"Every Form of the Mass: Simply Extraordinary!"
That second picture is so striking to me. They are missing a wall and are still having a Solemn High Mass! We have all our walls at St. Joseph and we only have one Solemn High Mass per year! :-)
It's two per year! St. Joseph and All Souls! How many do you want????
Sorry - I forgot about the St. Joseph Solemn High Mass because I was out of town for that one! You know I appreciate the TWO that we have, hence the " :-) " in my first comment!Since you asked, though, I would just suggest maybe having a Solemn High Mass every Sunday. That way, the deacons can become more comfortable with the complicated rubrics and we can eventually have a nice Pontifical High Mass with our new Bishop-elect. :-)
The second picture is from a Church in Italy in WW2 if memory serves. Partially destroyed by Allied Bombing, yet sufficiently serviceable to say the Mass of the Ages.Come to think of it, even partially bombed out that building looks better than most of what passes for Churches these days.If we're taking a straw poll on Solemn High Masses, I'd be just tickled pink with incremental increases in the numbers. Say 4 this year, up from 2 this year. Why not add a Midnight Mass on Christmas Eve, and One on Easter Sunday. That'll sort of spread them out nicely throughout the year too.
I think the second pic was during WWII.The Solemn High Masses I have attended at St. Jo's were wonderful. I wish someone had recorded Fr. MacDonald's homily two years ago when, knowing there were a large number of protestants at the service, he spoke about Purgatory. He explained to them simply and eloquently how, whether they knew it or not, they believed in Purgatory, too. And, no, his tongue was not in his cheek. One of the best bits of homiletics I have ever heard, including the hot shots I studied under in seminary.
Is there to be a new cathedral?I never went to the old one, but as a former resident of that diocese I was given to understand that it was the smallest cathedral in the country.
3rd smallest as I have been told
I'd consider it a great blessing just to have an EF low Mass within an hour's drive of most places in the Savannah Diocese. It is still true that Summorum Pontificum does not exist in our Diocese except in Macon and in Savannah (Sunday afternoons at the Cathedral). Other than that, twice in Waycross (once in 2008 and once in 2009) and once in Baxley a couple of years ago. Maybe our new bishop can be persuaded to host a Latin Mass workshop for our overworked priests who cannot spare the time to travel great distances to attend one. While I understand the need to have Spanish Masses, this should not be used as an additional excuse for not having EF Masses (the "old Spanish Mass Defense" some of us call it!). If the EF is, in the eyes of the Church, a form equal in dignity to the OF, it should not be treated like a "hobby Mass" for some interested priests. It is not an "extra" which should be low down on the list of parish priorities. The goal should be to make it reasonably available (within an hour's drive or at least once a quarter) to all Catholics--not just the ones who live in the larger cities in the Diocese. Joseph Johnson
Yes, we are going to have a new cathedral. Sacred Heart Cathedral in Raleigh only seats 320 people and it is the smallest cathedral in the continental U.S. Please say a prayer for Fr. Dan, the rector of the cathedral who is going to have his hands full with moving a parish of over 2000 families to the new cathedral when it is completed.
Given the fact of how beautiful it looks in the artist's rendering, it is truly an exciting thing and a sign of where the Church is really with it--the South, although you have "north" in your name!
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