Monday, April 26, 2010

Masses the Day After the Pontifical High Mass

I served as a torchbearer at the momentous and glorious Pontifical Solemn High Mass at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington, DC on 24 April 2010. Because of this, I wasn't able to take any pictures. I gave my camera to a friend of mine and asked him to take pictures, but since he wasn't used to it, most of the pictures turned out blurry.

The following morning, I attended the Sunday 9 am Low Mass for the 4th Sunday of the month at St. Mary, Mother of God, also in Washington, DC, as Bishop Slattery, the celebrant for the Pontifical Solemn High Mass, was going to offer a Pontifical Low Mass. However, he came down with a throat ailment, and could hardly speak, so he couldn't offer the Mass. The pastor at St. Mary's, Father Harris, stepped in and said the Mass. However, the bishop did sit in choir during the Mass.

Bishop Slattery and two priests in choir before the Low Mass.

Father Jay Harris, pastor of St. Mary's, reading the Last Gospel.

Bishop Slattery said a few words after the Mass and before the prayers for the conversion of Russia, despite almost losing his voice.

Later that day, Father John Zuhlsdorf, of What Does That Prayer Really Say fame, and who helped narrate EWTN's broadcast of the Pontifical High Mass, offered the 7:30 pm Novus Ordo Mass at St. Mary's. It was an honor to have "Father Z" there, and he offered the Mass ad orientem. He also (unsurprisingly) wore a maniple.

Father Zuhlsdorf during the Penitential Rite.

Father Zuhlsdorf as he gave his homily.

The elevation of the Precious Blood by Father Zuhlsdorf.


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