|Cardinal Zuppi processes into the Pantheon for Vespers|
The Summorum Pontificum Pilgrimage 'ad Petri Sedem' (to the seat of Peter) took place as usual this year, and with the personal permission of Pope Francies, Cardinal Matteo Zuppi, Archbishop of
Bologna and President of the Italian Bishops’ Conference, officiated at the
traditional Vespers in the Pantheon which began the Pilgrimage, and Monsignor Marco Agostini, one of the Pope’s Masters of
Ceremonies, celebrated High Mass in the Chapel of the Throne in St Peter’s.
|Fr Claude Barthe, Chaplain of the Pilgrimage, about to lead the procession to St Peter's.|
|Mgr Agostini (right), about to celebrate Mass in the Chapel of the Throne.|
Mass in St Peter’s was said to have been
attended by 1,000 people, including 200 clergy in choir. That is to say, we
filled the Chapel of the Throne to capacity: on the Epistle side the chairs
stretched back continuously to the baldachino; on the gospel side space had to
be left for the procession. Similarly, in contrast to past years, we are now
largely filling the Pantheon for Vespers (620 people seated, rising to 1,000 if
you include the people passing through the place during the service), and a
large crowd had to wait in the road during Adoration at Santi Celso e Giuliano,
which was completely full.
The Pilgrimage concluded with High Mass on Sunday at Sanctissima Trinita, the church of the Fraternity of St Peter, which was fuller than I have ever seen it.
The Federation was represented by the President, Treasurer, and several Councillors who attended these events.
|Mgr Patrick Descourtiaux celebrating Mass in Sta Trinita|
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