A ghost was lain in Newark today. In the magnificent Catholic Cathedral of the Sacred Heart, which once Episcopalians were permitted to use to celebrate and raise John Shelby Spong, there was a Solemn Mass in the Roman Rite after a pilgrimage to the Holy Door for the Year of Mercy.
We trekked to Newark to participate. I am kidding about a bit when I bring up Spong, of course, for he is relevant to … almost nothing, I suppose, except for an occasional verse in Fr. Ferguson’s parody songs. The important thing is that, after decades, the Roman Rite returned to Sacred Cathedral… the Mass around which, for which, by which the Cathedral was designed. What a church!
It was a pilgrimage, for the Holy Year, so there was a solemn entrance through the designated Holy Door. The Gloria, Laus et Honor was sung, the door was knocked with the processional Cross and opened. In went the procession.
I’d say about 400 people were present. No doubt there will be photos from different sources.
After Mass it was off to lunch.
We went to Spanish place. The proprietor is from Galicia, which is where the Society of Jesus the Priest which serves in Madison is founded.
On the way back to the City… for a nap!