Rorate Caeli

Felix Roma!


"Roman Church: it is, one can truthfully say, the name of service of the Divine Church, her name of humility, lent to a piece of land, because, in order to save the world, it was necessary for her to know all humiliations of time and space." As Cardinal Journet recalled, the Lord himself chose this apparent humiliation of subjecting His Church to time and space and placing her under the government of Saint Peter and his successors.

In our seasonal header above, we celebrate the amazement of Saint Francis and his companions as they see the Mother of all Churches, the Lateran Basilica. The amazement of pilgrims who know that the ordinary act of pilgrimage includes the extraordinary acknowledgment of the special nature of time and space was repeated today for thousands of participants of the Traditional Catholic pilgrimage to Rome, commemorating the Year of Faith and the fifth anniversary of Summorum Pontificum in union with the Holy Father, with a Mass celebrated by Cardinal Cañizares, Prefect of Divine Worship, in the Vatican Basilica - images, comments, and videos provided by our friends of The Remnant at their Facebook page

Congratulations to Fr. Barthe, Thomas Murphy, and, through them, all clergy and laymen involved in this successful pilgrimage.

6 comments:

Timothy Mulligan said...

Yes. Just yes.

Gratias said...

Such a great fortune to have been present. It was wonderful for the TLM to be back at the Altar of the Chair, the most important one after the baldacchino, which is reserved for the Pope.

At least 50 priests processed into the sanctuary. The sermon was in Italian but thankfully Cardinal Canizares has a good Spanish accent so Mrs. Gratias and I could understand quite a bit, we think.

The Gospel was "Mulier, ecce filius tuus". The Cardinal said that Mary is our Mother (Mariae Matri Ecclesiae). The Immaculate Heart of Mary invites us to follow her son through the Church. On this Year of Faith she will pray and protect us. Bendict XVI has given us a great gift with the Motu Proprio. This Mass today should be seen as our sign of Communion with and obedience to the Pope.

The space between the baldaccino and the Altar of the Chair was packed full with faithful. Interestingly, the beautiful Gregorian chant was joined by the entire congregation for some verses of the Gloria, Kyrie, Agnus Dei, and the Deo Gratias after the ite Missa est. Everyone also joined (loudly) for the Dominum non sum dignus for communicants. Lots of participatio activa.

After mass we went to a small gathering organized by Foederatio Internationalis Una Voce at a bookstore near the Vatican. Luminaries such as John Rao and Fr. Zuhlendorf were there. The opening prayer was offered by Fr. Rafaele Farina. I could meet Leo Darroch, who gave a nice eulogy of Michael Davis, a schoolteacher that was so appalled at how the media was trying to destroy our Church in the late 1960s that he devoted 35 years of his life to writing about what had been stolen from his children and us by Vatican II (this nice speech will most likely be posted at the FIUV website). Darroch was surprised to learn on the spot that there was be simultaneous translation into Italian, so the presentation became a bit too long.

The mass for which St. Peter's was built by Michelangelo was restored. We are back, Mass by Mass, chant by chant. It was a momentous day to be in Rome.

Barbara said...

Gratias, thank you for this- what a great day for Catholic Tradition!

Any idea of the number of participants?

Monika Rheinschmitt said...

Having attended that pontifical high mass at St. Peter's last Saturday I went back after a prayer at the "Confessio" to get a rough idea of the number of faithful at this mass: I calculated 600 places at the red church-seats with kneelers mounted fix - and about 400 chairs in the back; but the chairs were not all occupied. So I would estimate there were about 900 faithful in the ranks and about 60-70 priests and altar servers besides the altar.
So IMHO in sum we could tell a number of about 1000 participants.

Anonymous said...

To set the record straight, the conference after the pontifical in St Peter's on Nov. 3rd, 2012, was organised by Rome-based Centro Culturale Lepanto led by Fabio Bernabei, with Una Voce President Leo Darroch and Secretary Thomas Murphy being keynote speakers together with Cardinal Raffaele Farina, librarian emeritus of the Vatican Library and Archivist Emeritus of the Vatican Secret Archives. Albeit emeritus, he is still one of the most prominent and influential cardinals of Holy Roman Church.

An Italian article on the conference appeared in Vatican Insider

(http://vaticaninsider.lastampa.it/news/dettaglio-articolo/articolo/liturgia-19445/) and an English version is due to appear soon in a major US media outlet.

Alberto Carosa
Rome

alberto Carosa said...

To set the record straight, the conference after the pontifical in St Peter's on Nov. 3rd, 2012, was organised by Rome-based Centro Culturale Lepanto led by Fabio Bernabei, with Una Voce President Leo Darroch and Secretary Thomas Murphy being keynote speakers together with Cardinal Raffaele Farina, librarian emeritus of the Vatican Library and Archivist Emeritus of the Vatican Secret Archives. Albeit emeritus, he is still one of the most prominent and influential cardinals of Holy Roman Church. An Italian article on the conference appeared in Vatican Insider

(http://vaticaninsider.lastampa.it/news/dettaglio-articolo/articolo/liturgia-19445/) and an English version is due to appear soon in a major US media outlet.

Signed:

Alberto Carosa

Rome