Wednesday, April 02, 2008

Papal Mass for John Paul II

Today Pope Benedict celebrated a Mass of intercession on the third anniversary of the passing of the Servant of God Pope John Paul II. He gave a wonderful sermon in which he - again, as he already did at last Sunday's Regina cœli - connected Pope John Paul's life and ministry to the mystery of the Divine Mercy. Here are some images of the Mass (click to enlarge):


(If you look sharply at the picture above, you will see that the carved coats of arms on the posts of the throne are actually those of Benedict XVI)

Overview of the arrangement of altar and throne:

Presentation of the gifts:

Descending from the throne:

Arriving at the altar:

(In case some of you should wonder: the thing in the foreground is the tip of a halberd of one of the Papal Swiss Guards)


(Here we are getting a good view of the papal asteriscus)

The ceroferarii during the Canon:

Genuflection after the Consecration:

Final Benediction:

Leaving the altar:

The Mass was sung entirely (apart from readings and interecessions) in Latin. And as you have seen, the "new" ferula or pastoral staff was again employed; since this was not one of the solemn Easter celebrations, it might be inferred that it will now be used regularly.

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