In a landscape of mostly dismal aspect, I am happy to report a most welcome event. Yesterday, in Kirksville, MO (home of Truman State University), the local parish of Mary Immaculate hosted a Solemn High Mass celebrated by a priest of the Priestly Fraternity of St. Peter.
The low temperature in Kirksville yesterday was a windy and bitterly cold -4 degrees F. The church, though in a traditional architectural style, has a denuded sanctuary typical of the post conciliar period. There was little publicity outside of email and word of mouth. And there had not been a canonically recognized Traditional Latin Mass in that town for at least 43 years.
So of course, the place was packed.
An intrepid reporter with the University newspaper The Index sent me the following brief update after Mass was over, and took all of the photos in this post:
EF in the 660
The place was packed tonight. Standing room in the back, and the choir loft was filled. We saw lots of young people, families, and I spotted a few teenagers sporting chapel veils. People braved negative wind chills and came from all over - Kirksville, Hannibal, Quincy, Ill., and even a few people from St. Louis. There was a reception afterwards that most people attended as well. Overall: amazing turnout, extraordinary Mass (see what I did there? eh? no? ok then.) Score one for the Motu Proprio.
Yes, score one for the Motu Proprio. It is this kind of event that gives one hope for a true, New Springtime. The victory of the Mass-- the victory of Our Lord-- is inevitable.
This sign of hope is most welcome.