I saw some of the video of the Mass at the Lateran, Rome’s Cathedral Church, for the feast of its dedication, 9 November.
Strange. Two things.
Where are the altar candles?
What’s with shapeless bag albs and no cinctures? There were other men serving in cassock and surplice, presumably from the Major Seminary next door. But, what’s with the shapeless bags?
Someone wrote to say that the candles are in front of the altar.
It looks as if the candles for a altar have been placed on the railing around the confessio.
I say that makes them confessio rail candles, not altar candles. And there is not altar crucifix. Instead, they have suspended a cross over the altar underneath the baldachin.
It’s beautiful. It’s not a crucifix.
This arrangement seems to be … I don’t know what it is. I’ve seen a crucifix suspend on a baldachin in Milan, at Sant’Ambrogio if memory serves. This seems sui generis…. as in… “Let’s make up a new way to do it!” Anyone?
What the altar ought to look like.
Another thing. Msgr. Guido Marini, the Papal MC, is no where to be seen. Perhaps because this is a… I dunno… diocesan thing? So, he is “Bishop of Rome” here and not, therefore, “papal”?
A couple more observations. He didn’t preach from his cathedra even though he was in his Cathedral. He, again, didn’t genuflect at the two-fold consecration of the Eucharist.