Tridentine High Mass in St. Peters

by Steve Ray on October 19, 2009

burkefinalmass625aug18Archbishop Burke offers 1st Tridentine High Mass in St. Peter’s Basilica in 40 years

Archbishop Raymond Burke, prefect of the Apostolic Signatura, has offered the first solemn High Mass in the extraordinary form of the Roman Rite in St. Peter’s Basilica since the promulgation of the ordinary form four decades ago. The Pontifical Mass took place in the Chapel of the Most Holy Sacrament.

Brief segment of the Mass on YouTube

The end of the Mass on YouTube

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Suzanne October 26, 2009 at 12:43 PM

Oh my; I was actually at St. Peter’s that day and in line to get into the Basilica with two Franciscan priests who told me they were going to this Mass. They didn’t mention and I had no idea it was history in the making. It was very close to the 10 a.m. start time for that Mass and I had wanted to go to the 10:30 Mass at the Altar of the Chair. As it turns out, they ended up changing all the Mass times that day (which was not advertised), so I didn’t even get to attend that 10:30 Mass, but I did get to Mass at 1 p.m. at the main altar; it was in Spanish and Italian. I also got to see the Pope out in the square for the Angelus and blessing. That was amazing and worth all the effort, jetlag, and sickness (I was only in Italy a total of 4 days and it was a lot of running around). Anyway, when I was unable to go to the 10:30 Mass, I kept saying, “I should have gone to the Mass with Archbishop Burke”. I didn’t really know it was a history-making event. Oh well. At least I did get to attend Mass at St. Peter’s and I got to see Pope Benedict. Can’t really ask for more than that!! We also went to this restaurant very near the Vatican/St. Peter’s called Osteria dei Pontefici (I didn’t know it at the time, but it means Pontiff’s place). We didn’t know anything about it; just picked it at random when we got into town and were very hungry; it was near the place we stayed. It was so good, reasonably priced, and had pictures of all the Popes on the walls starting with Pius XII. I knew when we walked in that we had picked a good place. I felt so at home; what a great place!

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