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Monday, 15 February 2010

EF at the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception

This is quite a remarkable piece of news.
The fifth anniversary of inauguration of Pope Benedict XVI will be commemorated in the Great Upper Church of the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception, Washington DC, by a Pontifical Solemn High Mass in the “Extraordinary form”—commonly known as the “Traditional Latin Mass” or “Tridentine Mass”—celebrated by the Vatican prelate Darío Cardinal Castrillón Hoyos of Colombia.

This will be the first such Mass said at the Shrine’s High Altar in nearly 45 years. All Catholics are invited, many of whom may never have another opportunity to attend such a Mass. Cardinal Castrillón is the President Emeritus of the Vatican’s Pontifical Commission Ecclesia Dei (Church of God), where he assisted Pope John Paul II and Pope Benedict XVI in facilitating this Mass.


A little bit of encouragement, badly needed, as I am abandoning all hope, liturgically speaking.... somewhere, someone celebrates reverently and beautifully and appropriately.
(And no, I STILL prefer the OF... but you can only do what you can do.)
(And the EF is no guarantor of beauty, reverence and appropriateness, in and of itself, as I've been reminded forcefully, of late.)

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