Was there a good point in the sermon you heard for your Sunday Mass?
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Meanwhile, here are two shots from this morning’s Mass at St. Mary’s in Pine Bluff.
With the new vestments I recently bought in Rome. I blessed them before the Asperges.
What beautiful blessing prayers!
Almighty everlasting God, who decreed through Moses, your servant, that the vesture of high-priest, priest, and levite, used in fulfilling their ministry in your sight, should be worn to dignify and beautify the worship rendered to your holy name; mercifully heed our prayers, and be pleased, through our lowly ministry, to bless ~ these priestly vestments (this priestly vestment), bedewing them with your grace, so that they become hallowed and suitable for divine worship and the sacred mysteries. Let every bishop, priest, or deacon clothed in these sacred vestments be strengthened and defended from all assault or temptation of wicked spirits; let them perform and celebrate your mysteries reverently and well; and let them always carry out their ministry in a devout and pleasing manner; through Christ our Lord.
This looks like the moment before the Gospel.
Worthy of Norman Rockwell.
I spoke of how God’s omnipotence is manifested in mercy and addressed the perennial question of why God allows the wicked to keep at it. God is patient. He allows wickedness before he chastises. Remembering the words of Augustine, perhaps one day the weeds will become the wheat! We have role in people’s lives.
Some of you might recognize this as the church where the the Diocese of Madison’s Extraordinary Ordinary, Bp. Robert Morlino, had a Pontifical Mass at the Faldstool a while back (yes… at the faldstool, even though he is the bishop). Your’s truly is MC standing slight behind and to the Epistle side of the sacred ministers.
I, vigilant, watch to make sure they are observing the rubrics.
In January we will have Pontifical NUPTIAL Mass at the same Church.