Thursday, May 09, 2019

Video of a Solemn Ambrosian Mass

The Youtube channel of the traditional Latin Mass group in Milan has just posted a video of a solemn Mass celebrated in the Ambrosian Rite in Rome on May 25th, 2003, the fifth Sunday after Easter. The sound is fine, but unfortunately, the picture quality is not great; if I remember correctly, it was made with a very small camera. The celebrant is the late Mons. Angelo Amodeo, who inter alia worked for the office of the Milanese curia that handles the causes of proposed local Saints; on many occasions, when he was in Rome to present documentation to the Congregation for the Causes of Saints, he would celebrate an Ambrosian Mass, and parts of the Office as well. This visit coincided with one of the annual pilgrimages of the Schola Sainte-Cécile, who sang the Mass with a polyphonic setting written for the Ambrosian Rite. The Mass is preceded by the Vidi aquam and sprinking of holy water, which is done in a manner rather different from the Roman way, followed by the Hour of Terce. The church is none other than Santissima Trinità dei Pellegrini, which at the time, had not yet become the FSSP’s Roman parish, but occasionally hosted Masses in the traditional Rite. Most of the servers were not of the Ambrosian Rite, and had at best seen it a handful of times before, but we were expertly guided by Nicola de’ Grandi as the MC. Grazie, cari amici, per questo bellissimo ricordo!

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