The Ordination Mass was magnificent. I can only thank God I was there. The Mass lasted about four hours, but believe it or not, I didn’t mind a bit.
The Cathedral was packed– there were between 1,100 to 1,200 people in attendance. Archbishop Burke ordained Fr. Avis and Fr. Talarico. Two other bishops were also present, Bishop Finn of Kansas City-St. Joseph, and Bishop Joseph Perry, Auxiliary Bishop of Chicago.
The Archbishop processed in with members of the Institute wearing the cappa magna. After praying in front of the Blessed Sacrament, and vesting for Mass, the main procession began.
Monsignors Wach and Schmitz, above; His Grace, below.
“Let those to be ordained come forth”, above; imposition of hands, below.
First blessing, to His Grace.
Kissing the hands of Fr. Talarico, above; Fr. Avis blesses the faithful, below.
I thank everyone who attended and all those who helped bring this day about. We are so blessed in St. Louis; hopefully better days for tradition are coming to all.
What better day than the Feast of the Sacred Heart of Jesus to experience the glory of the traditional rite of ordination?
I almost forgot! I had a sighting yesterday of that often talked of, but rarely seen, ad orientem novus ordo Mass! The daily noon Mass at the Cathedral was celebrated by Fr. Thomas Keller, a priest of the Archdiocese who is a friend to the Oratory. Well, the Ordination Mass was already set up, so the parishioners got a treat. Some looked puzzled, but it was edifying to experience. I took one picture to prove it happened.