More of the Consecration of Old St. Patrick in KC

Here are a few photos of some of the more interesting moments in the rite of consecration and a couple from the Pontifical Mass and its aftermath.

I’ll post and maybe add notes later. 

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  1. TJM says:

    What is the Latin word for “wow.” Absolutely stunning. Tom

  2. Anthony says:

    What’s on the ground? Sand? Can someone please describe these rituals?!

  3. SMJ says:

    More information about the Oratory:

  4. Calleva says:

    Now that’s what I call a Catholic church! Awesome!

  5. Craig says:

    Bishop Finn wrote the Latin and Greek alphabets in the sand.

    I only cried twice during the services. I wish I could express clearly the depth of beauty and holiness that I was blessed to witness today. Bishop Finn’s homily was so inspiring, with much emphasis on vocations and voting your faith. Ugh I just can not find the words to talk about everything. I do not doubt FrZ will be able to clarify a lot of points.

    I will say this though, there was a veritable army of young seminarians running around in cassocks and lace surpluses (only traditional Catholic men talk about beautiful lace and not think twice about it).

    Ohj and the vestments were amazing as well. Ok, I need to go pray for our parish community and our Priests and Bishops.

  6. Andrew says:

    That’s not a cappa magna…it’s a cappa maxima! It looks like a stunning ceremony. The sort of thing that makes you glad to be Catholic.

  7. Christopher says:

    Everyone is correct, words can not describe how awesome the ceremony was.
    I feel honored to have attended. The over 5 hour ceremony just flew by, There was very little “down” time.

    I have some pix up on my blog as well if you are interested and from there you can get to the complete flickr set that I took

    Please pray for the Institute, Old St. Patrick and Bishop Finn


  8. Mark P. says:

    What was the music? I’d assume there was chant. Any polyphony?

  9. Fr. BJ says:

    I remember watching the video of Abp. Burke consecrating the oratory in Wausau, and thinking how much work it is to consecrate a church in the old Rite! These photos confirm it! A few wardrobe changes, climbing up ladders, writing alphabets in sand… 5 hours! Awesome. I hope that a video or an EWTN broadcast will be available.

  10. William says:

    No, not “Namewitheld,” Father Z, but “William!”

  11. William says:

    NEWS FLASH: Upon seeing these pictures, Fr. R. McBrien was rushed to University Hospital. According to doctors in the Maternity Ward, however, he’s doing just fine, as are the five adorable kittens to which he’s given birth!

  12. Jayna says:

    Now that’s what I call a consecration. And the vestments! Oh, it’s just too much for words. It must have been a beautiful ceremony.

    By the way, I love that pic of the nuns receiving communion. For some reason, the first thing that popped into my head was The Bells of St. Mary’s. :)

  13. Dan says:

    what happended to H.E.miter? it looks bent or damaged.

  14. Jason Petty says:

    “This place is terrible. . . “

  15. beng says:

    Those black dresses on photo no.15. Are they nun with traditional habbit?

    I thought they’ve extinct.

  16. ED says:

    Please Lord promote Bishop Finn to St. Louis!!!

  17. I don’t permit “anonymous” or “namewithheld”.

  18. ED, kindly stop praying to steal Bp. Finn. However, I’ll join you in prayer that more bishops follow his example!

    The nuns in the photos are from the nearby Benedictines of Mary, Queen of Apostles– it’s a “new” but traditional order. We Kansas Citians are proud to have them in our town!

  19. Wow indeed. I hope to experience such an event someday.

    Speaking of St. Louis, I’ll be there next week!

  20. Lepanto says:


  21. Dr. Eric says:

    The altar looks more simple that I would have guessed.

    I too am praying that Bishop Finn comes to St. Louis.

  22. Dr. Eric says:

    Strike that, it should read “… than I would have guessed.”

  23. J W says:

    I have a silly question – does the Bishop chair (the one from the 20’s mentioned in an earlier post) stay there even after the bishop leaves?

    Beautiful church, I’ll make a point a visit if I’m ever in the area.

  24. Margaret says:

    The altar looks more simple…

    I think that altar is a beautiful, genuine example of “noble simplicity,” as opposed to the stripped-down barrenness advocated by some misguided liturgists.

  25. puella says:

    Two words: holy envy. As in, I suffer from.

    Gorgeous. Beautiful. Just oooooooh.

    Look at the bishop getting up there to the consecration crosses! And that stuff in the sand! There’s so much I don’t know and arrrrrgh I want to learn!!

    And that altar’s beautiful.

    Ok I’m going to stop now :D

  26. EDG says:

    Thank you for the great photos! What a beautiful event it must have been. As the old liturgy and old liturgical practices come back, I think they’re coming back even more beautiful than they were before. It seems to me that people are putting more care and reverence into them.

  27. Craig says:

    The Bishop’s chair will be returned to the Chancery. At one time it resided at a local seminary, St. John’s, now a protestant school, suppose it could be worse, it could be a reiki center.

    It has the Bishop Lillis’s coat of arms on the canopy, he was a pastor of the parish then the Bishop.

  28. Paul Madrid says:

    What’s the usual practice in the EF when the diocesan bishop would visit a church w/out a permanent throne? Set up a movable throne gospel side? Set up a faldstool somewhere?

  29. B J Flavin says:

    Why did the Bishop write the alphabet in the sand?

  30. Mary says:

    Not to go down a rabbit hole, but I never thought I’d see anyone use the term “faldstool” in real life (see Paul Madrid’s comment). I learned it from an old Catholic trivia game. I guess when I first learned the word I was not so into the liturgy as I am now. :)

  31. Emilio III says:

    A couple of people have asked about the “writing on the sand”. There are a couple of posts dealing with it on the New Liturgical Movement blog. The first one dealing with this same consecration and a more recent post about a variation where the cross is much larger, so as to almost cover the entire interior of the church.

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