Monday, April 16, 2012

300th Anniversary Celebrations of the Prandtauerkirche in St.Pölten, Austria

This past April 9th saw a Solemn Mass offered on the occasion of the 300th anniversary of the Carmelite Prandtauerkirche in the city of St. Pölten, Austria. The liturgy was offered according to the usus antiquior -- which form is celebrated in this chapel regularly. reports that the chaplain, Fr. Reinhard Knittel, commented that the usus antiquior is a particularly efficacious means of fostering reverence and an encounter with God, one which also provides "a means to counter the current threat to the church's worship." At the same time, Fr. Knittel took care to note that this should not be understood as "an expression of categorial rejection of the reforms [which came] in the wake of the Second Vatican Council", commenting on the value of both forms of the Roman liturgy.

It is reported that guests of honour included members of the Montecuccoli family, as well as local political representatives.

Here are a few photos of the event.

All photos copyright Jerko Malinar /

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