Yesterday evening there was a fine Pontifical Mass at the Throne in the Extraordinary Form in NYC beautiful St. Jean-Baptist Church on the East side.
Archbishop Emeritus of Cap-Haïtien, Haïti, Most Rev. François Gayot was celebrant. He was ordained a priest in 1954 for the Missionaries of the Company of Mary (the Montfort Missionaries). He was ordained a bishop in 1974 and became an Archbishop in 1988. He retired as Archbishop of Cap-Haïtien, Haïti in late 2003.
The choir at the Church of St. Jean Baptiste, under the direction of organist and choir master, Kyler Brown, sang Victoria’s Missa O Quam gloriosum est regnum along with several motets, including Messiaen’s O Sacrum convivium.
Here are a few inside shots and details.
I will have to wait for photos from others to be able to show you more. I was busy as the first assistant, or honorary deacon for the Mass (that means I put the miter on the bishop’s head a lot and a couple times took it off).
The music was splendid.
The pace of the Mass was slow, partly because our bishop for the Mass, 84 years old, was a bit infirm. However, on the way out of the sacristy he said to me very quietly, "This is the first time I have ever done this.". He has been a bishop for well over 30 years, and now, at last, he has offered Holy Mass in the full Roman rite, a Pontifical Mass.
I suspect that such an experience must change a bishop’s view, even a priest’s view of himself and of Mass changes as he learns the older, traditional form.