Tuesday, June 1, 2010
A PILGRIMAGE TO MY MOTHER'S HOME TOWN, LIVORNO, ITALY
My mother who will be 91 in October is from Livorno, Italy (AKA,Leghorn). Above her city is a shrine to Our Lady of Montenero. Many miracles have taken place here and the faithful have left mementos in thanksgiving for the various cures. Recently there was a pilgrimage to this shrine's very Baroque chapel. The Extraordinary Form of the High Mass was celebrated at the ornate altar. I've been there several times. In the 1980's even the Ordinary Form Mass was celebrated ad orientem at the majestic altar. But the last time I was there in 2003 I believe, they had put up a "faux" altar in front of it to celebrate the Mass facing the people. The pictures below will show both altars. You make the comparisons!
MY MOM'S HOMETOWN SHRINE, MAMA MIA!