UPDATE – PHOTOS – MADISON: 8 Dec – Solemn Mass in the presence of Bp. Morlino for Immaculate Conception

Last night, 8 Dec, the Tridentine Mass Society of Madison (we have a vestment project – PLEASE HELP!) sponsored a Solemn Mass in the Extraordinary Form in the Presence of the Diocesan Bishop, His Excellency Most Reverend Robert C. Morlino (aka The Extraordinary Ordinary).

Bp. Morlino attended in cappa magna rather than in cope and miter and he gave the homily from the Throne.  I, the undersigned, was the celebrant for the Mass.

Here are a few photos from the Mass.

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In this manner of celebrating Mass, the Bishop comes to the center of the altar and he recites the Prayers at the foot of the altar.  After the absolution, the the celebrant takes over.  The bishop blesses the incense each time it is used.  He blesses the water at the offertory.

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Heading to the center for the consecration: the bishop kneels before the altar.

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On the way out, the bishop blesses people. The Assistant Priest is Fr. Greg Ihm, the Director for Vocations… just in case you potential seminarians with a love of Tradition want to put in an application… I’m just sayin …. look at this picture.
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A better view.

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Meeting people after Mass.

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A fitting way to celebrate Our Lady and the beginning of the Year of Mercy.

Brick by brick, dear readers, brick by brick.


On Tuesday evening, 8 December, Feast of the Immaculate Conception (in these USA a Holy Day of Obligation), a special Solemn Mass in the Extraordinary Form will be celebrated in the presence of the Diocesan Bishop of Madison, His Excellency Most Reverend Robert C. Morlino.

A Solemn Mass includes the service also of a Deacon and Subdeacon.  Since it is in the presence of the diocesan bishop, some of the ceremonies are changed.

This Mass also marks the beginning of the Year of Mercy, officially inaugurated in Rome by Pope Francis on 8 December.

All are welcome. Clergy are invited to participate in appropriate choir dress.

The music for this Holy Mass will be Gregorian Chant and a polyphonic Ordinary under the direction of Mr. Aristotle Esguerra.
Missa secunda, Michael Haller (1840–1915)
Magnificat octavi toni, Ciro Grassi (1868–1952)
Ave Maria, Jacob Handl (1550–1591

What: Solemn Mass in the Presence of the Bishop in the Extraordinary Form of the Roman Rite
When: Tuesday, 8 December, Immaculate Conception, 7:30 PM
Where: Bishop O’Conner Pastoral Center – MAP
Why: Patronal Feast of the United States of America, Holy Day of Obligation, opening of the Year of Mercy in Rome
Who: His Excellency Most Reverend Robert C. Morlino, Bishop of Madison (Homilist – Presiding), Fr. John Zuhlsdorf (Celebrant), Fr. Greg Ihm (Asst. Priest), Fr. Alex Navarro (Deacon), Fr. Chris Gernetzke (Subdeacon).

The Mass is sponsored by the Tridentine Mass Society of Madison. http://latinmassmadison.org/



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  1. baileymxd says:

    Ah, lovely setting, the Haller is.

  2. laurazim says:

    Father, do you know if any of the priests will be available before Mass for the hearing of confessions?

  3. I believe that Fr. Heilman will be available.

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  5. Elizabeth D says:

    I had the precious opportunity to go to Holy Hill, the Basilica of the National Shrine of Mary Help of Christians today with a friend and happened to be able to attend their Mass for the opening of a Holy Door there. Beautiful Mass with large attendance, celebrated by one of my past spiritual directors who is now the prior there. This Mass involved the sprinkling rite after the blessing of the doors, before Mass proceeded as usual. Although the Mass ordinary they use at Holy Hill makes me cringe a little, the musicians at this Mass were terrific, there was a good male cantor and there was a choir of young women in chapel veils who were amazing. Also Fr Michael the celebrant is a way above average singer as well as a good homilist. Everyone sang Salve Regina after Mass. Carmelites like singing Salve Regina.

    Later in the day I found myself in the downstairs chapel (of Saint Therese) and encountered a priest saying Mass in Spanish… in a blue chasuble! I never actually saw a blue chasuble in live action before. I believe the priest to be from Spain (old Spain in Europe). This Mass had only one family of three members attending but was celebrated beautifully (very different from local Spanish language Mass).

  6. Ben Yanke says:

    More photos, as well as a video, can be found at the Tridentine Mass Society of Madison Facebook page.

  7. TopSully says:

    Glad to see the Knights of Columbus there.

  8. BoniGRAY says:

    nice pics

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