FSSP's Solemn High Mass in the Crypt Church
Father Romanoski had been ordained only the week before on 30 May 2008 by Dario Cardinal Castrillon Hoyos in Lincoln, Nebraska.
The main altar of the Crypt Church before Mass.
The servers, subdeacon, deacon, and Fr. Romanoski processing at the beginning of Mass.
The Confiteor of the deacon and subdeacon.
Video of the Incensation of the altar at the beginning of Mass.
During the Offertory of the Mass.
The elevation of the Sacred Host, truly the Body of Christ.
The elevation of the Chalice containing the Precious Blood of Our Saviour Jesus Christ.
Video of Fr. Romanoski chanting the Pater Noster.
The "Second Confiteor" of the deacon and subdeacon.
"Ecce Agnus Dei."
The final blessing at the end of Mass.
Deacon Antony Sumich, FSSP and Fr. Romanoski process out after Mass.
Before the servers and the sacred ministers processed out, the Te Deum was sung in thanksgiving to God for all his blessings, especially for the blessing of this momentous Solemn High Mass.
Fr. Romanoski returned the sanctuary of the Crypt Church to give the blessing of a newly-ordained priest. It was the first time in my life that I received such a blessing. It was a tremendous honor, and per the tradition, I kissed Fr. Romanoski's hands. It was like nothing I had experience before, and I thank God for allowing me to be there and receive this blessing.
Fr. Romanoski giving the blessing to a friend of mine.
Most of the laity who attended the Mass waited in line to receive this blessing. Each one received a beautiful holy card of Our Lady of Sorrows that was printed to mark Fr. Romanoski's ordination.
It was very nice to see the prayer from which this blog gets its name (Dignare me laudare te Virgo Sacrata; Da mihi virtutem contra hostes tuos.) on the back of the holy card, at the very top.
In addition to this prayer, the following prayer by Blessed Miguel Pro, SJ was printed in both the original Spanish and in English on the back of the holy card:
My wish, O most Sorrowful Virgin, is to stand at thy side, strengthening my spirit with thy tears, consummating my sacrifice with thy martyrdom, sustaining my heart with thy solitude, loving my God, and thy God, with the immolation of my being.At the bottom of the holy card, Blessed Miguel's last words, "Viva Cristo Rey," were printed in large block type.
Between the holy card and my conversation with him after he finished giving his first blessings, I received a very good impression from Fr. Romanoski. It is clear that he has a strong devotion to the Blessed Virgin Mary and that God has blessed him with a devout spirit.
As I said before, Deo gratias!