Sunday, July 24, 2022

A Pontifical Mass for St Bridget in Sweden

Yesterday was the dies natalis of St Bridget of Sweden, the patron of the country, and, as of 1999, one of the co-patrons of all of Europe, together with Ss Benedict, Cyril and Methodius, Catherine of Siena and Teresa Benedicta of the Cross. At the church of Greyfriars Abbey in Ystad, Sweden, His Excellency Czeslaw Kozon, bishop of Copenhagen, Denmark, celebrated a Pontifical Mass for her feast; here is a nice video from EWTN with some excerpts. In her native place, St Bridget would have known one of the local uses of the Roman Rite, which in the Nordic countries had a lot in common with the Use of Sarum. However, she spent most of the last twenty-three years of her life in Rome, and it is pleasant to remember that in almost every way, this Mass would have been perfectly familiar to her. We thank Bishop Kozon for his fatherly solicitude towards those who love the traditional rite.

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