1st Vespers and Vigil for Nascent Life beginning

The Vigil is getting underway.

VESPERS… some screen shots

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  1. MarcusM says:

    The famous “Largo Religioso” by Silveri (knows as March of Silveri), which used to be played at elevation until sixties, has been just played, as the deacon carried the Sanctissimo to the altar. It’s followed by Card. Bartolucci’s setting of polyphonic Adoro te devote.

  2. TNCath says:

    The Sistine Choir is using Cardinal Domenico Bartolucci’s arrangement of Adoro Te Devote! When was the last time we heard that? Very nice.

  3. MarcusM says:

    This summer, at the vigil with priests:

  4. frbobmac says:

    some beautiful camera angles of children in their parents arms …. and a great few seconds of a child who broke free from his parents!

  5. irishgirl says:

    Beautiful Vespers-and this time I heard the silver trumpets!
    The little ones were cute, too. I heard a lot of them making noises during the periods of silence.
    That’s a nice close up picture of the Holy Father kneeling.

  6. TJerome says:

    Exquisite. I think we can all thank God for Pope Benedict. Beauty has returned to St. Peter’s

  7. Dr. Eric says:

    That was a very striking shade of purple, not too red and not too blue- just right.

  8. dominic1955 says:

    I do have a bit of a red-violet color deficiency in my sight, but those vestments look straight up blue to me.

  9. Prof. Basto says:

    Trully exquisite images indeed. Wonderful celebration of the Divine office in the presence of the Most Holy Sacrament.

    But I must say that, if I were presented to those vestments without prior knowledge of that they were used by the Pope of Rome for an Advent celebration, I would say that they are blue. I only call this colour violet because the Pope wouldn’t wear blue vestments in contravention of the liturgical laws.

    But to me, violet is the colour of the bishops’ cassocks. In the second image from bottom to top, one can see the difference of colour between the Pope’s vestments and the violet cassocks of the bishops. Also, the steps of the papal throne are violet. But the vestments of Pope and deacons is simply dark blue.

  10. TNCath says:

    Prof. Basto and dominic1955: They most definitely look blue in the photos, but in the actual TV footage , they are most definitely purple. I would prefer a more “violet” look, but, in the words of my Sicilian great-grandmother, “Whatcha gonna do?”

  11. Maltese says:

    These formalities are very beautiful within the context of the Vatican; what is sad is that many of them existed outside the Vatican before Vatican II, and no longer exist today….

  12. dominic1955 says:

    I figured as much, however, I always thought that “Roman purple” was more on the red spectrum than the blue spectrum anyway. Regardless, they are beautiful vestments and I’m sure the silver trumpets are wonderful as well. God bless the Pope in his efforts at restoring Vatican traditions!

  13. Dr. Eric says:

    Now looking at the pictures on the website, the Pope’s vestments do look more bluish than the images that I saw on EWTN. It may be my TV.

  14. TNCath says:

    Yes, Dr. Eric, you are correct. The photos have more of a bluish tint to them that what was portrayed on the TV screen, which was definitely more of a violet hue. Nonetheless, the Vespers could not have been better prayed or celebrated than they were today. Deo gratias!

  15. Henry Edwards says:


    This may have less to do with Vatican II than with what kind of priests we have. I don’t recall ever having heard of lauds and vespers before the Council. But now, lauds and vespers are sung daily (at 6 am and 5:30 pm, resp.) in the parish adjacent to the one I attended then. In a simple church rather than a great basilica, of course, and in English by a handful of parishioners rather than in Latin by a huge choir. But with care and dignity, and on feast days the altar is solemnly incensed by the priest wearing a cope as the Magnificat is sung.

  16. Mitchell NY says:

    I prayed that the Silveri Symphony would become widely heard after the last time we heard it at the closing of the Year of the Priest during the Procession. It moved me to tears after its’ absence for so long. It is such a moving and solemn piece. Thank you Holy Father for restoring it to a place in the Vatican. It harks back to a time of great solemnity and beauty. It instills dignity in one’s thoughts when heard. The Pope’s vestments are wonderful too. They do look “bluish” but it might just be the colors from artificial sources such as TV or Internet.

  17. Concerning what is “violet”, what is “purple” and their traditions in Catholic liturgy, please look here:


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