Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Vicar General of Albenga-Imperia, Feast of the Annunciation in Tavole

Continuing on with some quick coverage of the feast of the Annunciation, I wanted to share a few photos from the diocese of Albenga-Imperia in Italy. This particular Mass was celebrated in the parish church of Annunciazione di Maria Santissima in Tavole, and was celebrated by the Vicar General of the diocese, Monsignor Giorgio Brancaleoni.

One will note some pontifical elements here, such as the use of the Canon Missae on the altar, amongst some other elements. Further, one will no doubt note the use of what are evidently an antique set of blue vestments -- and a beautiful set it is indeed.

Invariably the question will arise, 'is this permitted?' given that this Mass in occurring in Italy and not in places like Spain where permissions for blue do exist. Whether there is a special indult for this particular location I know not, but from what I'm given to understand, the use of blue in parts of Italy for Marian feasts was a strong custom in some parts, whatever else the liturgical law formally was.

I only address the topic since it is otherwise bound to arise anyway.

Exposition and Procession

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