I am off again.
However, before dashing to the airport, we had ourselves a Pontifical Mass at the Throne for Our Lady’s Feast.
Before Mass the bishop consented to consecrate a new chalice, which was then used for Holy Mass.
Yes, we need a more orderly sacristy. Still out of my hands. We shall see.
Vessels for Mass are consecrated with special blessings which, according to the traditional Roman Pontifical, are reserved to a bishop. The vessels are anointed with Sacred Chrism.
Just for nice.
A shot of a lappet on the bishop’s miter, with his coat-of-arms.
And here is something you don’t see everyday, although it is coming to be more frequent in the Diocese of Madison.
We are slowly but surely training up a corps of servers and clerics who can handle the Pontifical Mass. The boys were great today, very reverent. I served as MC2, since I thought I was going to have to tear out for the airport, but we moved along very well. There is an extremely well-prepared young layman who handled the MC1 spot. It would be nice to have clerics in all these roles, but we are not there yet.
The choir also sang very well. We are building a great team. There were mistakes here and there but we are not going to let the perfect be the enemy of the good.
Also, we have to get a couple pontifical sets. Would you readers be interested in helping out with that?
Bishop Morlino today preached about how the dragon, who wants to destroy the child, the Church, is also after our country. As a matter of fact, we are about half way down the digestive tract. Then he spoke on the sacredness of the body of the human person, and how the Devil is attacking us through the body.
The last Pontifical Mass at the Throne was for Sts. Peter and Paul. We are going to try for another on 14 September, Exaltation of the Cross. Also, after Mass I asked about a Requiem in November. He was enthusiastic about that. It is quite different, and we would need to set up a catafalque. And we will need a pontifical set of vestments in black
It can all be done.
We are learning a lot here is Madison. Brick by brick, friends, brick by brick.
Ugh. Hungry. 30 minute connection, no time. How I love flying.