Reflecting on 21 Centuries of Faith

Beauty Frozen in Time

Beauty was unveiled once again yesterday at the Basilica of the Shrine of the Immaculate Conception with the Pontifical Liturgy of the extraordinary form of the Roman Rite.  Below is the link to hear Bishop Slattery’s  homily in a podcast:

Bishop Slattery’s Homily

Additionally, Jeff Stevens of Northern Virginia was gracious enough to share his pictures with us.  Here are a few:

Archbishop Slattery arriving

Notice the cappa magna (literally, “great cape”) or train that Archbishop Slattery wears as processes toward the sanctuary.  The Cappa Magna is a voluminous ecclesiastical garment with a long train, proper to cardinals, bishops, and certain other honorary prelates. It is not mandatory but is certainly not seen very much anymore. Sometimes it is seen used in the Ceremonial of Bishops. Cardinals wear scarlet and purple for bishops.  This vestment is found in use during the first 1000 years.  The train has varied in length over over the past millennium.

Archbishop Slattery Arriving in the Sanctuary


Singing of the Epistle

Incensing the Book of the Gospels

More to come…

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