Yesterday evening, real Corpus Christi, we had a Pontifical Mass at the Throne with a Eucharistic Procession at St. Norbert’s in Roxbury, WI, a beautiful little church in a deeply German area of the diocese.
Here are a few photos to give you a taste of the event.
To put yourself more fully into it, it is about 90°F in the church, no AC, and very humid.
Ecce Sacerdos Magnus, qui in diebus suis placuit Deo…
The painting above the altar was a gift to the parish by King Ludwig of Bavaria.
Note the fans.
Lots of vestments!
The Bishop gives the pax to a newly ordained deacon of the diocese, participating as 2nd Assistant at the Throne.
Just for nice!
The first priests carries the Blessed Sacrament. Note that both our ombrellino and the canopy match our Pontifical set.
The first altar.
The second priests carries the Blessed Sacrament back to the church.
The Extraordinary Ordinary gives the final Benediction.
Getting the recessional organized. We had the participation of Knights of Columbus and Knights and Dames of the Holy Sepulcher. There were priests in choir from the Society of Jesus the Priest.
It was a great Mass, though we were pretty wilted by the end.
At the end, there was a potluck supper for the congregation.
The crucifix behind the main altar was visible during Mass but veiled in pictures that show the Eucharist in a monstrance. I’ve never seen that done before. Would someone please explain why that was done?
[Your question is unclear. However, if I understand you correctly, over the tabernacle there is – as is not uncommon in older, German churches, a rotating platform which contains compartments, one for a crucifix, one for a monstrance with the Blessed Sacrament. That makes exposition and reposition easier. In other cases, for exposition it is common to remove the crucifix and to put the monstrance in its place.]
In the pic “Note the fans” I immediately thought: “Ahh, flabelli!” ;-)
Seriously, they had a practical use, as well as ceremonial. That’s the beauty of the Roman Rite – and all the old rites. When our electronic age breaks down – no mikes, no A/C – the practicality of our ancestors, and their talent for adapting that into Beauty, will again come to the fore. Credo.
I can see from the pictures the key or unlock pin for the niche in the photos, there are several around here like that, and yes this is an old line German Catholic area with mostly older churches, and quite beautiful ones at that, at least 10 or 12 within a twenty minute drive, five within 8 miles of me