00 10/18/2009 10:11 PM

A historic occasion, reported with understandable joy by all the blogs that support Summorum Pontificum.

Archbishop Burke says first
traditional Pontifical High Mass
at St. Peter's in 40 years

adapted from various posts on

As part of the Summorum Pontificum conference taking place in Rome and organized by Giovani e Tradizione, Archbishop Raymond Burke, Prefect of the Apostolic Signatura, celebrated a Solemn Pontifical Mass at the altar of the chapel of the Blessed Sacrament in St. Peter's Basilica this morning.

It was the first time the traditional Mass was said in St. Peter's Basilica since Paul VI's liturgical reform took effect in 1970. the Mass was authorized by Cardinal Angelo Comastri, Arch-Priest of St. Peter's Basilica.

[The Mass was actually the conclusion of the SP conference. See program below.]

Here are some pictures made available by messainlatino.it:

Some background on the Summorum Pontificum conference presented by two Rome-based organizations:

Giovani e Tradizione is a youth group whose objectives are to promote the spiritual life of young Christians and the traditional Catholic faith.

The Amicizia Sacerdotale is a sodality of priests, religious and seminarians in support of the Holy Father for the renewal of the traditional Latin rites. It was constituted in September 2008 after the first Giovani e Tradizione conference held on the occasion of the first aniversary of the enforcement of Summorum Pontificum.

A look at the program of this year's pre-conference gices us an idea of the scope of their interest.

of the “Amicizia sacerdotale Summorum Pontificum”
Priests Day – 2009-2010 Sacerdotal Year
(only for priests, deacons, religious, seminarians)
Friday, October 16th, 2009

4:00 pm: Welcome
4:15 pm: Veni Creator hymn
Introduction: “The sacerdotal/liturgical year desired by the Holy Father:
A gift for priests and the Church”

Father Vincenzo M. Nuara, O.P.
4:30 pm: Spiritual Conference:
“Christ, the priest’s ideal”
Mons. Athanasius Schneider, C.R.S.C.
5:30 pm: break
6:00 pm: Discussion
7:00 pm: Eucharistic Adoration- Vespers - Benediction
8:00 pm: Dinner
9:00 pm: Holy Rosary
9:30 pm: “Amicizia Sacerdotale Summorum Pontificum” Encounter –
Father Vincenzo M. Nuara, O.P. and Don Camillo Magarotto
10:30 pm: Compline

Saturday, October 17th, 2009

8:00 am: Holy Mass
Celebrant: H.E. Mons. Athanasius Schneider, C.R.S.C.
(Franciscans of the Immacolata Choir)

9:00 am: Welcome and Registration
9:30 am: Veni Creator hymn

Father Vincenzo M. Nuara, O.P.
Founder of the “Amicizia Sacerdotale Summorum Pontificum”

10:00 am: 1st Lecture:
“The sacredness and beauty of the Liturgy in the Holy Fathers”
– H.E. Mons. Athanasius Schneider, C.R.S.C.
Auxiliary Bishop of Karaganda

11:00 am: 2nd Lecture:
“Catholicity and Roman tradition of the Church at present”
– Prof. Roberto de Mattei
Professor of Church History and Christianity
European University of Rome

11:30 am 1st Communication:
“Sacred art in the service of Catholic liturgy”
– Dom Michael John Zielinski, O.S.B. Oliv., Abbot
Vice President, Pontifical Commission for the Cultural Heritage of the Church
and Pontifical Commission for Sacred Archeology

12:00 pm: Angelus

12:15 pm: 2nd Communication:
"Sacred music in the service of the Catholic Liturgy”
– Mons. Valentino Miserachs Grau
Provost, Pontifical Institute of Sacred Music

Lunch Break

3:30 pm: Holy Rosary

4:00 pm: 3rd Lecture:
“The Motu proprio Summorum Pontificum for the growth of religious life”
– M.R.P. Stefano M. Manelli, F.I.
Founder and General Minister
Franciscans of the Immacolata

5:00 pm: 4th Lecture:
“The Motu proprio Summorum Pontificum the hermeneutics of continuity”
– Mons. Prof. Brunero Gherardini
Eemeritus Professor of Ecclesiology and
Emeritus Dean, Faculty of Theology,Lateran Pontifical University Vatican Canon

6:30 pm: Conclusions

7:00 pm: Te Deum hymn and Eucharistic Blessing
Celebrant: Mons. Camille Perl
Vatican Canon and
Vice-President emeritus of Ecclesia Dei Pontifical Commission
(Franciscans of the Immacolata Choir)

Dinner break

9:30 pm: “Giovani e Tradizione” get together
Angelo Pulvirenti – Coordinator

Sunday, October 18th, 2009

10:00 am: Papal Basilica of St. Peter, Eucharistic Adoration Chapel
Pontifical Mass in the traditional Roman rite
celebrated by H. E. Mons. Raymond Leo Burke
Archbishop and Prefect of the Apostolic Signatura
(Franciscans of the Immacolata Choir)

12:00 pm: Angelus with the Holy Father in St. Peter Square

And still I ask, as I am sure everyone else wonders, what will it take for the Holy Father himself to say the traditional Mass in public? My only disappointment in him so far is that he has not done so more than two years after he issued the Motu Proprio. I am positive he has an excellent reason, but one that I cannot even begin to guess!

It would have to do with the right occasion, but we are into the third year of the liberalized Mass, and soon it will be time for the first worldwide review of its implementation, which he asked for after three years.

Would that be the occasion, when he can say "You've all had three years to get used to it. Now, get used to it at some papal celebrations as well"?


posts a correction today:

... As Prof. Luc Perrin recalled today at Le Forum Catholique, this has not been the first Traditional Mass celebrated in that august Basilica in 40 years.

The catacomb-like Hungarian Chapel (crypt) housed celebrations of low Masses under the motu proprio Ecclesia Dei. And a Mass was celebrated by Bishop Pascal N'koué, Bishop of Natitingou (Benin) in November 2006, in the extremely tense and difficult months which preceded the publication of Summorum. That celebration, promoted by C&L, took place in the Chapel of the Choir, which is located opposite to the Chapel of the Blessed Sacrament, where Archbishop Burke said Mass on Sunday... but it was (the first) full Pontifical Mass, with faldstool and all" celebrated in St. Peter's after 1969.

New Catholic who posted the above, goes on to say:

Yet one must remember the fact that Summorum has been in force for two years. Pontifical Masses should be common and permanent features in the Vatican Basilica by now - the Extraordinary Form should not remain an extraordinary event at Saint Peter's.

Two more pictures from Archbishop Burke's Mass:
The vestments used were from the Vatican Sacristy's treasury.

[Edited by TERESA BENEDETTA 2/10/2010 12:30 AM]