Friday, July 11, 2008

Update from the Deep South: Lake Charles, Louisiana

The folks at the Lake Charles Latin Mass Society sent the NLM images a their recent Peter and Paul Mass in the usus antiquior.

They wrote up an account of this event, which we will precede with the pictures they sent.

The Feast of Sts. Peter and Paul of this year was an historic one for
the Catholics of the Diocese of Lake Charles, Louisiana: it was celebrated by the offering of the first Solemn High Mass according to the Extraordinary Form in the Diocese since the end of the Second Vatican Council. This alone would have been cause for rejoicing, but the faithful of Lake Charles had even more to celebrate. The Mass was offered in the Cathedral of their Diocese, with their Bishop, Glen John Provost, himself in attendance, in choir, attended by two chaplains; and the Bishop himself preached a fine, strong homily on the fundamental continuity of the Faith, echoing Pope Benedict's assertion that "What earlier generations held as sacred, remains sacred and great for us too." Over four hundred people attended the choral Mass, including many who are not regulars of the usual weekly Mass according to the Extraordinary Form. The diocesan newspaper sent a reporter and a photographer to cover the story; the Mass was also video-taped for posterity.

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