The procession and Mass






























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  1. Speravi says:

    Am I mistaken? Do I see some NAC’rs in there? What a great sign of hope! God bless them and all the attendees.

  2. quixoticfreak says:

    Thanks for sharing the pictures Padre.

  3. Mary Jane says:

    Fantastic photos. Brings back a lot of great memories of Rome.

  4. StWinefride says:

    Great photos and thank you, Father Z! Father Andrew looks well – Rome must agree with him!

  5. acardnal says:

    And more photos continue to be uploaded. Nice!!

  6. jameeka says:

    Father John Horgan!
    great pictures!

  7. acardnal says:

    Thanks, jameeka! I was trying to remember his name. What is the name of his order? Something to do with angels I think.

  8. acardnal says:

    Well, I googled “Fr. Horgan”, jameeka, and he is a priest of the archdiocese of Vancouver. But he did a series on angels for EWTN. I need more coffee!

  9. joan ellen says:

    Thank you for the beautiful pictures Fr. Am always glad to see the Holy Father. The pictures are saying to me “The Church is alive…”. Am so glad you got to be there.

  10. acardnal says:

    joan ellen, I believe Cardinal Antonio Cañizares Llovera, Prefect of the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments celebrated the TLM Mass.

    From what I have learned from other websites, thousands were in attendance despite the early morning hour for the procession and Mass.

    More photos and videos here

  11. AnnAsher says:

    Beautiful inspiring occasion! Thank for posting pictures!

  12. AnnAsher says:

    Beautiful inspiring occasion! Thank for posting pictures!
    Why does the last priest in the procession have a stole?
    Who are the priest’s in blue?

  13. chantgirl says:

    AnnAsher- one of the priests in blue appears to be MSGR. Gilles Wach of the Institute of Christ the King Sovereign Priest. They wear blue. I’d like to know who the plump, amiable priest smiling outside is. He seems so jovial!

  14. Pax--tecum says:

    The priests in blue are from the Institute of Christ the King.

    Father, thank you for the lovely pictures!

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  16. Bea says:

    Great pictures.
    Thank you Father Z.
    Ohhhh to have been there on this day.
    My heart longs for the return of this Mass world wide anywhere anytime.

  17. acardnal says:

    joan ellen, I believe Cardinal Antonio Cañizares Llovera, Prefect of the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments celebrated the TLM Mass.

  18. Thanks for sharing the photos!

    It’s good to see Fr. John Horgan from our Archdiocese.

    God bless!

  19. Denis Crnkovic says:

    You know, esteemed Father Zuhlsdorf , you lead a charmed life…

  20. thoscole says:

    Is that San Salvatore in Lauro? Do I recall recorrectly that the great Eugene IV of the Council of Florence is buried there? That, starting on Via dei Coronari, is certainly an approach to St. Peter’s rich with historical precendent! Thanks for posting!

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  22. Catholictothecore says:

    You take great photos, Fr. Z. Thank you for sharing. Looking at them brought back wonderful memories. It’s just so right to have the Holy Father in Rome/Vatican City and not in Avignon, France. I mean Avignon has its own charm but it just doesn’t compare to Rome/Vatican City. When I got my first look of St. Peter’s Basilica years ago it was like, whoa! What a marvellous work of art.
    Rome is full of beautiful Churches but St. Peter’s stands out.

  23. pseudomodo says:

    Yay! Fr. John Horgan!

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  25. Gratias says:

    Mrs. Gratias and I arrived straight from California 10 minutes before the procession entered St. Peter’s. The area from the baldacchino to the Altar of Chair (in which St. Peter’s chair was preserved covered in brass by Bernini) was packed full of faithful. Difficult to count but maybe 1 and 2 thousand people. There were at least 50 priests processing in.

    There were some peculiarities in this mass that were different to what we see here in California. There was a Cantor that was sometimes joined by a schola of priests. But many verses were chanted (loudly) by all present, the Romans knew exactly when. This applied for the Gloria, Kyrie, Abnus Dei, Dominum non sum dignus for communicants (which always done), and the long gregorian Deo Gratias after the ite Missa est. This participatio activa was a great improvement to the Mass, I thought.

    Cardinal Canizares sat at the left of the altar facing directly to the public most of the time. He read the sermon sitting on this chair as well. The Gospel was about “Mulier, ecce filius Tuus”. Mariae Matri Ecclesiae. The Immaculate Heart of Mary prays for and protects us her children. By restoring the EF mass the Holy Father has given the Church a great gift. This Mass Cum Papa Nostro is a sign of communion and obedience to the Pope, explained the Cardinal.

    Many young people but none of the large families with lots of babies we are used to in traditional masses here in the USA. We are doing our part at keeping the Faith in America too.

    It was a great honor to be part of this historic pilgrimage. Michelangelo built St. Peter’s Basilica for Masses such as this one. A great day for all the Catholic Church.

    Gratias Benedictus XVI. Viva!

  26. Chris Garton-Zavesky says:

    Yes, that’s our esteemed Msgr. Wach. What a treat to see him. Thank you Father.

  27. HighMass says:

    Bellisima! How one wishes to be in attendance! Sia Lodato Gesu Cristo!

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