Monday, October 15, 2012

Photos: Solemn High Pontifical Mass with Bishop Sample at Assumption Grotto

I've finished processing photos for the Solemn High Pontifical Mass yesterday with His Excellency, the Most Reverend Alexander Sample of the Diocese of Marquette in Michigan.  It is the first Pontifical Mass using the 1962 Missal at Assumption Grotto in anyone's memory.  A number of photos are shown here. You can follow links at the bottom to see more.

The Call to Holiness pictures will have to wait until tomorrow. I had to deal with a 20 hour power outage this weekend, so I'm behind.

It's always a challenge to cover a Mass without flash. Also, the white balance near the altar is not the same in other places of the sanctuary, so the color may vary from picture to picture.  With newer lighting, I'm still learning to work with it.

First, there is a story to this pillow and pall which were surprises the bishop would receive during the Mass.  In a Pontifical Mass, when the bishop kneels during the Credo at the "Et Incarnatus est...," and during the Last Gospel, the Master of Ceremonies sets it on the floor for him to kneel on.  It was during the Credo that Bishop Sample saw his coat of arms on the pillow for the first time.  It was embroidered (digital) by a parishioner, Anna Mae, who has been making vestments and other liturgical items at the parish for many years.

Anna Mae also did the embroidery on the pall, which had to be white-on-white. This too, Bishop Sample discovered during the Mass. Another parishioner, Rosi, did the crocheted border.

Bishop Sample with Bob and Anna Mae at the post-Mass dinner

On to the Mass...

Prayers at the Foot of the Altar

Rev. Eduard Perrone, pastor of Assumption Grotto, conducts the orchestra and choir.
He also composed the Mass used,  which he calls, Fountain of Beauty in honor of the Blessed Virgin Mary

We see the First Master of Ceremonies, Brother Mark Visconti, SJC over Bishop Sample's shoulder

As they processed to the corner near the pulpit to chant the Gospel, a sign of reverence was shown
to clerics in choir and...

... a sign of reverence to the Blessed Sacrament
The Gospel is chanted
The Second Master of Ceremonies, Dale Bastuba, is seen in the center of the picture.

Bishop Sample delivering a powerful homiy, which you an watch/hear at Father Z's blog

Along with the ORC priests who assist at Assumption Grotto, you may notice some familiar faces.
In the back row is Father John Zuhlsdorf (Father Z); and, in the front, is Father John Trigilio.
Father Frank Phillips, CR is in the back row with the red, but his face is hidden.
All of them spoke at the Call to Holiness Conference the day before. 

Left to right, the clerics are Rev. Charles White IV (Assistant Priest), Rev. John Bustamante (Deacon),
and Rev. Mr. Richard Bloomfield (Subdeacon)

The gremial - a cloth of the same liturgical color - is seen on the bishop's lap.

The four men wearing cassock and surplice on the right are seminarians for the Diocese of Marquette
who are at Sacred Heart Major Seminary
The Credo 
"Et Incarnatus est..."
Elevation of the Eucharist

Elevation of the Chalice

A powerful sign giving witness to the sacredness of the moment,
the Deacon and Subdeacon bow as Bishop Sample consumes Holy Communion.
... the Deacon and Subdeacon bow again as the bishop drinks the Precious Blood
"Ecce Angus Dei..."

Holy Communion begins

After Holy Communion, the Blessed Sacrament is taken back to the Altar of Repose.
I wondered why there was an Altar of Repose in the Pontifical Mass, but I realized the Bishop is sitting
with his back to the main Tabernacle which would be improper if the Blessed Sacrament were reposed there.
If someone can confirm this, or knows otherwise, feel free to chime in. 

Brother Mark Visconti, SJC holds the pillow that will be presented again, under the knees of Bishop Sample
as he goes to kneel during the Last Gospel at the words, "and the Word was made Flesh..."

Bishop Sample with all clerics, those in choir, and altar boys right after the Mass

An Italian Dinner followed in the Grotto gym with Bishop Sample and several of the speakers who were at Call to Holiness.

Bishop Sample prays before we eat
Bishop Sample visits with his seminarians who are at Sacred Heart Major Seminary

The Knights of Columbus in Michigan, State Deputy for Michigan, Michael J. Malinowski (front, right) and
Treasurer, Kenneth B. Unterbrink (back row to the right of Fr. Z) commuted for the occasion.
The group shot includes Bishop Sample and clerics who were still there at the time. 


To see more photos from this event, go to my Smugmug Gallery for the Pontifical Mass.

Father Z got some nice shots in the Sacristy, before and after, Mass.

Check back in the next day or two for conference pics.  I need to catch up with myself.  In the meanwhile, visit the Call to Holiness website to see how you can order talks from the conference in audio and video.

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