Thursday, October 08, 2009

Solemn Mass in the Presence of a Greater Prelate in Wrocław, Poland

The Institute of the Good Shepherd in Poland sent in some photos to the NLM of a recent Solemn Mass in the presence of a greater prelate, Archbishop Marian Gołębiewski, who assisted in cope and mitre.

The Mass took place in Wrocław in the South of Poland. The Mass of was that of Our Lady of the Most Holy Rosary, with the celebrant of the Mass being Fr. Stanisław Pawlaczek. Fr Jarosław Powąska was deacon, and Fr Grzegorz Śniadoch, IBP, subdeacon. Frs. Zbigniew Chromy of Świdnica and Fr Wojciech Gryglewicz of Wrocław were the Assistant Deacons. Additionally, Fr Wojciech Grygiel, FSSP, was also in attendance.

The NLM is told that the Mass was attended by almost three hundred faithful, clergy and seminarians of the St Pius X diocesan seminary in Wrocław. The servers, inclusive of the MC, were all taken from the parish's regular corps of servers.

When the Archbishop arrives, he will be greeted and offered holy water which he blesses himself with and sprinkles.

The Archbishop wears cappa magna and biretta.

The Archbishop proceeds to the altar and tabernacle, kneels at the faldstool and prays.

The Archbishop proceeds to the throne to prepare to vest.

The Archbishop vested.

The Prayers at the Foot of the Altar: the Archbishop comes before the altar steps and the celebrant of the Mass joins him to his left. The assistant deacons stand a little behind to the right, and the deacon and subdeacon to the left. The bishop and the celebrant say the prayers at the foot of the altar, with the celebrant answering the bishop, while the deacon and subdeacon and assistant deacons say the prayers to one another.

The Subdeacon chants the epistle, not turned directly toward the altar, but half turned toward altar and the Archbishop.

The Deacon chants the Holy Gospel.

Offertory: The Archbishop imposes incense from the throne which the celebrant will use for the incensations at the Offertory. (The Archbishop will also bless the cruet of water from the throne).

Offertory: the celebrant incenses the altar.

The Archbishop proceeds from the throne to the faldstool. The subdeacon with paten and humeral veil moves toward the epistle side of the altar and turns slightly, facing both the altar and the Archbishop.


The Last Gospel

Full Photo gallery: Gallery 1, Gallery 2

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