|A scene from the Noon Mass at the outdoor Grotto, which usually has the second-highest attendance for the day.|
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I normally go to one Mass without taking any pictures (usually the 6:30). But I did not make it there early enough so I went to the 9:30. Realizing it was Fr. Ludwig's first Assumption Day with us, I took three photos, one of which is below.
|A photo of the Eucharistic Elevation at the 9:30 a.m. Mass (Ordinary Form in Latin)|
The old chasuble (date unknown) is worn by the celebrant of each Mass for the day.
|The grotto immediately after the 9:30 a.m. Mass|
|The Blessed Virgin Mary statue in the grotto, with the glass protector off for the day|
The Noon Mass
|Priest and altar boys process at the start of the Noon Mass (1962 Missal)|
|The Noon Mass in progress|
|The Elevation at the Noon Mass|
|Kneelers are placed at stations along the brick path.|
|The statue of the Blessed Virgin Mary that will be used in the evening procession|
|In the mid-afternoon, the Eucharist is taken out to the grotto where Benediction will take place|
|Grotto's pastor, Fr. Eduard Perrone carrying the monstrance in the Eucharistic procession to the grotto|
|The spaghetti and meatball dinner always goes over well|
A few members of the choir rehearsing before the evening Mass
Young people are always eager to help on Assumption Day at Grotto...
|These guys are always doing something just to stay out of trouble|
|Some of these men of the altar have volunteered at multiple Masses and other devotions, and all the prep in bewteen|
|Some young people help by providing smiles|
The evening Mass begins with the procession in...
Mass begins (Solemn High, 1962 Missal)
|The sound had to be managed by someone|
|Fr. Perrone during his homily|
|After Mass was over, Fr. Perrone consecrated the parish to Mary|
The candlelight procession begins as night falls with everyone singing the Lourdes Hymn, which is printed on the candle shields. On the refrain, all lift their candles for a series of "Ave's"
After the crowd returns to the grotto area, the Blessed Virgin Mary was serenaded in a multitude of languages including Latin, Polish, Italian and German.
To see the full set of nearly 200 photos, go to my Smugmug gallery for Assumption 2011 at Assumption Grotto
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