Sunday, March 23, 2008

Easter Sunday at Georgetown University (Traditional Latin Mass)

On Holy Saturday (22 March 2008), I met one of the leaders of the pro-life movement at Georgetown University (a tall order, in my opinion, so God bless her for her devoted work) at a friend's get-together. She invited me to come to the Traditional Latin Mass on campus for Easter Sunday. I decided to go, and the next morning, I drove up to Georgetown (the first time in my 27+ years that I had been on the campus), and after a little difficulty in finding the venue, the Crypt Chapel of the North American Martyrs at Copley Hall, I made it just in time for the start of Mass.

Since the University was on Easter break, there were only 3 undergraduates (all women); the server, also a student; a Jesuit priest who read the Epistle and the Gospel in English before the sermon; and myself in attendance, besides the priest who offered the Mass, Fr. Stephen Fields, S.J. The Crypt Chapel is small, but very beautiful. It looks like it underwent some "wreckovation" in the past, but the tabernacle was in the proper place, and the overall ambiance was very appropriate for the "extraordinary use" of the Latin Catholic Mass.

The altar in the Crypt Chapel before Mass.

The incensation of the altar before the Introit.

The elevation of the Chalice containing the Precious Blood of Our Lord Jesus Christ.

The Traditional Latin Mass is held twice a week in the Crypt Chapel (Wednesdays and Sundays) and only recently received the official recognition of the Georgetown campus ministry.

There are visual manifestations of Georgetown's Catholic identity. This statue of St. Joseph is outside St. Mary's Hall, the headquarters of the College of Nursing.


Blogger Dymphna said...

There is going to be a TLM at St. Rita's in Alexandria on May 1.

7:53 PM  
Anonymous Joe said...

Would it be possible for you to repost the photos from the Copley Crypt Mass? They seem to have disappeared...

5:45 PM  

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