Friday, April 30, 2010

Ancient Ambrosian Rite at Santa Maria Sopra Minerva, Rome

This weekend in Rome there are some events going on attached to the usus antiquior Ambrosianus, or ancient Ambrosian liturgy -- a liturgical tradition which I have a particular interest in and fondness for, and which I have had the privilege to witness and participate in personally.

As is so often the case, Msgr. Angelo Amodeo, whom one might, without exaggeration, call a sort of apostle for the ancient Ambrosian rite, and also a Canon of the Metropolitan Chapter of the Cathedral of Milan, was involved. A few of our very own NLM writers were also involved.

These events began this afternoon at 4:00pm Rome time with a Sung Mass in Ambrosian Rite at Roman Basilica of Santa Maria Sopra Minerva. (The photos are courtesy of John Sonnen.)

You will note here the unique way the chasuble is held for the incensation in the Ambrosian rite. Note as well the uncapped, or uncovered, thurible.

Other Ambrosian events this weekend will include Solemn Vespers and Compline at Sant'Andrea del Quirinale on Saturday, and on Sunday at Noon, Solemn Mass in the Ambrosian rite at the Pantheon.

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