Pontifical Mass at SS Trinità dei Pellegrini

On my arrival in Roma I wended my way to this famous church where St Philip established a confraternity. Card Branmueller has just begun the Confiteor.

PS Faldstool

As usual, no row by row Communion.

Acts of thanksgiving at side altars. Thank You, Lord, that we weren’t forced by someone with a microphone to sing some ditty.

Reposing the Blessed Sacrament.




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  1. AReluctantSinner says:

    How I wish I could be there for this pilgrimage… I am there in spirit, though.

    (If you happen to bump into a young man called Nikolaus, please could you assure him that the statue of Our Lady of Walsingham should be with him by the weekend. Thanks.)

    God bless


  2. dnicoll says:

    Wonderful stuff. I got to Church early, went to confession (had to ask, but needed to do it as I wanted Communion), then participated in the Mass. Then lit a candle and spent some time with Our Mother. Glad I became a Catholic at Easter.

  3. robtbrown says:

    IMHO, an important indicator will be when Opus Dei starts public use of the 1962 Missal.

  4. jameeka says:

    Cool panoramic photo!

  5. HighMass says:

    Hi Fr. Z,
    Have a wonderful time in Roma….please pray that we (in our part of the world) can have Mass in the E.F. as the new pastor is bucking it and most likely won’t allow it to happen….
    Thanks for your Prayers.

    God Bless

  6. chantgirl says:

    Enjoy your trip Fr.Z. I’m glad you were able to go. Say a prayer for all of us!

  7. I just had an idea (don’t worry, I didn’t hurt myself).

    I think I may know how to get Catholics to be responsible for their votes.

    If the Bishop isn’t happy with the way the Catholics in his diocese votes, then he could take away English and use Latin only, and for that matter require all priests to use only the 1962 books unless they get permission, and only give communion to the people at Easter.

    After four years of this, the “not really catholic” people will finally leave, and the libs that stay will know not to push so hard for a bad guy or maybe they won’t vote at all. They will have to consider if they want Obama in the White House or free range over the liturgy.

  8. gloriainexcelsis says:

    Sigh! I attended a Solemn High Mass there when, on pilgrimage, we celebrated the 20th anniversary of the FSSP. It was October 18, 2008, feast of St. Luke. Cardinal Hoyos was celebrant. The church was overflowing with the pilgrims from the U.S., Germany and France, in particular. How I wish I could be there again. The painting of the Trinity over the high altar by Guido Reni is impressive to say the least.

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  10. Absit invidia says:

    I too attended a Solemn High Mass there on the 10th Anniversary of the FSSP in 1998. Cardinal Meyer was celebrant. It was so impressive that people were in tears.

  11. Clinton R. says:

    Thank you for sharing these photos, Father. The Holy Mass in the EF is indeed the most beautiful sight this side of Heaven. May it be restored as the Ordinary Rite of the Holy Mass. God Bless you, Father. +JMJ+

  12. skvie5738 says:

    What is it about Europeans not going up to communion row by row? It drives me insane!! There is no rush and it is not a race; you will get communion if you wait in line!!!!

  13. Gratias says:

    Viva FSSP.

    Trinitá dei Pellgrini hits the spot. Have attended EF mass there twice, but never with such a crowd. We will be attending the 3pm mass in St. Peter’s November 3d. Hard to believe this dream is going to come true. Will Fr. Z be helping serve the mass? Will there be a chance to present our respects to him afterwards?

  14. Fabrizio says:

    skvie5738 said:

    What is it about Europeans not going up to communion row by row? It drives me insane!! There is no rush and it is not a race; you will get communion if you wait in line!!!!

    Well, the devout soul cannot wait to be united with God, and the sinner does not wish to be the focus of everyboy else’s attention at that time during H. Mass. There is profound wisdom, the wisdom of centuries (and centuries, and centuries…) in the Italian/European style of going to communion. They do wait in line, but they do not form a line by moving row by row one after another. That you go or stay seated, your attention won’t be drawn to what all others are doing. The mild, holy “confusion” is but another little help to focussing on the mystery of the Eucharist instead of being tempted to monitor who is who interrups or breaks the pace or the military-like manouvres to form the line. Freedom of the children of God. Because of the IMHO excessive reduction of the Eucharist fast, the “Italian style” communion is the last thin, charitable veil on the deserved privacy of the sinner who is still drawn to the Sacred Mysteries. Or rather, it is more of a help to the charity if who would be tempted to notice who’s receiving and who isn’t. We’re human beings.

  15. robtbrown says:

    skvie5738 says:

    What is it about Europeans not going up to communion row by row? It drives me insane!! There is no rush and it is not a race; you will get communion if you wait in line!!!

    Actually, it’s mostly Italians. Germans (and probably most NEuros) have a military style procession to Communion.

    Why should row by row be the way it should be done? I find the American tendency to program everything and everyone anywhere from silly to offensive.

  16. Giuseppe says:

    I like row-by-row. Went to one church with a crowded Mass that did row-by-row from the rear first, and (while I don’t know the math behind it) it seemed to move more smoothly than any other way.

  17. Mariana says:


    As for row by row: sometimes we have it but I detest it, I have to keep watching when it’s the turn of my row and that’s distracting.

  18. JacobWall says:

    Where I lived in Mexico, there is no row by row. I think if people don’t like it, you should just not do it. If people just started going up out of order, it would soon catch on. Sure, you’d get some dirty looks, but worst things have happened. If you’re focused on receiving Christ’s Body, you won’t even see the dirty looks.

    I now regret having “corrected” my (Mexican) wife when we arrived in Canada. Oblivious to the row by row thing, she just went up whenever she felt ready (as people do in at least some parts of that country). I was embarrassed by this and started telling her to wait her turn. She had no idea she was doing anything “out of order” until I told her. As I said, I now regret that.

  19. catholicmidwest says:

    I really don’t like row-by-row communion. It encourages people to receive whether they are in a state of grace or not because it’s soooooo obvious if people break formation. I also don’t like the ushers all over the place because they’re frankly superfluous. At one of the local parishes here, they think they have to shake hands with everyone who gets in the Holy Communion line. I won’t do it. They need to sit down and stop being attention hogs. It’s not about them. I wish they’d get a clue.

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