There will be a Pontifical Mass at the Shrine of the Immaculate Conception on Saturday. Archbp Cordileone is the celebrant. There is a newly composed musical setting. However, it’s more important that a Pontifical Mass at the Throne be celebrated at the Shrine.

This trip also gives me the chance to see some friends and an exhibit of interest at the National Gallery.

I am counting down the last trips of this calendar year, aeronautical and automobilistic.

I am told that there are still some lovely trees and leaves in the DC area. I missed autumn this year having been in Rome for October. I’m looking forward to a couple of good days of weather and a couple of good walks.

I’ll be into town and my digs early enough to have a brief nap and to get my cassock squared away after it’s incarceration.

Sunset in DC will be at 1647. In Rome the Ave Maria will not sound, but should, still at 1715.


It is an incontrovertible cosmic rule that one of my flights will be at the farthest possible gate.

Surprise upgrades are nice.

Thanks to reader ML for the headphones. I always use them on domestic flights.

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  1. maximus says:

    Fr Z, you would be most welcome to visit the very humble St. Francis de Sales Church, in the Northeast, where some very endeavoring devotees of this blog are trying to implement Summorum brick-by-brick! 10:30 AM on Sundays,

  2. PostCatholic says:

    Welcome to our swamp!

  3. Kansan says:

    Praying that this trip will be like a balm for you, soothing and protective!

    [THANK YOU! I was a good trip. I did the things I set out to do. I enjoyed catching up with friends. I spent time at the National Gallery.
    I was able to sit in choir at the Pontifical Mass today. My accommodations were great and I met some good, interesting people during my stay. All in all, it was helpful. However, I now have a great deal of email stacked up!]

    Fr. Z's Gold Star Award

  4. thomistking says:

    I second the invite to St. Francis de Sales. Although I suppose I proper invite must come from the pastor himself.

  5. Diana says:

    Ha! I always feel that way about my gates! LOL. Have fun, Father!

  6. Do hope you brought some blessed salt and real Holy Water to sprinkle around. “You will never find a more wretched hive of scum and villainy. We (you) must be cautious…” (as Obi Wan said…)…except for maybe Lost Wages NV.

    Safe travels, Father.

  7. exNOAAman says:

    Apologies for the hoped for weather. Been record cold here. Leaves sparse but still a few.
    (BTW, Our Lady Queen of Poland, Silver Spring , near Metro stop. 8:00 Sunday TLM.)
    God bless your travels.

  8. Ronald of Darlington says:

    My wife and I will be leaving in a little while to attend this Mass. Although my wife has been to several masses in in the extraordinary form, this will be my first. I am very excited to have this opportunity!

  9. FrankWalshingham says:

    AnyDC gathering of Zed Heads planned?

    [There was the big gathering at the Shrine of the Immaculate Conception today!]

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