Saturday, September 05, 2009

Episcopal Consecration in Finland and the Liturgical Influence of Benedict XVI

A reader sends this in story which seems to demonstrate the continuing influence and spread of Pope Benedict XVI's liturgical initiatives. The three points of liturgical note that our reader reports are the use of Latin within the liturgy, Gregorian chant and polyphony, and the use of the Benedictine arrangement.

The new Catholic bishop of Helsinki, Finland, mons. Teemu Sippo SCI, was consecrated in the medieval, now Lutheran Cathedral of Turku. More than 1000 people were there but not all got in.

The whole liturgy was celebrated in Latin; readings, final blessing and three hymns in the vernacular. Novus Ordo, of course. Music was a mixture of Gregorian and polyphony, except for the hymns.

The altar was decorated after the "newer" Benedictine fashion... The antependium was made by the bridgettine sisters of Turku after

The principal consecrator was Cardinal Karl Lehmann, the two co-consecrators were our former bishop, mons. Józef Wróbel SCI and mons. Czeslaw Kozon, Bishop of Copenhagen. At the altar was also the Apostolic Nuncio to Scandinavia, mons. Emil Paul Tscherrig.

Source: Kuvia piispa Teemu Siposta SCJ

Here are a couple of photos. Further photos may be seen at the link given just above.

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