This past weekend, the small town of Artallo, thanks to the intelligent foresight of its parish priest Canon don Marco Cuneo, witnessed the true glory of the Pontifical rites of the extraordinary form.
In fact, His Excellency Abp.Raymond Leo Burke, Prefect of the Supreme Tribunal of the Apostolic Signatura, celebrated a Solemn Pontifical Mass and Pontifical Vespers for the feast of St. Sebastian, Titular Saint of the parish.
The concourse in terms of faithful and clergy from the whole Diocese of Albenga-Imperia and beyond was impressive and moving.
H.E. Msgr. Mario Oliveri, the Diocesan Ordinary, whose fatherly benevolence has become universally known amongst those who love the traditional rites of the Church, and who celebrated himself the Pontifical Mass from the throne in the E.F. in Imperia in October 2008, benignly conceded the use of the throne and pastoral staff to the visiting Archbishop.
Canons form the Collegiate, Cathedral and Metropolitan Chapters of Albenga, Imperia, Genoa and Milan attended the ceremony.
Thanks to Can. Cuneo's great liturgical competence and human kindness, we were able to enjoy the spendour of some of the most solemn ceremonies of the Roman Rite within the frame of the joyful, fervent devotion of a Catholic town to his Patron.
Thank you, Your Excellency! Ad Multos Annos!
N.B. Further details of the ceremony on messainlatino.it and maranatha.