Newly-ordained priest Father Eric Kunz celebrated Solemn High Mass and Benediction, and Fr. Houser and a seminarian and clergy contingent from the Archdiocese were there to assist. Fr. Lenhardt was Fr. Kunz’ Assistant for the Mass. Several Carmelite Sisters of the Divine Heart of Jesus were there, too– an order that mostly assists at the Ordinary Form but who have their own monthly Mass in the Extraordinary Form and who will host Solemn High Mass on June 6 at 9 am. The Church was also pretty full considering it was a weeknight Mass on a non-holy day of obligation.
In short, I was taken by the wonderful unity, mutual support and cooperation among all of the groups mentioned. In my post earlier this week about the Church’s wonderful shepherds (that seemed to amuse Mick, for some reason), I was motivated by things such as this. This is one of the fruits of the leadership of our Archbishop. He took the lead among other bishops in generously applying the motu proprio Ecclesia Dei adflicta; he has taken immediate, pastoral and strong measures to ensure the full implementation of the motu proprio Summorum Pontificum in the Archdiocese.
This type of Mass, this type of harmony between those of the Latin Rite who attend each lawfully approved Form of Mass, between lay and clergy, secular and religious, must be pleasing to Him Whose Heart was honored last night. I thank God for it.
Please continue your prayers for the Archbishop, for the priests of the Archdiocese, for the Institute of Christ the King, Sovereign Priest, and for all priests everywhere.