Monday, 5 April 2010
Getting it rite II
An unexpected highlight of the Triduum came not from the exhausting, though highly rewarding, round of services but from a perusal of the Internet after checking emails.
The photograph above is from a celebration of the authentic Roman rite for Good Friday in 1959 and shows Pope John XXIII venerating the Cross as it lies on a veil, upon a cushion, on the altar steps. Carlos Antonio Palad has written a characteristically interesting post on the Rorate Caeli blog describing how John XXIII celebrated the traditional rite for Good Friday in 1959, three years after it was supressed. Of course there were a significant number of other clergy who quietly ignored the novelties emanating from Rome at the time but for the pope to celebrate thus just a few months after his predecessor's death...
Back to these shores and some photographs, below, of another, almost, traditional celebration from the church of St. Magnus the Martyr, London via the Ex Fide blog.
The Cross laid out for veneration (c.f. with above). From earlier in the same service a photograph of a set of newly-made black planetis plicatis.
(Note that the single altar cloth should have been folded longitudinally so that it only covered the back of the mensa at that point in the service, but an excellent effort nonetheless.)
I may be wrong but I believe the last time black folded chasubles were used in this Realm was by the SSPX, in the days when they used the traditional rite, back in 1983 at their, then, newly acquired chapel in North London. The MC of that celebration later recounted to Rubricarius an amusing anecdote. The late Fr. Michael Crowdy was one of the sacred ministers. At the vesting press he paused in some astonishment on seeing the black folded chasuble laid out before him. Eventually he stammered "At the Oratory [Fr. Crowdy was a member of the Congregation of the London Oratory] we had a set of folded chasubles that were most singular in their ornamentation yet I see an almost identical vestment before me." After more of the same the celebrant, not known for his patience, snapped "For Heaven's sake! They are from the Oratory. Now put it on.."