Tonight in Madison, the Extraordinary Ordinary, His Excellency Most Reverend Robert C. Morlino, Bishop of the same Madison, will celebrated a Pontifical Mass at the Throne in the Extraordinary Form of the Roman Rite. The Mass will begin at 7 PM at the Chapel of the Bishop O’Connor Center. (BTW… there is no Cathedral in Madison at the moment, for, sadly, it burned down some time ago).
Tonight His Excellency will use a new set of pontifical vestments I recently obtained. HERE
His Excellency will have to put on an array of vestments, each of which have their particular significance and prayers. The bishop, before saying Mass, symbolically puts on the full armor of God.
For example, when the Bishop puts on his gloves, he says:
Circumda, Domine, manus meas munditia novi hominis, qui de caelo descendit; ut, quemadmodum Jacob dilectus tuus pelliculis hoedorum opertis manibus, paternam benedictionem, oblato patri cibo potuque gratissimo, impetravit; sic et oblata per manus nostras salutaris hostia, gratiae tuae benedictionem mereatur. Per Dominum nostrum Jesum Christum Filium tuum, qui in similitudinem carnis peccati pro nobis obtulit semetipsum.Place upon my hands, Lord, the cleanliness of the new man, that came down from heaven; that, just as Jacob Thy beloved, covering his hands with the skins of goats, and offering to his father most pleasing food and drink, obtained his father’s blessing, so also may the saving victim offered by our hands, merit the blessing of Thy grace. Through our Lord Jesus Christ, Thy Son, Who in the likeness of sinful flesh offered Himself for us.
The biblical references are Genesis 27 and Romans 8.
He has prayers for his cross and the shoes he wears, etc., all beautiful and packed with meaning.
However, in these modern times, we have a new vestment that bishops, and priests for that matter, put on: the wireless microphone.
I can’t stand these things, by the way. But I digress.
We came up with a prayer for the Vesting of the Microphone:
Concede, Domine, virtutem labiis meis et prudentiam ad Tuam proclamandam veritatem, ut per indigni servi Tui vocem, vox Tui tonitrui in rota contremat terram.
I will let you, dear readers, render this into your own perfect, yet smooth, English version. Extra credit for identifying the allusion.
BTW… the prayer in its original version, composed by another, was offered first to His Excellency Archbishop Sample of Portland. I tweaked it for style and a couple points of syntax.
Finally… His Excellency Bp. Morlino hasn’t used the mic for the last several Pontifical Masses and I have no reason to think he will this time.