Thursday, February 07, 2013

Quarant’Ore at Holy Innocents, New York City

From a reader in New York City:

At the Church of the Holy Innocents, New York City, 1-3 February 2013, a 40-Hours Devotion, (Quarant’Ore) to coincide with the completion of the restoration of the mural painting by Constantino Brumidi behind the high altar,. The first Forty Hours devotion in the Archdiocese of New York since the Second Vatican Council. The principal masses – the ones pictured - were all celebrated according to the Extraordinary Form.

The opening Mass, of Exposition, a votive mass of the Blessed Sacrament, was celebrated by the pastor and followed as usual by procession of the Blessed Sacrament and then the Litany of the Saints. The Blessed Sacrament was then enthroned.

The Mass on the second day was the Mass of Candlemas: the Blessed Sacrament was reposed for the occasion.

The final day coincided with the feast of the Dedication of the Church: A Solemn Pontifical Mass at the faldstool, coram Sanctissimo, was celebrated, by Bishop James Timlin, emeritus of Scranton, Pennsylvania, followed by the Litany of the Saints, and then the Procession, concluding with Benediction.

Clergy of the parish, friends of the parish, and members of the Institute of Christ the King and the Priestly Fraternity of Saint Peter assisted in the celebrations.

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