Rorate Caeli

National Summorum Pontificum Pilgrimage from the Arlington Cathedral to the Washington Cathedral, September 17, 2022

A major event has been planned in the capital of the US for Saturday, September 17, 2022, at 9 a.m.

The National Summorum Pontificum Pilgrimage for the Restoration of the Traditional Latin Mass will begin at the Cathedral of St. Thomas More, Arlington, VA, and end at the Cathedral of St. Matthew the Apostle, Washington, DC, a distance of about 5 miles (expected duration 2 hours).

The date was chosen both because Saturday, September 17, 2022, is the nearest Saturday to the 15th anniversary of the going into effect of Summorum Pontificum, the motu proprio of Pope Benedict XVI that liberated the Traditional Latin Mass for all Latin-rite Catholics, and because the restrictions in the two dioceses go into effect in September (the 8th for Arlington, the 21st for DC).

In response to the cruel and unjust restrictions being placed on the celebration of the usus antiquior in the Archdiocese of Washington and the Diocese of Arlington, as well as in many other places throughout the world, we will go on pilgrimage in a public act of sorrow for the destruction of the Western liturgical patrimony, and in support of its full and immediate restoration.

The website is and there's also a Facebook event and Twitter page. Let's make this a huge pilgrimage with as many hundreds or even thousands of faithful as possible: it is a perfect opportunity to show that we exist and we will not be going away regardless of such unpastoral decrees.