Sunday, March 23, 2008

Easter Vigil at St. Alphonsus, Baltimore

For the third time in four years, I traveled up to St. Alphonsus Catholic Church in Baltimore, Maryland for the Easter Vigil according to the 1962 Roman Missal (Traditional Latin Mass). This church is a favorite of mine, not merely because of the beautiful Gothic architecture and decoration, but also because of its connection to St. John Neumann, who was pastor there before becoming Bishop of Philadelphia. He was also consecrated a bishop in this church.

Msgr. Arthur W. Bastress, pastor of St. Alphonsus, dressed in a deacon's dalmatic, carries the Easter candle down the main aisle in procession.

The incensation of the Easter Candle.

Monsignor, assisted by one of the servers, dips the Easter Candle into the container of water during the Blessing of the Easter Water.

The lighting of the candles during the second part of the Litany of the Saints.

"Ecce Agnus Dei. Ecce qui tollit peccata mundi."

The sanctuary of St. Alphonsus after the conclusion of Mass.

[I also took video of the first part of the Litany of the Saints and the first part of the Gloria as the bells were being rung, but I need to edit the video before it's posted.]


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