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."