Last night, 31 May, His Excellency Most Reverend Robert C. Morlino, Bishop of Madison and Extraordinary Ordinary, celebrated a Pontifical Mass at the Throne at Immaculate Heart of Mary Church in Monona for the Feast of the Queenship of Mary. The Mass was in the Roman Catholic Church’s Traditional, Extraordinary Form.
A lot of preparations go into these Masses. There are a lot of moving parts.
Speaking of moving parts… the construction of the portable throne.
In attendance were many priests, seminarians and faithful. The Knights and Dames of the Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulchure of Jersusalem processed in with the bishop as Knights of Columbus provided the Honor Guard. The music included lovely Marian hymns such as Ave Maris Stella, Regina Coeli and, with a great thunder of pipe organ, Hail, Holy Queen Enthroned Above for the recessional. The Ordinary of the Mass was the Missa Prima by Fr Michael Haller (+1915) and the Proper in Gregorian chant.
During his sermon, Bishop Morlino, who observed his anniversary of ordination, spoke in a special way about the priesthood.
The Mass was also the occasion of the first use of the new set of white vestments from Rome, embroidered with the coat of arms of both the Diocese of Madison and of Bishop Morlino. The vestments are intended for these complex Pontifical Masses and for ordinations to the diaconate and the priesthood.
This is the church back in the early 1960s, for a Pontifical Mass in the presence of the bishop.
Getting ready to vest the bishop for a Pontifical Mass at the Throne on another occasion:
Here is last night, from about the same angle.
It would have been fun to recreate that old photo!
This, however, is how we set up the altar.
The deacon reverences the bishop before returning to the altar to fetch the Evangelarium.
The Second Confiteor…
After the Mass the clergy and seminarians piled into the rectory for a splendid supper and celebration of the bishop’s anniversary.
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