I am very happy to be able to share with our readers news of the publication of a new e-book about Enrico Cardinal Dante, just released by Mr. Bartłomiej Krzych, a seminarian with the Community of St Gregory the Great; the book is available for free consultation and download here: http://enricodante.blogspot.com/p/czytaj-online.html. The bulk of the original text is in Polish, but it also contains a number of documents in Latin and Italian, such as the diploma by which Msgr. Dante was appointed to the College of Pontifical Ceremonieres by Pope St Pius X in 1914, and that by which he was made the Prefect of Pontifical Ceremonies in 1947 under Pius XII. By permission of the current Master of Ceremonies, Msgr Guido Marini, and under the copyright of the Office for Pontifical Celebrations, Mr Krzych was also able to include in the book a good number of unique and interesting photographs, including several of Msgr. Dante’s episcopal consecration in the Lateran Basilica at the hands of St John XXIII, on September 21, 1962. There are also over thirty photos of the episcopal consecration of Gabriel Coussa, which was celebrated by Pope John in the Byzantine Rite in the Sistine Chapel on April 16, 1961, Good Shepherd Sunday of that year in the Roman Rite. (Bishop Coussa was shortly thereafter appointed Pro-Secretary of the Congregation for the Oriental Churches; the following year he was made a Cardinal, and Secretary of the same Congregation, but died only four months later.) The book also contains a complete reproduction of the booklet of the Liturgy of St John Chrysostom used at this ceremony, with the Greek original on one side and a Latin translation on the facing pages. Our deepest thanks to Mr. Krzych for his research, and for letting us know about this publication.
|Monsignor Dante (far left) at his episcopal consecration, with Pope St John XXIII|
|The high altar of St John in the Lateran.|