Friday, August 03, 2018

A Priest’s Silver Jubilee

Our thanks to reader Joseph Janidlo for sending in the video and pictures of a Mass recently celebrated for his pastor’s silver jubilee.

On the feast of the Most Holy Trinity, a Solemn High Mass of Thanksgiving was offered at Queen of Peace Church in Patton, Pennsylvania, celebrated by Fr Ananias OSB, pastor of the church for 16 years; the occasion marked the silver jubilee of his priestly ordination. Hundreds of parishioners, friends, family and clergy were in attendance. Palestrina’s Mass Aeterna Christi Munera was sung; here is a recording of the Gloria in excelsis, accompanying a video montage of photographs of the ceremony.

The Jubilee Museum in Columbus, Ohio, graciously lent some antique vestments for this solemn occasion, which were originally a gift from the Emperor of Mexico to the Shrine of the Holy Sepulcher in Jerusalem (circa 1890s). These vestments and many gems of Christendom can be visited in person and seen on their website:
Since the motu proprio Summorum Pontificum was promulgated by Pope Benedict XVI eleven years ago, the traditional Mass has been offered at this church every Sunday and Holy Day of Obligation. Fr Ananias remarks it is the “Old Mass” who truly gives “joy to his youth” and priesthood. For more information, photos and to help spread the word, please visit his parish website:

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