Tuesday, January 2, 2007

Archbishop Burke in Detroit: Photo Post 3

The throne in Assumption Grotto's Sanctuary, which is turned sideways, is one of several small factors making Assumption Grotto's Mass more conducive to the contemplative dimension of the Mass. The priest and the people are not making eye-contact during those parts in which he too is seated.


Returning to the Mass which kicked-off the day with Archbishop Raymond L. Burke at Assumption Grotto as head of the Marian Catechists in a day of remembrance for Fr. John A. Hardon, SJ.

From Chapter 1 of Turning to the Lord by U.M. Lang (source: Adoremus)

Inter Oecumenici permits the Mass facing the people, but it does not prescribe it. As Louis Bouyer emphasized in 1967, that document does not at all suggest that Mass facing the people is always the preferable form of Eucharistic celebration.6


The rubrics of the renewed Missale Romanum of Pope Paul VI presuppose a common direction of priest and people for the core of the Eucharistic liturgy. This is indicated by the instruction that, at the Orate, fratres, the Pax Domini, the Ecce, Agnus Dei, and the Ritus conclusionis, the priest should turn towards the people.7 This would seem to imply that beforehand priest and people were facing the same direction, that is, towards the altar. At the priest's communion the rubrics say "ad altare versus",8 which would be redundant if the celebrant stood behind the altar facing the people anyway. This reading is confirmed by the directives of the General Instruction, even if they are occasionally at variance with the Ordo Missae.9 The third Editio typica of the renewed Missale Romanum, approved by Pope John Paul II on 10 April 2000 and published in spring 2002, retains these rubrics.10

The Deacon takes the thurible and incenses the Archbishop

Archbishop Burke in the washing of his hands.

Orate Fratres....

Msgr Henry Breier, who accompanied Archbishop Burke, just before handing off the zucchetto (don't call it a beanie!!!)

In the photo below, an altar boy cradles the zucchetto of an apostolic successor during holy Mass - a special moment for one of Grotto's young men. I apologize for not knowing more about that which is draped over his shoulders and extends down to his hands. The Archbishop's mitre is below the zucchetto. I'm sure one of my many readers can give me the name of this in the comment box, and explain it a little more for the rest of us. It is apparent that these things are considered sacred, otherwise, they would not be held so reverently. I don't know if this is common everywhere, but I have only seen this when a bishop celebrates a Mass at Assumption Grotto. If it happened at any of my previous parishes, I simply don't recall - then again, it was during the more indifferent phase of my Catholic life.


More photo posts from Archbishop Burke's visit.

5 comments:

Anonymous said...

Very beautiful! The pictures scream Holy Holy Holy!

Chris T. said...

The server is wearing a vimpa, which is related to the humeral veil worn by priests when holding a monstrance. It's used to touch anything that doesn't properly belong to one's own order of ministry. In this case, since the zucchetto and mitre are proper to the episcopate, lay servers must handle it using the vimpa.

Az said...

The vimpae have nothing to do with the sacredness of the object, nor anything to do with the orders of ministry etc. (When the MC or deacon handle the mitre they are not required to wear a vimpa).

They are simply used to stop sweat and dirt from getting onto the mitre or crozier when they are held (for long periods of time) by the mitre and crozier bearers. When the mitre and crozier bearers wear copes, vimpae are not used, but the end of the cotta/surplice in its stead (see the old Caeremoniale Episcoporum for the proper rubrics). The vimpa is not required for handling for the scull cap (a liturgical pedant may say it is incorrect to hold a mitre flat, with the scull cap on top, but it's far more dignified than to leave the cap on the bishop's chair - as though he had vapourised!).

Diane said...

Interesting discussion. Thanks.

If there are references out there it would be nice to have them linked here.

Diane said...

Fr. Perrone confirmed it as the "Vimpa" that is seen on the altar boy. He too acknowledges that it is typically used for holding the crozier, but as AZ said - but it's far more dignified than to leave the cap on the bishop's chair - as though he had vapourised!

Cute!