12 June 2008

Good Liturgical News from the World

I'd just like to share a few pictures with y'all today. These pictures are from The New Liturgical Movement, a blog that every tradition-minded Catholic should check frequently.

The first two photos are a before and after the parish priest's renovations.

Before: Notice the tiny table style altar, which seems to be overtaken by the reredos. Also, the altar is up high on that step so ad orientem Masses would be difficult. Now with a little renovation...

After: Six tall candles and a tall crucifix (the "Benedictine arrangement") are placed on the altar, which is now in the traditional... altar form. The crucifix is now the center of attention. This is important for our worship, because the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass is the sacrifice of Calvary! This arrangement takes the attention off of the priest, and serves as an intermediate step before introducing ad orientem Masses (where the priest and people face the same way- towards the cross.)

These next three photos are from Santissima Trinita dei Pelligrini (Most Holy Trinity of the Pilgrims). This is the FSSP's parish in Rome. As most of you know, the FSSP is a congregation of priests that celebrates the Traditional Mass and sacraments.

The first Solemn High Mass- look at that beautiful painting and those reliquaries and...
THE CANDLES!!!! The candles are 8 feet high and the candlesticks 6 feet high.

If we could only see more of this.... ahh.


Blogger Cliff Notes said...

Patience. People are going to love ad orientem worship. Thanks to Summorum Pont., lots of diocesan seminarians will be learning the ancient liturgies from now on.

June 13, 2008 12:36 AM  
Blogger Jonathan Knox said...

What is this Summorum Pont. you speak of? ;)

June 13, 2008 12:40 AM  
Blogger Cliff Notes said...

You're starting to sound like the USCCB. Too soon?

June 13, 2008 3:16 PM  
Blogger Anthony M Piferrer said...

Wowies, 8 foot candles! The candles on the altar at the Madeleine, where I've worked, are super high, too. I have to climb a tall ladder behind the altarpiece and then stand on my toes just to reach up and light them. Good stuff.

I think that even in the Novus Ordo there should be low candles across the front of the altar with a crucifix in the center (like in some churches) so the priest will not be tempted to do show tactics. Of course, I much prefer the ancient liturgy.

June 14, 2008 10:36 AM  
Blogger Jonathan Knox said...

Go with the tall candles! Start with low candles and crucifix, then heighten them, and then go ad orientem. Follow the Pope's example!

June 14, 2008 2:18 PM  
Blogger Anthony M Piferrer said...

Is the Pope doing his NO Masses that way now?

June 16, 2008 9:52 AM  
Blogger Jonathan Knox said...

He's doing all his Masses with the seven candles on the altar, with a central crucifix. Only one ad orientem so far, back in January.

However... the past three Masses, we have seen all communicants receiving from the Pope while kneeling and on the tongue.

June 16, 2008 3:24 PM  

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