Archbp. Burke, TLM, Vatican Basilica

Our friend John Sonnen has some first images of His Excellency Most. Rev. Raymond Burke’s Solemn Mass in the Vatican Basilica.


Another view from Messa in Latino:

I found some of the accounts interesting.

I was especially amused by that of Robert Moynighan and how he found out about the Mass.

If he read this blog more often, he would have known days before.

But the important thing is that it a) took place and b) was well attended.

May there be many more of the same.

I suspect that this is, in fact, a prelude.


Another from Orbis Catholicus:

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  1. 3D says:

    Looks like the Institute of Christ the King was largely involved: Father Karl Lenhardt is the Archpriest and Father Gilles Guitard is the Master of Ceremonies.

  2. P.McGrath says:

    Also, there are two brief YouTube videos up from that Mass, with some superb polyphony:

    Hat tips: John Sonnen and Mr. Jan Bentz

  3. jbas says:

    For those of us who have never been to Rome, I wonder if there are any “virtual tours” of Saint Peter’s online. I tried the Vatican web site, but could not come up with anything. I would just like a clearer idea where this altar is located.

  4. Jack Hughes says:

    The word at Rorate is that people were prevented from attending, does anyone else know anything about this?

  5. Dauphin says:


    It’s a chapel off the right-hand(northern)side of the basilica, before the transept.

  6. Dr. Eric says:

    As far as “brick by brick” is concerned, this seems like a pretty hefty brick!

  7. Central Valley says:

    Brick by brick. Imagine in less than two years a scene like this could happen at the concrete cathedral in Los Angeles. Let us pray.

  8. DCtrad says:

    Come on Holy Father you can do it too. We are not out of the woods yet, however a day of great victory.

    Can someone explain to me what a Solemn Pontifical High Mass would look like with the Holy Father was presiding? How does this differ as Masses go what is needed?

    Also did I see His Excellency Bp. Schneider in this You Tube video? Or is it just me? look closely.

  9. SidMJr says:


    Look at this site:

    The Chapel of the Blessed Sacrament is number 72:

  10. Samson says:


    The papal mass is a very complex ceremony that stands out on many points from a pontifical high mass. I guess thats why we have not until this day seen The Holy Father celebrate the EF (something he did numerous times as a cardinal). You can read about it on wikipedia

  11. SPWang says:

    Too cool

  12. JPG says:

    If they were prevented from attending it may be because the chapel was packed judging from the Photos.

  13. Rob Cartusciello says:

    My wife & I just missed the Mass, but we did meet the participants in Piazza San Pietro during the Angelus. God bless all of you in your work.

  14. Bornacatholic says:

    Fantastic!!!! This is exceptionally great news. Glory be to God.

  15. Kimberly says:

    Oh, how I love the vestments!!!

  16. Cantuale says:

    I was there, though I wasn’t able to enter the chapel which was overcrowded. But it was possible to see and listen through the windows and the oper door.

  17. DCtrad says:

    Thank you Samson!

  18. ipadre says:

    It would be nice to see the whole Mass on video!

  19. irishgirl says:

    I watched the clips that PMcGrath provided-very cool!

    Loved the singing!

    I’m with you, ipadre-I’d like to see the whole Mass on video, too!

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