Congratulations to Croatia! No, not because it became the 28th member of the European Union this week, but because one of the (not many) priests ordained this ordination season in that nation decided to celebrate a Traditional Mass as one of his First Masses. Reader Tomislav Pejkovic reports from Zagreb:
Rev. Fr. Marko Tilosanec celebrated his First Traditional Mass as a Missa Cantata. Everyone practiced a lot, both the servers and our little choir. As you can see, the sanctuary is really small especially with the new altar blocking the way, but it seems they did everything very well for a first time.As you might know, we do not have any traditional priestly societies in Croatia and when we started with Mass in February 2011 Rev. Fr. Vitkovic, who was asked by Cardinal Bozanic to initiate it, taught himself how to say the Mass. We also never have incensation so it was a new experience on multiple levels.
Congratulations to Fr. Tilosanec, and many, many decades of fruitful ministry!
Note: If you wish to see how widespread the TLM landscape has become in the past 6 years, following the publication of Summorum Pontificum by Benedict XVI, just visit our You Report series of posts. And, if you wish to send us your report from anywhere on earth, please contact us with a short report and images. Thanks to Mr. Pejkovic.