Wednesday, March 07, 2007

How does the Pope celebrate Mass?


These are pictures of Pope John Paul II clelebrating Mass in his private chapel, as is pretty obvious he is celebrating Mass facing the same direction as the congregation, here he is facing the people, as he shows the Body of Christ at the Ecce Agnus Dei.
I haven't seen any pictures of the private Mass of our present Pontiff, as people are no longer invited, it is pretty obvious he celebrates "ad orientem", the question some ask is, "What rite does he use?"

9 comments:

Andrew said...

He can't jolly well celebrate a High Mass by himself in his Chapel.

Perhaps a daily Low Mass?

Anonymous said...

Horrible papal chapel. It's style is the worst of the Novus Ordo architecture. Just to follow ideology the people at the Vatican don't respect anything.

Anonymous said...

Novus Ordo? It reminds me of Franco's subterranean church in the Valley of the Fallen, very 30s/40s.

Peter said...

%y8s is Pius XII's chapel re-ordered.

Anonymous said...

It is the Ecce Agnus Dei and no one kneels.

Henry said...

What nasty architecture. Looks like the kind of thing one might have had on board a 1930s ship. The stained glass ceiling with lighting behind is especially unpleasant, as are the large areas of plain marble. The decor is reminiscent of a washroom in an upmarket hotel.

And I had expected a baroque gem. But who could design one these days? If I was the pope I would ask an assistant to keep an eye out for a suitable unwanted interior that could be salvaged and re-erected.

Still, if he is facing east, then surely his example should be followed.

Anonymous said...

The Vatican is full of papal chapels, used and unused, some seen by the public, others not, of which this is only one. Each reflect the liturgical and architectural principles of their time. History moves on, it changes all the time and is never static.

Veronica said...

How lovely to see a photograph of Pope John Paul II praying before the tabernacle again, thank you for posting it.

Anonymous said...

If I were the pope I would have turn down. It is ghastly.