VIDEO: 2019 Ordinations of the Institute of Christ the King in Florence

Check out this video from the Institute of Christ the King. They have an overview of their “ordination week” with snippets of tonsure through ordination to the priesthood.




You get the impression that they take these things seriously.

I would not have minded at all being ordained in that kind of rite.  Of course, I had St. John Paul II as my ordaining bishop, in St. Peter’s.  But… Cardinal Burke in the traditional rite…?

You can tell a great deal from architecture and ornament, ceremony and music, about exactly what the people who made them believes about the Church.

I admit that I can do without guys in bicorn hats, but the shot at the end with Burke’s egress in the unreduced cappa magna is terrific.  It reminds us all that Cardinals are called to the kind of Faith that might wind up with their own blood running down those steps in martyrdom.

That’ll trigger some the Francis Squad.

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  1. fmsb78 says:

    Assuming that Benedict XVI will die first, I wonder what’s gonna happen to all these communities since SP looks like a letter inside a bottle floating in the middle of the sea…

    Some would say “Oh, people will take refuge at SSPX” but I sincerely doubt of that. Here in my city, the bishop shut down the only TLM in the entire dioceses and only 2 people out of 250 of those parishioners are now attending mass at Society’s chapel.

  2. tho says:

    Wow, that video was awesome. Those Italians know how to do things right. I am just overwhelmed, thank you that video.

  3. Michael Haz says:

    My wife and I attended the ICKSP ordination (of American canons) in St. Louis last summer as we are members of an ICKSP parish and the son of one of our fellow members was being ordained.

    It was sacred, moving, and beautiful.

    Bless those young men, the families in which they were raised and formed, and the Institute for its profoundly good work in teaching and training young men to become holy and strong priests.

    Interesting fact: Priests who train in diocesan seminaries are awarded academic degrees that might be used as credentials for other work, should they choose to leave the priesthood. ICKSP priests do not receive academic degrees, but rather are ordained priests for life.

  4. Semper Gumby says:

    This ICKSP video is sublime, an exemplar of manly excellence. Deo gratias.

    And in Florence no less, the city of Brunelleschi (his Ospedale degli Innocenti may be called the first Renaissance building), Giotto, and Dante (until a Florentine feud got out of hand).

    That cappa sure is magna. Now this is the Church being the Church.

  5. Gab says:

    Amazing. They actually said the pledge against Modernism! Hooray!

  6. SanSan says:

    Awesome, just awesome! So wonderful to see how serious ordination is. These new priests will head out to snatch souls from satan and return them to Our Father. Serious indeed! All for God’s Glory!

  7. Angela says:

    Wonderful video…..and to think – this happens every year, Deo gratias!

  8. jaykay says:

    Magnificent. I had the privilege to see Cdl. Burke close up at a Traditional Confirmation in Dublin back in 2010, and to greet him after. Albeit passing, his smile was so warm – true engagement. Then his presence and sermon, which he delivered in French – which I could understand as it was spoken slowly – in Chartres in 2017. Well, after that marathon Pilgrimage, all I can say is that it really lifted one! He is a St. Bernard among shepherd dogs: gentle, strong – and don’t mess with him!

    Semper G: indeed, and his dome exceeded, in technical virtuosity, those of the Romans and Byzantines. Ross King’s ” Brunelleschi’s Dome” is a great read.

  9. Semper Gumby says:

    jaykay: Yes, Brunelleschi’s Dome is great. You probably know this, a fine introduction to the Renaissance is Paul Johnson’s 180 page “The Renaissance” with chapters on painting, sculpture, architecture, and literature. It opens with an interesting chapter on the events that led to the Renaissance.

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