Rome – Day 4-5: Beautiful Masses

On Friday evening at Santa Maria sopra Minerva there was a beautiful Mass for which the ministers were of the Institute of Christ the King. There were a great many of the faithful present, including clerics… yes… they belong to the faithful too.


And then there’s this.  Mass isn’t all we do.

Moreover, on 14 Sept there was a highly Roman Mass in Madison, celebrated by His Excellency Most Rev. Robert C. Morlino, the Extraordinary Ordinary, with a special participation of the Knights and Ladies of the Holy Sepulcher.

This, friends, is what is up in Madison, in accord with Summorum Pontificum.







Meanwhile, back in Rome, today we had a procession from the Chiesa Nuova to San Pietro where there was a Mass at the faldstool.  I am sure lots of photos will be forthcoming, for everyone was clicking away at the beautiful sights and sounds.


After Mass I went to a luncheon.  There were a great number of wonderful people from all over the world.  He is the head of Una Voce Japan!  I look forward to visiting them soon.

I also had a wonderful discussion with a priest who served in Hong Kong.  The great Juventutem group in Hungary was well represented and I got know many more people from all over.  Meeting people is one of the pleasures of this annual event.

Card. Burke blessing the food before lunch.  With him are reps of Una Voce.

Those are a few glimpses of the day.  I am sure there will be more forthcoming.


A shots I received from the procession.  Yes, the lenses are range appropriate.  In the other, I am simply adjusting the biretta.

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♫♫Deh benedici, o Madre, al grido della fe’,
noi vogliam Dio, ch’è nostro Padre,
noi vogliam Dio, ch’è nostro Re.
noi vogliam Dio, ch’è nostro Padre,
noi vogliam Dio, ch’è nostro Re.♫♫

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  1. Father Bartoloma says:

    The Tait!

  2. gracie says:

    You may want to suggest to the rep from Una Voice Japan that they put their address on their website. I had to google them separately to find out that they’re in Shinjuku.

    [Hmmm… I found it right away.]

  3. Kathleen10 says:

    What lovely photos! So glad this is going on somewhere.

  4. majuscule says:

    A minor fruit of ad orientem: You recognize a priest by the back of his head!

  5. The fact that there is a TLM presence in Tokyo has made me consider moving to Japan. The food and public transportation is life changing there!

  6. Absit invidia says:

    Cool shades Padre

  7. gracie says:

    You have better eyesight than I do, Father Z. “Tokyo” I see, but the ward/neighborhood/block/building number I don’t.

  8. albinus1 says:

    I was in Rome on Pentecost this year, and had planned to attend Mass in the Pantheon and see the dropping of the red rose petals through the oculus. Alas, I badly miscalculated how early I would need to arrive, and wasn’t able to get into the Pantheon for Mass. So, I went to Mass next door, in Santa Maria sopra Minerva, which is one of my favorite churches in Rome. It has the body of St. Catherine of Siena (minus the head and (I think) right thumb, which are in Siena), as well as a Michelangelo statue of the Risen Christ (visible in several of your pictures).

    Still, my favorite church in Rome is Sant’Andrea della Valle, for three reasons: 1) it was the first church I ever visited in Rome, on my first trip there (1984; I was staying down the street at the Albergo Tiziano near the Largo Argentina); 2) it is the final resting place of Pope Pius II (Enea Silvia Piccolomini), one of Fr. Reginald Foster’s favorite popes and a great Latin stylist (also the pope who canonized St. Catherine), as well as of his nephew, Pope Pius III; and 3) it is where the first act of Puccini’s Tosca is set. I was once in the chorus for a production of Tosca, and the set — rented from a university opera company — consisted of a set of painted backdrops. The first act set was painted to look exactly like the interior of Sant’Andrea della Valle, by someone who had taken the time and trouble to become familiar with it.

    So wonderful to see the EF thriving!

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  10. ResMiranda says:

    Do my eyes deceive me, or are many of these priests young men? I pray that it is so! I also pray that a good number of them are middle aged, or older, that they may rise sooner to positions of influence. God be with us all and with our priests especially.

  11. Semper Gumby says:

    Thanks Fr. Z for all the posts and photos of the 10th Anniversary. “Danke Papst Benedikt” indeed.

    By the way, if Pabst Blue Ribbon beer means “Pope Blue Ribbon” beer, I’ll take a frosty mug please.

    Someone probably thought of this back in 2005, but “Benedict” would be a good name for a German Shepherd.

    p.s. Go Cubs, the Milwaukee Brewers are only 3 games behind.

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