Video of today's Solemn Pontifical Mass at St. Peter's Basilica
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Archbishop Burke offers Holy Mass in the extraordinary form at St. Peter's:
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As rain fell in St Peter's Square, a solemn High Mass according to the old rite was celebrated this morning in Latin in St. Peter's Basilica by American Archbishop Raymond Burke. After Mass, the sun came out over the Square, in a blue sky. Photos...

By Robert Moynihan, reporting from Rome


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The Mass in St. Peter's

Archbishop Raymond Burke made history in Rome this morning.

Burke, formerly Bishop of La Crosse, Wisconsin, and Archbishop of St. Louis, Missouri, now the head of the Apostolic Signature of the Holy See, celebrated a solemn High Mass according to the old rite at 9:45 this morning in the Chapel of the Most Holy Sacrament in St. Peter's Basilica (photo by Angela Ambrogetti,who writes for Inside the Vatican and who attended the Mass).

The Apostolic Signature is an office more or less comparable to the "Supreme Court" of the Catholic Church. The head of this office is, according to Church custom, a cardinal. This means that, barring some change, Burke should relatively soon be made a cardinal. The decision of a probable future cardinal to celebrate this Mass gives the event a certain weight and seriousness it might not otherwise have had.

It was the first time a solemn High Mass according to the old rite has been celebrated in St. Peter's Basilica since 1969, 40 years ago.

Many low old rite Masses have been celebrated in different chapels of the basilica over the years, especially in the past two years since the promulgation on July 7, 2007, ofSummorum Pontificum, Pope Benedict'smotu proprio calling for wider celebration of the old Mass. But this was the first High Mass in the old rite. Monsignor Guido Pozzo, recently appointed by Pope Benedict to head the Ecclesia Dei Commission within the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith — the commission in charge of dialogue with the Society of St. Pius X, which wishes to celebrate the Mass only in the old rite — was also present.

Burke, dressed in green vestments with gold braid, was flanked by about 70 priests who joined him in procession across the main nave of the Basilica before and after the Mass. The chapel was filled to overflowing. I estimated about 400 people in attendance, packed like sardines into the chapel until there was standing room only (I stood in the back on the right side, a little to the right of the center of this photo).  In fact, and somewhat sadly (more on this in the next newsflash), a number of faithful who wished to attend the historic Mass were turned away by Basilica ushers due to lack of space — the Chapel was simply not large enough to hold all who wished to attend.

This led some present to express a certain frustration that the chapel chosen for the Mass was so small.

An organ on the balcony above and a male and female choir accompanied the ceremony. (See photo of the choir of sisters below.)

After the Mass, when Pope Benedict prayed his noon Angelus from his window above St. Peter's Square, he did not make any direct mention of the Mass. However, he did greet warmly those in the Square "after attending a conference in Rome on Summorum Pontificum" — a reference to the people who had just marked the close of their conference by the celebration of the Mass in the old rite. This might be considered a "glancing reference" to the Mass, but there was no direct reference whatsoever.

I will reflect further on the Mass itself, and on Archbishop Burke's homily, in an upcoming newsflash. For now, I think these photos from today's historic Mass give a good general idea of what occurred.

(Some of these photos are drawn from the interesting Italian website, http://blog.messainlatino.it/2009/10/sol...o-con.html)

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Franciscans of the Immaculate, Friars and Sisters in atttendance and providing vocals.

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Archbishop Burke is very devoted to the Sacred Heart and strongly encourages the Home Enthronement. He is also trying to spread devotion to Our Lady of America. Just a little FYI. Oh, how I hope he is elected a Cardinal and becomes our next Pope! I'm not afraid to shout it to the housetops. But God's Will shall be done.

- Lisa
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I think you're gonna bat 500 on that one. Cardinal, yes. I don't think we'll see an American pope. Of course, he has such a strong sense of identity I could easily see him as the Fatima pope.
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I am back from Rome. I was there to see with my very eyes and to hear with my very ears that Mass. I was in some 30 minutes before 10 o'clock, but no more places were available in the rows. Lots of priests and friars (mainly franciscans). The friar - laic ratio was about 4:1 The place was very, very beautiful, but obviously undersized for such amount of people.
Some notices:

2 masters of ceremonies and 8 altar servers.
Gregorian monophonic music. 
Pontifical Mass at throne.
In his homily in italian (hardly I understood few things), Mons Burke has spoken a lot about Summorum Pontificum and I think he noticed what I learned form this forum: what was sacred yesterday (the Mass) is sacred today and always will be.

Other new impressions from Rome: there is a church in which the Mass is celebrated daily at 18.30 by a FSSP priest. His name is Santa Maria dei Pellegrini (St Mary of the Pilgrims) very close to Ponte Sisto. That church is beautiful and very, very large, but in need of some restauration.

Out of the four papal basilicas I visited, I recommend Santa Maria Maggiore: the most active pastoration can be found there, with 2 priests waiting for confessions and with The Holy Hours for everybody. Unfortunately, not the same thing I noticed at Saint Paul or at Lateran.

Keep Mons Burke and his priests in your prayers. Deo gratias !




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(10-19-2009, 07:26 PM)Fortunatus Wrote: I am back from Rome. I was there to see with my very eyes and to hear with my very ears that Mass. I was in some 30 minutes before 10 o'clock, but no more places were available in the rows. Lots of priests and friars (mainly franciscans). The friar - laic ratio was about 4:1 The place was very, very beautiful, but obviously undersized for such amount of people.
Some notices:

2 masters of ceremonies and 8 altar servers.
Gregorian monophonic music. 
Pontifical Mass at throne.
In his homily in italian (hardly I understood few things), Mons Burke has spoken a lot about Summorum Pontificum and I think he noticed what I learned form this forum: what was sacred yesterday (the Mass) is sacred today and always will be.

Other new impressions from Rome: there is a church in which the Mass is celebrated daily at 18.30 by a FSSP priest. His name is Santa Maria dei Pellegrini (St Mary of the Pilgrims) very close to Ponte Sisto. That church is beautiful and very, very large, but in need of some restauration.

Out of the four papal basilicas I visited, I recommend Santa Maria Maggiore: the most active pastoration can be found there, with 2 priests waiting for confessions and with The Holy Hours for everybody. Unfortunately, not the same thing I noticed at Saint Paul or at Lateran.

Keep Mons Burke and his priests in your prayers. Deo gratias !

Wow! Good for you! Thanks for giving us the specifics.
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(10-18-2009, 03:30 PM)Joshua Wrote: Magnificent!

In the first video, the Deacon seems to maintain the clerical tonsure. Awesome  :thumb:.

In Corde Regis,
Joshua

That is Fr. De Andrade, FSSP.  He has maintained a clerical tonsure for as long as I've known him.
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