Sunday, July 05, 2009

Pontifical Mass (OF) for St. Josemaria Escriva's Feast Day

Cardinal Rosales recently celebrated a Pontifical Mass (ordinary form) last June 26, 2009 at the Manila Cathedral with the priests of the Opus Dei concelebrating the Mass in honor of St. Josemaria Escriva. His Eminence wore a beautiful laced alb and golden gothic chasuble as with the main concelebrating priests as expected in an Opus Dei Mass. The choir provided the sacred and heavenly atmosphere by singing beautifully the Latin chants and the rest of the liturgical songs. The mass was well attended by the many who has been touched, one way or another, by the life and teaching of St. Josemaria Escriva.

There were some nuances, however, such as what is now popularly known as the Benedictine altar arrangement that the Opus Dei has preserved for the ordinary form was, surprisingly, not used and the priests in choir (the rest of the concelebrating priests) in stole over chasu-albs. It would have been better had they worn their choir vestments. Nevertheless, the mass was still a dignified form of celebrating the ordinary form.

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