Saturday, August 22, 2009

EWTN Friars and Knights Offer First Televised Solemn Mass

As mentioned a few days ago, on EWTN today for the Feast of the Immaculate Heart of Mary in the calendar of the usus antiquior (today is also the feast of the Queenship of the Blessed Virgin Mary in the calendar of the modern Roman liturgy) a solemn Mass in the usus antiquior was offered and televised live.

What is especially significant and wonderful about this particular televised Mass -- one of many such EWTN has aired, and one of the many solemn and dignified liturgies EWTN regularly airs in both forms of the Roman liturgy -- is that it was the first which saw all the sacred ministers and servers coming from EWTN's own: the MFVA friars and Knights of the Holy Eucharist.

Here are a few stills from the Mass.

"Ite Missa Est"

As a personal aside, having watched the Masses by the MFVA Friars at EWTN over the years; Masses which, as I have said elsewhere, certainly had a strong formative influence in my own regard more than a decade ago; Masses offered (as also in the case of the various houses of the English Oratories) in a distinct spirit of continuity when "continuity" was not yet a byword; it was certainly a wonderful thing to behold this public addition to their already fine work within the liturgical apostolate.

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