The Value of the Mass

The Value of the Mass
Up to our own times, it has been the constant concern of supreme pontiffs to ensure that the Church of Christ offers a worthy ritual to the Divine Majesty, 'to the praise and glory of His name,' and 'to the benefit of all His Holy Church - Pope Benedict XVI, Summorum Pontificum

Monday, June 18, 2007

The Basilica Cathedral of St. Louis and the ordinations for the Institute of Christ the King Sovereign Priest

OK, here it is folks. My camera died after taking pictures of the ordinations, so I didn't get a whole lot of pictures of the basilica itself. Also, my camera wasn't the best, so some of these pictures are a little blurry and grainy. I apologise for that. I'll let the pictures do the talking though.

The Basilica was awsome, as you can see from these pictures. This is the way that altar is really supposed to be set up. ;-)

I just want to highlight something unseen in this picture. For those of you who have never seen a bishop vested in full pontifical regalia here's what he's wearing. He's wearing a cassock, surplice, alb, amice, subdeacons tunicle, deacons dalmatic, chasuble, pallium, bishops gloves, zuchetta (I'm not sure if I spelled that correctly), precious miter, and of course, his crosier. I'm not quite sure if he was wearing his special boots. Knowing the Institute, he probably was, but I never got a good look.

This last picture is the coolist I think. If you look closely you can see that one of the newly ordained priests still has his hands wrapped. This is some amazingly powerful symbolism folks. From that point on this mans hands are consicrated to touch the sacred species. Like St. Thomas, he has been invited to place his finger into the wounds of Christ. The only proper response to this being "my Lord and my God."

Deo Gratias!


Royce Gregerson said...


Thanks for sharing the pictures. I really wanted to go to the ordinations, but alas there is only so much time and so many things to do. I'm currently considering entering the seminary through my diocese (they use the Josephinum) and I'm really curious to know how your traditionalism has been received by your diocese and the seminary.

Royce (

a thorn in the pew said...

Amazing photos and commentary. Hope you had a powerful experience!

Austin Hoang said...

Beautiful. I was at the Ordination Mass too. Glad you came. God bless you in your calling!

semperidem said...


Nice pics...the ordination was truly magnificent. I was there too. His Exellency was wearing everything that the Ceremonial of Bishops prescribes...including the buskins and liturgical slippers.(I have an inside line to the Institute)
God bless and thanks...

Andrew said...

Did you get the plenary indulgence? I think you receive a special blessing by kissing the priest's hands...

Zach said...

long story short, no I didn't. A situation popped up where I couldn't get a blessing from the priests. Long story though.

Zach said...

hey thorn, have you heard much from our friend Jacob?