Rorate Caeli

Habsburg traditional Latin wedding


On the feast of the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary, there was a royal wedding in Washington, D.C. 

Miss Kathleen Walker wed Archduke Imre of Austria (Imre Emmanuel Erzherzog von Habsburg-Lorraine, great-grandson of Blessed Karl), with priests using the traditional Latin order of marriage followed by a traditional Latin Solemn High Nuptial Mass in the presence of a bishop.



The Reverend Monsignor Charles E. Pope of the Archdiocese of Washington was the celebrant; the Reverend Father Gregory S. Thompson of the Diocese of Arlington served as deacon; and the Reverend Father Edwin E. Perez of the Diocese of Arlington served as subdeacon.  The wedding was at Saint Mary, Mother of God, Catholic Church in Washington, D.C.  The parish schola of men sung Gregorian chant propers and a guest choir and chamber orchestra sung/played Franz Schubert's Mass Number Two in G Major. Men from the parish served in the sanctuary, joined by guest clergy.

His Excellency Paul S. Loverde, bishop of Arlington, sat in choro and made remarks from the pulpit after the Last Gospel.  This was quite possibly Bishop Loverde's first time hearing a public traditional Latin Mass since the 1960s.



More photos from the couple's photographer may be viewed here.  A list and photos of royalty who attended may be found here.

23 comments:

New Catholic said...

COMMENTS THAT ARE POLITICAL STATEMENTS OF ANY KIND WILL NOT BE ALLOWED. DO NOT INSIST. Thank you.

poeta said...

What a great occasion!

Flambeaux said...

Many happy, fruitful years to the lovely young couple!

Chapel of the Flowers said...

I love weddings especially when they're in such a nice building the Union of two people is such a great gift.

Thomas said...

The archduke was at mass at Old St. Mary's the previous Sunday for the dedication of a shrine to Blessed Karl. He carried the first-class relic in the opening procession. What joyful occasions!

Bernonensis said...

All happiness to the bride and groom. And I'm sure that when the man who goes through the trash looking for deposit bottles shows up with his fiancee at the Arlington chancery office to request a similar ceremony, His Excellency will beam the same smile.

larios777 said...

Relative of maximilian of Mexico

Papabile said...

@ Bernonensis

I believe the Bishop was there because the young bride had worked for him.

Gratias said...

Good to see an ancient noble famIy dedicated to the service of the Catholic Faith. This is something that the smallest qamongmus can emulate. EF weddings, babtisms and funeral masses are a big thing we can contributre to the Faith. Thanks also to their valiant relative Don Juan de Austria who defeated the Muslim onslaught with the strength of the Rosary.

Wish them much fertility, that their line will continue forever. Amen.

VT said...

Does anyone know why Msgr. Charles Pope was the celebrant?

Dymphna said...

Bernonensis, I don't think the guy going for bottles in the trash needs to get married.

VT, perhaps Mngr. Pope is the bride's pastor.

Malachi said...

http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/reliable-source/post/washingtons-katie-walker-weds-archduke-imre-of-austria/2012/09/11/3c6620fa-fbc2-11e1-8adc-499661afe377_blog.html

There is a short article on the wedding. It ought to answer some of the questions in the comments.

Unknown said...

Every one should read the commendation to the married couple read by the priests. It's the loveliest exposition on marriage you will ever find. Mazel Tov!

Bernonensis said...

@ Dymphna:

Why is that, Dymphna? Do you think a rich man needs a helpmeet like himself, but the squalid lifestyle is personal fulfillment enough for the poor?

@ Papabile:

I have no objection to any bishop attending any Catholic wedding, and certainly not if he is an acquaintance of one of the parties. But my comment was meant to call into question his views concerning the use of the traditional liturgy. Would a pauper in his diocese get permission for a wedding like this, or are beauty and dignity so dangerous to the new Catholicism that they can be safely conceded only to wealthy relics of a bygone age?

Catholic Mission said...

Vatican Prefects criticism of the ‘hermeneutic of discontinuity’ refers to the Vatican Curia’s interpretation and that of Monsgr.Pope
http://eucharistandmission.blogspot.it/2012/09/vatican-prefects-criticism-of.html#links

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MKT said...

Unrelated to this topic but news out of Limerick, Ireland that NC may want to post ...

The church of the Sacred Heart (Formerly Jesuits) just bought by the Institute of Christ the King Sovereign Priest in August 2012 for Euro 700k.

As you can see it was gutted and in need of a lot of work and money.

http://institute-christ-king.ie/

Up until now they have had 1 Sunday mass at St Patricks in Limerick city at 10:30am.

But this new church means that they will have a permanent (hopefully beautifully restored) traditional architecture church.

Please include the IOCTKSP apostolate in Limerick, Ireland in your prayers.

HSE said...

God grant them many blessed and fruitful years in love, health, and happiness!

Ora et Labora said...

All the best to Archduke Imre of Austria and his wife Her Imperial & Royal Highness Archduchess Kathleen Elizabeth of Austria on their wedding.

May the Good Lord Bless you and much much happiness!!!

Augustinus said...

MKT:

We already posted about that.

http://rorate-caeli.blogspot.com/2012/08/you-report-icksp-given-church-in-ireland.html

Mary said...

Not to sound superficial, but that is a great dress and veil. I hope the trend moves towards genuinely beautiful, more modest dresses rather than the strapless designs that look good on very few and never belong in Church.

Thanks for the enjoyable post.

Gregory P. Lloyd said...

Dear Mary, what do you mean "superficial"? It's all about the bride! By "it" I mean of course the sacrament. It is called matrimony (not patrimony) for good reason. She, the bride, is the living icon of Christ's Holy Bride, Ecclesia, during the sacrament, in a similar way that the priests are the living icon of the sacrament of the Divine Liturgy (Mass). And not only of the sacraments during their celebration, but before and after their celebration -- since Christ commands us to "pray without ceasing", and he tells the first disciples that his sacrifice & life & reign shall be everlasting. Since it, the public nuptial ceremony, is all about the bride herself, of course she is array & adorned in the same sign of the glory, as at the Transfiguration at Tabor, that Christ showed then to Peter et al is to adorn men -- meaning women, too, of course -- not unlike the scriptural allusions to the Blessed Virgin, adorned in gold with the stars. Far from superficial, yours is one of the most intelligent (inter-legere: reading into) comments I've read in along time. Thank you for it! The symbols refer to the invisible realities in which we place our faith. It is for this reason that we bow before icons or statues, or when the Priest-celebrant processes, e.g., during the asperges, into the church in the person of Christ and delegate of the bishop. The bride & groom are also ministers of the sacrament of matrimony, also by virtue of the priesthood of their baptism.

Barona said...

Yesterday was the 12th. It was also the commemoration of the Battle of Vienna, which, had Sobieski and his allies lost, would have changed European history.