Saturday, February 24, 2007

Solemn Pontifical Mass

On Sunday February 25 at 11:30 AM Bishop Salvatore J. Cordileone, auxiliary bishop of San Diego, will celebrate a Solemn Pontifical Mass (classical rite) at St. Mary's Church, Stamford CT. The church is one of the largest and best preserved Gothic revival churches in the Fairfield/Westchester county area.

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

Wonder what brings him to this (gorgeous) church -- especially on a day when it is expected to snow! (Hope his flight does not connect through Chicago.)

10:31 PM  
Blogger Hebdomadary said...

This is excellent news, and of great local interest. Bishop Cordileone has celebrated three Solemn Pontifical High Masses for the tridentine community here in San Diego. The first time was during Lent about five years ago, and the Gregorian schola with which I am involved called Chorus Breviarii San Diego sang terce during the vesting. (see the website for a pretty nifty photo of the event)

The second mass was for the feast of the Exaltation of the Most Holy Cross, for which no fewer than three relics were broken out of the Diocesan vaults and carried in procession following the mass.

Most recently the Bishop sang mass for the Twentieth Anniversary of the indult here in San Diego. San Diego was the first diocese in the U.S. to have an indult mass through the permission of then Bishop Leo Maher, which continues today and currently numbers about 400 communicants per weekend, spread over two masses.

The Bishop has also celebrated Pontifical First Vespers of the feast of All Saints on two occaisions, both times under the auspices of the Chorus Breviarii.

He has also celebrated the new rite in latin, both ad orientem and versus populum, demonstrating along with his novus ordo parish work and ministry to the traditionalists in the area, a remarkably even handed approach, and desire to serve all who call upon him in good faith.

He is one of the youngest Bishops in the Catholic church, a former member of the Roman Signatura, of exceptionally amiable character with an excellent sense of humour. It's nice to meet a bishop who likes to both talk and laugh. He also doesn't generally have an ax to grind. One would think that his future in the church is bright.

It is truly joyous news that he will be celebrating the traditional rite once again. Westchester is lucky to have him! God bless.

12:02 AM  
Blogger Ginny said...

I attended Mass here and got to meet the bishop. It was truly a memorable experience. I spoke to the woman taking pictures of this wonderful occasion and when she sends them to me I will post them on my site

9:05 PM  
Blogger Hebdomadary said...

I can't wait to see them Ginny. I heard a comment at schola rehearsal last night that there was a chance he'll be posted there. I have no idea how true that may or may not be, or even if the Diocese is vacant, but it wouldn't surprise me that he would be posted anywhere, although we all hope he'll "inherit" San Diego. I've always rather expected him to be called back to Rome.

7:46 AM  
Blogger Hebdomadary said...

Ginny, I left a couple of messages at your site, but it didn't publish them. I will look forward to your pictures, as I said, and wonder if you can provide any more information about the mass. What was the music for the mass? How was the bishop's homily, and what was its gist? Did he use a throne, or the faldstool? How were the servers, and how man of them were there? What kind of vestments were used, gothic or Roman? I'd love to hear from you on these subjects. Thanks!

9:01 AM  

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