Wednesday, June 30, 2021

Tradition is for the Young - A Recent Pontifical Mass in Louisiana

Here’s something very nice which slipped through the cracks of my mailbox, and should have been posted earlier (apologies!): on the first Wednesday of this month, June 2, H.E. Glen Provost, Bishop of Lake Charles, Louisiana, celebrated a Pontifical Mass in the traditional rite at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception, to mark the ongoing Year of St Joseph. Wednesday of course is the traditional day to commemorate patron Saints, and since St Joseph is Patron of the Universal Church, his votive Mass is assigned to that day in the Missal of the Extraordinary Form.

Anyone who has ever served this rite of Mass knows that it requires a fair amount of organizing and rehearsal to do properly; the reward is, of course, a ceremony which truly impresses upon one, forcibly and unmistakably, the power and majesty of what the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass really is. We can all take encouragement once again from the fact that almost none of the people who are making the effort and committment to put this together are old enough to be doing so from any sense of “nostalgia”; what we see here is a true and sincere love for the richness of our Catholic liturgical tradition. Feliciter! (Photos by Kim and Jason Rhorer; click here to see the full album.)

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