This last weekend in Detroit there was held the annual Call To Holiness conference, with which I have been involved in the past. This year, Bp. Athanasius Schneider was a speaker and the celebrant for a Pontifical Mass at the Faldstool at the beautiful Assumption Grotto Church.
I have some photos.
I am particularly proud to share these photos here because some of YOU READERS contributed to have them made. I commissioned them from Gammarelli in Rome for the TMSM, the Tridentine Mass Society of Madison, of which I am still the president. The TMSM was happy to loan out this green set, which had not yet been used for a Pontifical Mass. We have also additional dalmatics for a Mass at the Throne and an antependium which they decided not to use at Grotto for this Mass: their altar is far wider than it is.
The TMSM is a 501(c)(3) organization, and accepts donations. I am still involved. We are NOT giving up or giving in, so keep on giving! That way we can expand and help groups working to maintain the beautiful Traditional Roman Rite!
I received a collection of photos from the conference and the Mass and after the Mass when Bishop Schneider was meeting people. Do NOT tell Beans but there were… shhhhh, this is secret… NON-WHITE PEOPLE there! Again, don’t tell Beans. He put the lie about that only white people like the TLM, suggesting that you, we, are all racists. HERE
The music for this Pontifical Mass at Grotto was the Missa Princeps Pacis by William Lloyd Webber.
As you look at the photos, you can hear the Mass. It’s short and lovely and in the best English tradition of sacred choral music.
Some select shots.
First, the church.
During the sermon, Bp. Scheider said:
We don’t yet know. Maybe it will come a time, when the celebration of the traditional Mass will be very much limited. In such a situation there could arise a chain of catacomb-Masses, as happens in times of emergency and persecution. Maybe many Catholics of our day shall live through a time similar to that described by St Basil the Great, during the persecution of traditional Catholics by the liberal Arian episcopate in the fourth century. He wrote:
“The mouths of true believers are dumb, while every blasphemous tongue wags free; holy things are trodden under foot; the better laity shun the churches as schools of impiety; and lift their hands in the deserts with sighs and tears to their Lord in heaven. Even you must have heard what is going on in most of our cities, how our people with wives and children and even our old men stream out before the walls, and offer their prayers in the open air, putting up with all the inconvenience of the weather with great patience, and waiting for help from the Lord.” (Ep. 92)
Do NOT give up.
DO NOT give up!
DO NOT GIVE UP!