Brick by brick at the Mother Church

Thanks to John Sonnen of Orbis Catholicus I can dip into the bowl of liturgical eye candy with this image of the Prefect of the Congregation for Divine Worship in a Pontifical TLM at the main altar of St. John Lateran in Rome.

Brick by brick.

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  1. Lee says:

    And here, if you wish, is lots more liturgical eye and ear candy:…after which you may want something salty:

  2. idatom says:

    Fr. Z.;

    This reminds me of Zero Mostel’s deep rich voice performing “Tradition” we lost a lot when we threw much of our tradition out with the bath water. It is soooo good to see some of it return. Brick by brick is going to take a long time.

    Tom Lanter

  3. Lee says:

    Here is a better link to the treasures put up by Peter Zrinjski:

  4. vincentuher says:

    Now that is indeed an image to feast upon. For every step in the right direction, each brick upon brick, LAUS DEO!

  5. wanda says:

    Gorgeous and dare I say it? Ineffible.

  6. asperges says:

    .. and the wonderful thing is that even after 40 years of trying so hard to wipe it all out, it’s STILL alive and well, rehabilitated and so naturally and authentically Catholic!

  7. Penguins Fan says:

    I saw a link on Inside Catholic from the National Catholic Distorter. That bunch is going apoplectic over the TLM being celebrated in Rome. Ain’t it a pity?

  8. moconnor says:

    Wow, I didn’t know they did this at the Lateran. I was just there this past summer and thought how nice it would be.

  9. Central Valley says:

    A sneak peak of heaven. If only the bishops of the United States would open their eyes, hearts and souls………..

  10. Central Valley: From your mouth to God’s ears!
    I have to say this and don’t mean to be nasty or negative; while on pilgrimage a year or so ago we visited the Lateran Basilica; a truly magnificent work to the glory of God.
    And what did we walk into at 5PM in the evening?
    An ordination of priests accompanied with the opening song accompanied by GUITARS! It was for a very well-known ecclesial movement; it was reverent and edifying (in the sense that there was a full house with families with young children and the ordinands were young and plentiful).
    But with GUITARS??? In the Lateran Basilica?
    Okay, I’ll calm down.
    But these pictures and the very fact that the head of Congregation of Divine Worship offered Mass in the “usus antiquior” with priests in a conference during the ‘Year for Priests’ and the beautiful sacred music does my heart good. And I believe it does the Church good, as well.
    Praise be Jesus Christ!

  11. And one other note: I was not edified by the installation of Archbishop Dolan in the St. Patrick Cathedral. (My other meandering thought, Central Valley!).
    There was nothing, ‘per se], objectionable. But it’s St. Patrick Cathedral in NY, for heaven’s sake.
    No Gregorian chant (that I remember; at least not the Propers). The choir could have been in any Anglican, Methodist or Presbyterian Church for all that they did. Sorry. But I was very disappointed.
    Jeffrey Tucker is “spot on” about the need to return to the Gregorian Propers for Masses, esp. in Cathedrals. And our Bishops should be very concerned about the music that happens in their cathedrals. So, I agree wholeheartedly with you, Central Valley,…may our Bishops “open their eyes, hearts, and souls”.

  12. Prof. Basto says:

    What I would like to see next, step by step:

    – firstly, the Cardinal Secretary of State becoming one of the Cardinals that celebrates the TLM; It would be lovely if His Eminence did so on the Altar of the Chair of St. Peter’s Basilica;

    – secondly, a new Cardinal Prefect of the Congregation for Bishops celebrating the TLM;

    – the Pope, having restored the use of the Sedia Gestatoria and of the Fanon in both ordinary form and extraordinary form Masses, presiding over a Solemn Pontifical Mass Coram Summo Pontifice, to be celebrated by the Cardinal President of the Pontifical Commission Ecclesia Dei (someone who, holding that capacity, needs to
    start celebrating the TLM too).

    – fourthly, the Pope, having reformed the Papal Household to restore at least some elements of the old papal Court, celebrating the Solemn Papal Mass on the Altar of the Confession of St. Peter’s basilica.

  13. Mitchell NY says:

    Prof. Basto,

    I think that would satisfy most traditionalist and could be worked through the lens of continuity angle towards restoration. It may not be everything but certainly some of the essential elements. It would certainly make Rome seem more “complete”.

  14. Dr. Eric says:

    Could we say that as far as “brick by brick” is concerned, that this is a fairly large brick?

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