Saturday, September 26, 2015
PAPAL MASS IN PHILADELPHIA'S STUNNINGLY BEAUTIFUL CATHEDRAL
The Mass is stunningly beautiful and please note the lovely Benedictine altar arrangement. Why don't more cathedrals and parishes implement what the Holy Father, two now, have modeled in this regard. Why the intransigence?
Also note how the Concelebrants receive Holy Communion at a papal Mass in the USA--THEY DO NOT DRINK FROM THE COMMON CHALICE, THEY INTINCT THEIR HOST INTO THE PRECIOUS BLOOD HELD BY BY A DEACON! THANK GOD FOR HYGIENIC COMMON SENSE! AND THE HOLY FATHER GIVES HOLY COMMUNION TO THE DEACONS BY INTINCTION JUST AS HIS HOLINESS DOES IN ROME!
Also of note is the nice and sober quality of the liturgical chants. Hail Holy Queen is the processional which for liturgical purests is anathema to sing a Marian hymn as a processional!
There has been a serious upheaval in the music ministry of this cathedral as Archbishop Chaput fired the previous director who left with sour grapes. Their new director seems to have stepped in and done a great job following what his boss the Archbishop wants!
There is a very nice blend of Latin and English with a smattering of Vietnamese and Spanish here and there. The Latin parts of the Mass are very nicely executed.