Monday, March 09, 2009

A Glorious Weekend on a Few Fronts at Thomas Aquinas College

We have been treated to some particularly fine examples of new church architecture in the past couple of years and this past weekend was no exception as the glorious new chapel of Thomas Aquinas College, Our Lady of the Most Holy Trinity, was consecrated. It is a glorious structure indeed and, I am particularly pleased to report, includes a number of stunning architectural features, including a ciborium magnum.

Austin Welsh sent in these photographs of the church:




(Finishing touches were still being put in place when this photo was taken)


(The papal arms of Benedict XVI)


(The beautiful ciborium)




(The sacristy)


Do make certain to go and look at more on his Flickr Photoset which includes a number of other details and angles.

The next day, as the Faithful Rebel reports:
The first Mass offered upon the newly consecrated altar after Saturday's dedication Mass was a solemn High Mass offered ... by Father John Berg, Superior General of the Priestly Fraternity of Saint Peter. The Deacon for the Mass was Father Robert Fromageot and the Subdeacon was Father Matthew McNeely, both Fraternity priests.

His Excellency, Bishop Salvatore Cordileone, Auxiliary Bishop of San Diego, was in choir.








(Photos courtesy of Tommy Duffy and The Faithful Rebel)

This was not all however:
Perhaps just as remarkable was the later Mass offered on Sunday in the Ordinary Form. Bishop Cordileone was the celebrant of this Mass. Remarkably, he offered the Mass facing the altar, in Latin, with the traditional candlestick arrangement remaining from the earlier Solemn High Mass.

Sadly, no photos of this Mass have been forthcoming yet. If any reader has any, please send them in.

In concluding, I must share this final wonderful picture from The Faithful Rebel: