25 May 2008

Great Photos from the Archdiocesan Priestly Ordinations

As usual, the Matthew 12:37 blog has great pictures of the event, including the one you see here.

Please keep these, and all priests, in your prayers.

As an aside, if you missed today's Mass at St. Francis de Sales for the external solemnity of Corpus Christi, you missed a sublime experience.  Fr. Houser's Mass of Thanksgiving was marked, among other things, by the performance of Mozart's Spatzenmesse by the Oratory's choir, sermon by Fr. Monshau, O.P., and a beautiful Corpus Christi procession with recent first communicants strewing flower petals in path of the Blessed Sacrament as He made His way through the city's streets.

Have a great Memorial Day.


Anonymous said...

I wasn't able to attend the Ordinations - but Mass at St. Francis de Sales was every bit as beautiful as you describe and then some!

I noticed alot of cameras flashing throughout, and it looked like someone was taking video. Do you know where we might find pictures and video?



Anonymous said...

Wow! Some really good photos! I was just commenting on how long the ordination was because Timman said he didn't think it would be any more than 2-1/2 hours at most. One of the reasons it took so long (IMO) is all the Parish Priests that were there also gave the newly ordained priests a blessing AND the sign of peace. That was fairly time consuming. I was really glad we attended, even though we couldn't SEE everything we were still there to share in all the particulars. I'm really excited to see all the newly ordained START the transformation of all our parishes. Yes, I know it will take time, but it is encouraging, at least to me :)

Let's pray for more vocations!

Anonymous said...

I have a piece regarding pictures during liturgies...


Sometimes all those flashbulbs and beeps and people walking in the aisles to get pictures can be quite distracting.

Anonymous said...

The Holy Sacrifice of the Mass should never be a "performance."

thetimman said...

Anon, what you say is true. However, I meant to say that the 'music' that was 'performed' was the Spatzenmesse, by Mozart. Sorry if the way I phrased things was confusing.

Anonymous said...

I think Mr. Geerling has brought up an
excellent discussion topic. I have
also been present at Masses where
photographers disrupt the Holy Mass
with their picture taking.

The point here is simply this: Either
we are participating in the Holy
Sacrifice of our Lord Jesus Christ, or
we are not.

Since we are, those taking pictures and
those fooling around with lenses and
straining to get that right picture
angle are, in fact, acting badly and
quite disrespectfully during Mass. I
think this is also true for picture-
taking sessions after Mass with
Confirmands and those who have been
newly wed. One isn't disrupting a
Mass at such times, but one is still
treating their Church and particularly
the Altar as something other than an
extremely holy place.

But confirmations and weddings *are*
the most important times in our lives,
so there should be pictures if at all
possible. One idea I've had in mind
is for the Church to maintain high-
quality cameras for such occasions,
and to pre-install them in appropriate
places so that everyone is photographed
well. The lighting is going to be
known to a great degree beforehand, so
there is nothing about modern picture-
aking that requires someone to be
present and actually snapping pictures,
or shooting video. This method of
pre-positioning cameras and video
cameras, and anticipating shots, can
be seen in the recent movie about the
Carthusians, 'Into Great Silence'. In
that movie, cameras were even used to
photograph the monks in their private
cells, without ever having the
photographer present with them.

So, I'm interested in hearing what
others think about this. I would
imagine that the Church that does
this could use this information to
great effect: A flyer discussing the
great efforts that the Church went to
in purchasing cameras, pre-positioning
them for you, and testing them
beforehand, would reinforce in
everyone's minds exactly what they are
really participating in when they go to
Holy Mass.



Anonymous said...

I did not mean to say that flashes were going off "non stop" throughout - I just noticed them here and there. I didn't find the flashes distracting though - I just thought to myself that there's gonna be a beautiful picture! I didn't notice anyone fumbling with cameras either. The time I thought I saw a someone with a video camera was during the recessional at the very end.

Sorry - didn't mean to start a controversy :-(