As we are five days out from the installation of our new Archbishop, I thought it might be timely to post some pertinent info.
First, from the St. Louis Review, a Q & A, [with just a few observations of mine]:
What events are open to the public?
The Evening Prayer [Vespers] service, to be held at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, June 9, and the installation, 2 p.m. Wednesday, June 10, are open to the public. The procession before the installation Mass will begin at 1:30 p.m. Both events will be held at the Cathedral Basilica of St. Louis, Lindell Boulevard and Newstead Avenue in the Central West End.
In addition, a reception will follow both events at Rosati-Kain High School, located next door. The receptions also are open to the public. There is no cost to attend.
How long will the events last?
The Evening Prayer service is expected to last about 90 minutes. Archbishop-elect Carlson will deliver a homily that evening. The installation will last about three-and-a-half hours, including the procession at the beginning of the Mass.
What should I wear?
The installation is a formal event, and individuals should dress in an appropriate and modest fashion.
If I can’t go, where can I go to watch/listen to the events?
Several TV stations will carry coverage of the installation. The Eternal Word Television Network (EWTN) will air the installation at 2 p.m. June 10, with repeat coverage at 11 p.m. Thursday, June 11. EWTN is on channel 370 for Direct TV subscribers. Cable market stations will vary. Catholic TV will air coverage of the installation at 2 p.m. and again at 7 p.m. June 10. The station is on Sky Angel channel 142 (on demand).
Local Catholic radio stations WRYT (1080AM) and KHOJ (1460AM) also will have live coverage of the Installation.
What kind of online coverage will there be?
The Archdiocese of St. Louis will have a live video stream of both the Evening Prayer service and installation at its website, at archstl.org/installation. Photos and stories also will be posted at the Review’s website, stlouisreview.com/installation, throughout the week.
Will I actually get to meet Archbishop-elect Carlson at the reception?
Every person who attends either of the receptions at Rosati-Kain will have the opportunity to briefly greet the archbishop at the entrance to the school.
How do I address the archbishop?
“Archbishop Carlson” is an appropriate way to address him. Those who prefer a more formal approach may say “Your Grace” or “Your Excellency.” Any of those options, however, are equally appropriate. [see comment immediately below]
Should I kiss his ring?
The pious custom of kissing an archbishop’s ring is an acceptable practice. However, a simple handshake is an equally acceptable way of greeting him.
[Regarding addressing the Archbishop and kissing his ring– Equally appropriate? That’s certainly one opinion. Here is an excerpt on addressing/greeting an Archbishop from the Fisheaters site: Stand when he enters the room and remain standing until he invites you to sit. Men must remove their hats in his presence. When it is your own Archbishop, kneel on your left knee and kiss ring as sign of respect for his office. If kneeling would be awkward or impossible, or if he is not your own Archbishop, bow at the waist and kiss his ring. Repeat reverential gestures when leaving his presence.]