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Fi News – Pontifical High Mass with Cardinal Burke

On Sunday, December 26th, His Eminence Raymond Leo Cardinal Burke offered a Pontifical Solemn High Mass at the Seminary of the Franciscan Friars of the Immaculate in Rome. The Mass was offered in honor of Fr. Stefano Maria Manelli, being his patronal feast day, and in thanksgiving for the elevation of His Eminence to the Cardinalate. The Mass was sung by the combined choirs of the Franciscan Friars and Sisters of the Immaculate from various convents of the F.I. in Italy, and was conducted by Sr. Maria Cecilia Manelli and Fr. Giovanni Maria Manelli – resulting in an outstanding example of the magnificence the Mass is meant to have. The Friars and Sisters also had the honor of hosting His Excellency Bishop Gino Reali of the local diocese of Porto-Santa Rufino, Rome.

In his homily, Cardinal Burke focused on the need for beauty and splendor in the sacred liturgy, echoing what His Holiness Pope Benedict XVI wrote in the letter accompanying his Moto Proprio “Summorum Pontificum:” “It is not appropriate to speak of these two versions of the Roman Missal as if they were ‘two Rites’.  Rather, it is a matter of a twofold use of one and the same rite.” And “What earlier generations held as sacred, remains sacred and great for us too, and it cannot be all of a sudden entirely forbidden or even considered harmful.  It behooves all of us to preserve the riches which have developed in the Church’s faith and prayer, and to give them their proper place…”

8 Responses to “Fi News – Pontifical High Mass with Cardinal Burke”

  1. Other Mary Says:

    How “Extraordinary”!! Thank you for the wonderful pictures of this blessed event! Ave Maria!

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  3. Pascendi Says:

    Any recordings of the music for this amazing event?

    Ave Maria, Bob (Long Island).

  4. apostolate Says:

    Ave Maria! Bob, We probably do have some recordings. We will see what we can come up with.
    – Fra Roderic Mary

  5. Richard Collins Says:

    Wonderful pictures, they could almost be paintings!

  6. dismas bede Says:

    Though I remember the EF from pre-Vatican II days, I do not recall – nor do I understand – the posture of coped servers sitting on steps, with their backs to the celebrant. Can someone explain it… and whatever sense of dignity and beauty it is supposed to bring to the liturgy. To be perfectly honest, it looks like they ran out of seats.

  7. Connie Scozzare Says:

    Sean, you are truly a fantastic photographer and the write-up makes a homeschooling momma proud! So great to hear a young person impressed with a Holy Event such as the above. Love you and miss you. (sorry to embarrass you.) mom

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