Friday, April 17, 2009

Solemn Mass in the Usus Antiquior at the Lateran [Update]

Back in February I had mentioned three important Masses to be celebrated according to the usus aniquior in Italy in March and April. We have already seen images of the first of them, the ordination of five priests for the Franciscans of the Immaculate (FFI) by Archbishop Raymond Burke in Tarquinia.

Yesterday now, the Superior of the FFI, Fr Stefano Maria Manelli, celebrated Solemn Mass in the Cathedral of the Pope, the Archbasilica of St. John Lateran, on the occasion of the Octocentennial of the Approbation of the Rule of St. Francis by Innocent III on 16 April 1209. This took place in the context of the Chapter of Mats, a Conference of the Ministers General of the First Order and the TOR of the Franciscans (Friars Minor, Conventuals, and Capuchins) to celebrate this Octocentennial. Here are some images of the Mass, by way of our friends at Rinascimento Sacro.

UPDATE, Saturday 18 April

Speaking of the Chapter of Mats, while not strictly liturgical, I thought some of you might still be interested in seeing some pictures from the audience they had today with the Pope:

(Images: Daylife)

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