Last October I involved you in a project at at Ss. Trinità dei Pellegrini, the FSSP parish and my adoptive home parish in Rome. Historically, the place had never been a parish church. Therefore, it didn’t have a baptistry or font. Now that they are a parish, they needed a font for baptisms. They had a fundraiser which I – and you – got involved in, and we quickly raised the money they needed.
I had an update on the baptismal font. Here’s a photo. The font is “on the way”!
Thanks to all of you who stepped up last October.
Meanwhile, my old friend, the mighty Archbishop of Portland, Most Rev. Alexander Sample, is in Rome for his ad limina visit. He celebrated Holy Mass for the Feast of the Purification on Sunday at Ss. Trinità … or as the Romans might say Tirnità.
Here are some shots from their page.
Some comments along the way. First, note the folded chasubles on the deacon and subdeacon.
In the traditional distribution of candles, you kiss the candle and the priest’s hand as you receive it. It is, therefore, a liturgical act, far more than, “Here. Have a candle.”
Ready for the procession. Note that Bambino Gesù is in the house. The Feast of the Purification is the last hurrah of the Advent/Christmas/Epiphany cycle. This is the last time we sing Alma Redemptoris Mater, for example.
At Ss. Trinità dei Pellegrini they have, with the help of The Great Roman™, revived the ancient Archconfraternity set up by the Co-patron of Rome, St. Philip Neri. Their original mission was to minister to pilgrims to Rome. Today they are also working to promote a more zealous practice of the Faith through liturgy, processions and devotions.
Out into the streets.
“Meno chiacchiera! Più processioni!”
Back in the church, it’s time for Mass. The ministers and altar change to white. The blessing of candles and procession take the place of the prayers at the foot of the altar. After reverencing the altar, they go straight up for the incensation.
How a celebrating bishop ought to dress and to sit. It is also an old custom for the ministers to sit with their right foot slightly ahead of the other, in the old Roman manner of ancient holder of imperium seated in his curule chair.
As usual the church was full.
They used a pax brede. This gadget is used to carry the kiss of peace from the altar to those in choir.
A truly Roman Mass has a lot going on.
I am please to see these photos of the font and of Archbp. Sample and the crew at Ss. Trinità.