Rorate Caeli

Rio de Janeiro: Conference on Summorum Pontificum for Priests and Solemn Pontifical Mass

The "Second Summorum Pontificum Priestly Meeting" organized by the Coetus Sacerdotalis Summorum Pontificum, and promoted by both the Archdiocese of Rio de Janeiro and the Apostolic Administration of St. John Vianney in Campos, was held in Rio de Janeiro from November 15 to 18, 2011. (The first meeting took place in 2010, as reported by Rorate at the time.)

The meeting opened on the evening of November 15 with a "Prelatical Mass" by Bishop Fernando Areas Rifan, followed by dinner. The 16th and 17th saw a series of talks on topics such as the theological aspect of the liturgy (given by Bishop Rifan), liturgical practice, Summorum Pontificum and Universae Ecclesiae in the light of canon law, Gregorian chant, the relationship between Summorum Pontificum and the Reform of the Reform, and the mystagogy of the Traditional Latin Mass.

Rorate has been informed that in the course of the conference, a Mass according to the Old Carmelite Rite was said by the prior of the Brazilian Traditional Carmelites.

The climax of the whole conference was the Solemn Pontifical Mass offered on November 17, at six in the evening, by Bishop Rifan in the Church of Our Lady of Mount Carmel, Rio de Janeiro's old Cathedral and once the chapel of the Brazilian imperial family. (This church was featured last year by Rorate.) Salvem e Liturgia has a photo gallery of the Pontifical Mass. Another photo gallery can be found on Facebook, while short videos can be found on the Facebook page dedicated to the TLM in Rio de Janeiro.

The Solemn Pontifical Mass was attended in choro by three bishops, including Archbishop Orani Joao Tempesta, Archbishop of Rio de Janeiro. Rorate has been informed that more than 50 priests attended the Mass.