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Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Pontifical Mass, Oct. 5, 2011

There are some very nice photos from the Pontifical Mass which was celebrated on Oct. 5, 2011, the feast of Sts. Maurice & Companions, Martyrs, during the Western Rites Conference in Wappinger Falls, New York. The Conference, in which clergy of the Russian Orthodox Church, Antiochian Orthodox Church, and Carpatho-Russian Diocese participated, included a Pontifical Mass in the Tridentine Use of the Roman Rite, an Anglican Liturgy, and a Gallican Liturgy.

Here is a picture from the Pontifical Mass in the Roman Rite:

More pictures here.

Travelogue here.

A DVD from the Conference is in preparation and will be offered for about $10 after video-editing is complete.

After the opening address by Metropolitan Hilarion, primate of the Russian Orthodox Church Outside Russia, there were workshops and presentations regarding the Roman Rite; Phyletism; Growing a Parish; Monastic Life in the Russian Western Rite Vicariate, and its history; etc. There were discussion sessions. Above all, every day began with the celebration of the Liturgy or Mass, and was punctuated by the little Hours (sung at their proper times throughout the day), Vespers, and Compline. There was a movie showing, a women's meeting, and excellent meals in the refectory, including Lenten meals on Wednesday and Friday.

This was an historic event, and its high level of success is due very largely to the Force of Nature also known as Fr. Anthony Bondi, Pastoral Vicar to the Metropolitan for Western Rite.


Anonymous said...

Beautiful photos, Father! Thanks for the links and updates--any other info on who to go to about the expected future DVDs?

Fr. Aidan said...

I don't know much of anything about the DVDs. Fr. Anthony Bondi will know more.

Matthew M said...

What do the Carpatho-Russians have to do with the Western Rite? Have they started one?

Fr. Aidan said...

To my knowledge, the relation is one of interest in what the ROCOR is doing with Western Rite. I do not think that a Western Rite has been approved in the Carpatho-Russian Diocese.

Anonymous said...

Are those female clergy in the Orthodox Church? Confused, and curious.

Fr. Aidan said...

Nothing in the picture resembles female clergy, so I agree that you must be very confused, if not experiencing problems of the psyche or mind, or perhaps just visual problems. God grant you swift healing in His kindness.