Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Ordinations for the Franciscans of the Immaculate

As mentioned earlier, Archbishop Raymond Leo Burke, Prefect of the Apostolic Signatura, today celebrated Pontifical Mass in the usus antiquior and ordained five priests for the Franciscans of the Immaculate (FFI) in the church of St. Francis in Tarquinia (a small town in Latium). Our good friend John Sonnen of ORBIS CATHOLICVS has some pictures of this splendid occasion. Here is a selection:

The church:

The Mass. Archbishop Burke and the sacred ministered, incidentally, were wearing some rather fine gothic vestments, and these pictures show, in my opinion, how these can go perfectly well together with other paraments in more Roman/baroque forms, such as the mitre, the copes of the book and bugia bearers or the chasubles of the ordinandi. In the first image, you can see to the left Fr. Stefano Maria Manelli, the Minister General and Founder of the FFI, and to the right his Co-Founder, Fr. Gabriele Maria Pellettieri.


The First Blessing of the new priests:

Followed by the kissing of the anointed palms:

The recession.

The NLM congratulates the new priests and the FFI.

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