Rorate Caeli

You report: Solemn Pontifical Requiem Mass in Canberra Cathedral

A 1962 Missal Pontifical Requiem Mass at the faldstool was offered on September 7, 2009 at St Christopher’s Cathedral in Canberra, Australia.

The Mass was for the repose of the soul of Mrs Marian Scarrabelotti. The Mass was offered by Bishop Geoffrey Jarrett, Bishop of Lismore, New South Wales, Australia.

Bishop Jarrett was assisted by Fr John Parsons (deacon), Fr Glen Tattersall (subdeacon), Fr William Define FSSP (Assistant Priest) and Fr Dominic Popplewell FSSP (first MC). A number of other clergy assisted in choir. Bishop Jarrett delivered a homily before the commencement of the Mass.

The choir, comprised of singers from the local Choir of Our Lady & St Cecilia and others from elsewhere in Australia sang the chant propers and the ordinary from Victoria’s Requiem. Many of the mourners commented on the beauty of the ceremony and the music, one noting that by the melody and character of these sung texts that Holy Mother Church cradles and comforts us in our grief.

A selection of photographs are displayed here, and a set covering the whole of the liturgy from the reception of the bier to the singing of Sub venite to the commendation at the hearse may be viewed at this photostream.

Mrs Scarrabelotti was a long time member and supporter of the Canberra Latin Mass comunity. Of your charity, please pray for the repose of her soul.
Peter Thygesen
Australian Capital Territory

The altar before the arrival of the bier

Arrival at the foot of the altar

Introibo ad altare Dei

Aufer a nobis


Bishop Jarrett says the Gradual, Tract and Sequence



Holy communion

Absolution: Non intres

Absolution: Conclusion

In paradisum


Billy said...

The interior looks like a school gym.

Adam said...

Well, I'm just glad to see a traditional liturgy, Billy.

Gustavo Ráez-Patiño said...

Absolutely beautiful. Everything typical of a Solemn Requiem Mass, even the unbleached candles. Wow! What a complete set of black vestments! It's the first time I see a black pontifical dalmatic!

Just a minor detail: The deacon seems to be wearing his stole in the manner of a priest (hanging from the neck) instead of in the manner of a deacon (over the left shoulder). Ok, he is really a priest, but here he is acting as a deacon (that's why he is wearing a dalmatic), so it should be worn as a deacon wears it. Anyway, congratulations to those in Canberra!

Anonymous said...

"The interior looks like a school gym."

North Georgia looks like it was flooded too.

Things tend to look real bad after disasters. That's just the way it is.

Eventually it will all be cleaned up. Some of it will have to be torn down too.