What a glorious day. Today we walked to St. Peter's via the Vatican Motel Six where Pope Francis lives. These will be the first two photos below. His room is where the papal flag is and his bedroom is to the left of it and shuttered. He only has two rooms, like I do at my rectory, but I bet his quarters are nicer!
The ordination was splendid, simply splendid! Now I know some of you will complain that I took photos during a Mass I was concelebrating. Dumb luck had me sitting right next to the altar! It is the altar directly behind the papal altar and is called the "Altar of the Chair" which you will see below! But a bishop seated directly in front of me took out is iPhone too and starting snapping pictures! What's good for the goose is good for the gander!
His Eminence James Cardinal Harvey, Archpriest of the Papal Basilica of Saint Paul's outside the Walls was the celebrant. Two other cardinals were present in choir dress, Their Eminences, Cardinals Law and O'Brien!
I re-introduced myself to Cardinal O'Brien whom I've met many times before. In the early 1970's when he was an army chaplain, he was stationed at Fort Gordon, Ga which is a part of Augusta, Georgia where I grew up and all I had to say was Augusta, Georgia to him and he knew who I was.
Cardinal Harvey gave a very good homily and even referenced the Extraordinary Form of the Mass in terms of the "Prayers at the Foot of the Altar" and what the priest says, "I will go to the altar of God, the God of my youth!"
As you know, my clairvoyance tells me that in the near future, our Roman Missal will have in the appendix the option of "The Prayers at the Foot of the Altar" as well as the options of EF's "Offertory Prayers" and "The Last Gospel." It will also have rubrics similar to the EF for the Roman Canon and more details for ad orientem celebrations of the Mass.
But I digress. As you know the Pontifical North American College has more men studying for the priesthood then they have every had. 41 men were ordained out of the 4th year class.
The liturgy was splendid, the choir was great and congregational singing stunning. The official antiphons for the deacon ordination Mass were all chanted, including the Introit following the very, very long procession of those to be ordained, other deacons, priests, bishops and cardinals.
The Mass was Mass VIII--Missa de angelis, but apart from that it was all in English. I think this is what should be mandated, the parts of the Mass in Latin and the vernacular for all else.
Enjoy the photos!