Monday, December 03, 2007

Missa Cantata in the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception

On 17 November 2007, the first Missa Cantata since the promulgation of the Novus Ordo Missae was held in the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington, DC. The Mass was offered by Father Daniel D'Alliessi of the Archdiocese of New York in the Our Lady of Lourdes Chapel in the Crypt Level of the Basilica. Fr. D'Alliessi used the propers of the Votive Mass of the Blessed Virgin Mary (Salve sancta parens).

A four-man schola consisting of men from the Washington, DC area chanted during the Mass. The Lourdes chapel was filled to capacity (about 50 people). Fr. D'Alliesi, during his homily, talked about a chronicle from The Golden Legend in which a bishop rebuked a priest who could only say a Mass of the Blessed Virgin Mary. Our Lady appeared to the bishop that evening and told him to let the priest be.

I was one of the three who served the Mass, and I had someone take some pictures during the Mass. Four turned out all right.

The altar in the Lourdes chapel set up for the Mass

Taken during the chanting of the Gospel

The mingling of the water with the wine

"Lavabo inter innocentes manus meas..."

The Basilica has designated the Lourdes chapel as the one set aside for the Traditional Latin Mass (or the "Extraordinary" Use). It was one of the first built in the building, so it is ideal for the TLM. The staff recently obtained the proper vestments (Father D'Alliessi is wearing one of their chasubles), and they have everything else needed for this sort of Mass.

It was a momentous occasion, and it was a honor to be there. Let us pray that the Lourdes chapel is utilized often for the Traditional Latin Mass.

Our Lady of Lourdes, pray for us!


Anonymous Anonymous said...

This is a lovely chapel. I celebrated a Low Mass (1962 Missal) in the chapel in October. The staff of the Shrine was most welcoming and courteous. Fr. Scott Haynes, SJC, Chicago

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Blogger Will Cubbedge said...

Just Beautiful! I hope I can make it someday, but it seems I'm always working on Wednesdays.


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