The Populus Summorum Pontificum Pilgrimage to Rome takes place 24-27 October 2013. Pontifical Mass at Trinità dei Pellegrini Church will be celebrated by Bishop Athanasius Schneider (Auxiliary of Astana, Kazakhstan) with Gregorian Chant sung by the Schola Sainte Cécile from Paris. There will also be a Pontifical Mass celebrated by Bishop Rifan (Apostolic Administrator of the Saint Jean-Marie Vianney community of Campos, Brasil). The Pilgrimage also includes the Via Crucis (Way of the Cross) in the streets of Rome and a Procession to St Peter's followed by Pontifical Mass at the Altar of the Chair in the Basilica. Here is a link to the Pilgrimage website and also the Facebook page.
Fr Claude Barthe, Pilgrimage Chaplain, writes:
The ever-young and ardent liturgy of all time, which is peacefully spreading into almost all the Catholic world, breathes its own spirit into the work of the New Evangelisation. It attracts many of the young people who come to know it thanks to its powerful identity and the way it expresses sacredness, and for these reasons it is one of the main planks in the New Evangelisation. It is also intrinsically one of the best ways of teaching catechesis about the Real Presence, what it means to be a Priest, and the value of the Eucharistic Sacrifice.He goes on to talk about vocations arising out of the Extraordinary Form:
Last year, Cardinal Cañizares, in his homily during Mass at St. Peter’s, insisted on the fecundity of the Extraordinary Form in giving rise to priestly and religious vocations. It is clear that Religious Orders, associations, seminaries, schools, and Traditional Scouts all have an important role to play in what we have come to know as the “New Catholicism”. Indeed, it has a very missionary impulse, whether among the communities born just after the Council or the works for young people and large families. Let us not forget that in many countries with very few vocations, more and more seminarians are being called by the Extraordinary Form. In France now, 15% of all new vocations come from the Extraordinary Form, and this gives a clear idea of the effects it has on the clergy.You can read the full text of Fr Claude Barthe's introduction to the pilgrimage here. Details of a special offer for pilgrims are here. The full programme is below.
Thursday, October 24
7.30pm: Solemn Vespers of Saint Raphael and welcome of the pilgrims at Trinità dei Pellegrini Church.
Friday, October 25
8.30am: Rosary followed by cultural and spiritual visits divided up among the language groups.
11.30am: Meeting for priests and clerics
4.45pm: Via Crucis in the streets of Rome, led by members of Don Riccardo Petroni’s Opera Familia Christi
7pm: Pontifical Mass at Trinità dei Pellegrini Church, celebrated by Bishop Athanasius Schneider, auxiliary of Astana (Kazakhstan) and chanted by the Schola Sainte Cécile (Paris).
Saturday October 26
from 8.30am: Eucharistic adoration followed by the procession to Saint Peter’s Basilica
11am: Pontifical Mass at the Altar of the Chair, St Peter's
4pm: Conference for lay people on the Summorum Pontificum
Sunday October 27
9.30am: Pontifical Mass for the Solemnity of Christ the King, celebrated by Bishop Rifan, Apostolic Administrator of the Saint Jean-Marie Vianney community of Campos (Brasil)