Sunday – October 18, 2009
The Roman Catholic World
by Marielena Montesino de Stuart
St. Peter must be smiling today– and so are millions of Roman Catholics who are fervent followers of the Latin mass.
Within the walls of the Chapel of the Most Holy Sacrament, the whispered prayers of the old rite blended with the sublime and reverend sound of sacred music– as Archbishop Raymond Burke, Prefect of the Apostolic Signatura, celebrated a Solemn Pontifical Mass in St. Peter’s Basilica this morning. The vestments worn today were from the Vatican treasury.
Many low old rite masses have been celebrated over the years in various chapels inside St. Peter’s Basilica, particularly since Summorum Pontificum; however, a Solemn Pontifical Mass had not been celebrated in St. Peter’s in 40 years.
After the mass, Benedict XVI prayed the Angelus from his window– as the crowd gathered in the piazza.
Here is a video of this historic mass, courtesy of Jan Bentz:
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