This past Friday, a solemn Mass in the Mozarabic Rite was celebrated in the Roman Basilica of the Holy Cross ‘in Jerusalem’ (Santa Croce in Gerusalemme), by Fr Salvador Aguilera Lopez, a priest of the archdiocese of Toledo. The Mass of the Finding of the Holy Cross was said, celebrated mostly in Latin; the Mozarabic chants were sung by members of the Pontifical Institute for Sacred Music, directed by Prof. Franz Prassl. The chant edition used was the Cantoral Mozárabe of Card. Cisneros, published in early 16th century, when the Cardinal was making every effort to preserve the Mozarabic Rite; it was he who established the Mozarabic chapel in the Cathedral of Toledo which has maintained the traditions of the rite to this day. Four videos of the chants of this Mass will be published later this week. My thanks to Mr Marc Williams for coming to take these photographs so we could share them with our readers. I have noted some of the interesting features of the Rite in the caption; you can click on the photos to enlarge them.
|The incensation of the altar at the beginning,|
|A concelebrant prepares the chalice at the Offertory; note the use of the so-called scruple spoon.|
|After the Offertory, since there are a number of other prayers to be said before the Preface, the vessels with are covered with a veil.|
|At the Eucharistic Prayer|
|At the Lord’s Prayer|
|After the Lord’s Prayer and the Embolism, the priest shows the paten and chalice to the people and says “Sancta sanctis - holy things for the holy,” which is also said in the Byzantine Rite before Communion.|
|Before the distribution of Communion, the priest gives a solemn blessing to the people, consisting of three invocations and conclusion, to each of which the choir answers “Amen.”|