As dumb luck or Divine Providence would have it, I had the perfect seat at today's Mass with the Holy Father where he consecrated the world to the Blessed Virgin Mary under the title of Our Lady of Fatima! I was on the front row directly to the right of the papal throne.
We distributed Holy Communion to the faithful toward the end of the Piazza and there must have been 200,000 there!
We were told to be very concerned about the reverence for Holy Communion and to be careful how we distributed. We were told to give Holy Communion on the tongue, but it was nearly impossible to do so with such large crowed and people reaching forward to receive.
I just don't know about giving Holy Communion indiscriminately in these situations. I saw people taking the host and passing it to loved ones.
The Hosts we distributed were not consecrated at the Mass but a previous Mass. During the Offertory, we we ushered into the Basilica to take our ciborium with already consecrated hosts and then we stood in solemn line waiting for the Lord's Prayer at which point we headed out and fanned to the remotest part of the Piazza. It was impressive.
The Mass was beautiful. The altar was the Benedictine arrangement and with the candles straight across as Pope Benedict had them, not angled as these had been more recently.
The chants were great and the Mass was the Mass of the Angels. And of course the proper Introit was chanted as the pope arrived at the altar to incense it.
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