Saturday, April 19, 2008

Ahhh, New York Mass

The music at this Mass is as beautiful as the one in Washington was trite. Even the readers read prayerfully, women religious: is having women obligatory in the US?

The Holy Father seemed really very tired but I am sure that he would have been pleased with this celebration.
Well done, Cardinal Egan.
Homily with Fr Z's comments here


Anonymous said...

It`s wonderful, isn`t it. I hope the Washington team are watching and weeping.

Anonymous said...

Wonderful! The music has eclipsed that cacophony of a psalm in Washington - I'm so glad the two Masses were this way round so the memories of this one replace the other.

Yes I thought the Holy Father looked very tired too - I do hope they give him ample rest before he returns to Rome.

Amusing to hear the commentator saying that they had kept their commentary to a minimum. They must have read some of the comments in the blogosphere which criticised constant unnecessary commentary which are so common in the media today.

One question Father - who was the dignitary in the extraordinary (in the old sense of the word!) black and white vestments in one of your photos. A little OTT surely he is not'one of ours'?

Fr Ray Blake said...

Pelerin, there were a number of Uniate, in communion with Rome but of different rites there, bishops with crowns etc.

Anonymous said...

Thank you for your information, Father. I'm ashamed to say I have never heard of the Uniate churches until now.

Having attended several special ceremonies in Notre-Dame Paris where there were often priests wearing very elaborate crowns, i had wrongly presumed they were either Greek or Russian Orthodox. Perhaps they too are Eastern Catholics. Their robes and crowns always seem to contrast strongly with the usually plain and sober vestments and mitres of the Cardinal and his bishops and priests.

gemoftheocean said...

Let me guess, if the readers had been all men you probably wouldn't have even noticed! Can you leave us a few crumbs?

The first Mass they were over the top, and you weren't happy because they were over the top. Now you admit they did it right, and you're STILL not happy! Can't win.


PeterHWright said...

I didn't see the Mass at St. Patrick's Cathedral, New York.

Is photo #1 real ?
It looks more like an archive photo from, say, Fontgombault.
An old style archiepiscopal Cross ?
Good heavens.

Anonymous said...

See, not all of America is like what was seen in D.C.. N.Y. is much more conservative.

Adrienne said...

It made my heart sing. I had to attend a Liturgicl Committee (bleh) meeting right after viewing that fiasco in Washington.

I was bouncing all over my office when I saw New York's Mass. What a difference. Even Fox News said New York's Mass was "a bit more traditional." Ya think??

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