Friday, January 24, 2020


For a Hollywood production of the pre Vatican II Mass in a 1980’s movie, this is wonderfully produced, acted and filmed.

There may be some errors here and there. For me there is one glaring error that stood out to me like a sore thumb. Hint: I saw it at the incensation and elevation. Do you see what it is?


John Nolan said...

Since the scenes were simply excerpts from a Solemn Mass and in no particular order, I found nothing to quibble about. They seem to have got the rubrics more or less spot-on.

Fr. Allan J. McDonald said...

I am shocked no one noticed that the actor Robert DiNero, although impeccably vested, is not wearing a white long sleeve shirt with French Cuffs and cuff links. He is wearing his formal red monsignorial cassock. Without a long sleeve shirt his forearms are exposed especially at the elevations.

John Nolan said...


You're taking the mickey or being ironic. Cuff-links are an item of male jewellery and, pace Benedict XVI, are inappropriate with liturgical garb. Nor is there any requirement to wear a shirt with double cuffs under a cassock.

Unknown said...

I am not familiar with this movie, so I do not know who the characters are. Therefore, I am not sure if the celebrant is supposed to be a priest/bishop/cardinal. It would appear he is a priest. If that is the case, then the scarlet sleeves are not correct. What I am fairly certain about is that the canonical digits do not have to be held together immediately after the incensation since the consecration has not yet happened. By the same token, at the elevation of the chalice they should be, but he does not do so on his left hand, using the thumb and index finger to hold up the base. But my observation may not be perfect. I am only a lay Anglocatholic (Episcopalian).