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Palm Sunday in Africa

Next time someone tells you that few Africans will either appreciate or attend a Traditional Latin Mass, do direct them to this photo gallery of the Palm Sunday procession and Solemn Mass officiated this year by Msgr. Gilles Wach in Libreville, Gabon.

According to the ICRSS, some 500 joined the procession and attended Mass.


  1. Say what you will about the ICR, but at least they are bringing the Mass to the people!

  2. They are active in the South of France - I have been to some of their Holy Masses. In the major centres they are a joy to attend.

  3. M. A.1:31 PM

    God bless the Institute! I know that the priests and Brothers are filled with a holy zeal which overflows into the hearts of those who come into contact with them.

  4. Tom the Milkman3:20 PM

    Say what you will about the ICR...

    Ok. ICRSS' devotion to the Roman liturgy is a vital, even essential component of the Church's recovery of her liturgical mission, plain and simple. I've never experienced an ICRSS liturgy that was not exemplary even in the humblest setting, because of the magnificent ardor for Our Lord Jesus Christ and His Church that emanates from every ICRSS priest I've encountered. Indeed, the seminary at Gricigliano has proven itself a marvelous house of Roman fidelity and vision. God bless them!

  5. Anonymous3:25 PM

    Impressive, indeed! and encouraging. The evident fruit of Archbishop Marcel Lefebvre' missionary work with the Holy Ghost Fathers in French speaking Africa and the subsequent work and zeal of the Priestly Society he founded. Proving again the debt of gratitude faithful Catholics owe to him and his work.

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  7. Anonymous5:53 PM

    It's the I.C.R., not the 'ICRSS'. The custom is to abbreviate the abbreviation for proper names when the number of letters exceeds four. Well, we shall get there eventually. At least I am seeing 'I.C.K.' less often now. The abbreviation, of course, normally follows the *Latin* name (except for a few orders existing solely in one language area. I believe that the Maryknoll fathers started the exception to the rule.)

    Ah, yes, Msgr. Wach and his men in blue. Splendid! They have been in Gabon for some time now and have expanded from the Diocese of Mouila to the Archdiocese of Libreville. What we all need, howver, is freedom of movement: an international structure free of the local bishops. Too many bishops just say no to the T.L.M.; others just don't even bother considering the question.



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