Extraordinary form Mass at high altar of St. Peter’s Basilica
CWN - May 16, 2011
For the first time in over four decades, a solemn Pontifical Mass in the extraordinary form of the Roman Rite has been offered at the Altar of the Chair of St. Peter’s Basilica. Cardinal Walter Brandmüller, who served as President of the Pontifical Committee for Historical Sciences from 1998 to 2009, was the celebrant at the May 15 Mass, taking the place of Cardinal Antonio Cañizares Llovera, who had been scheduled to attend.
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Posted by: Obregon -
May. 17, 2011 2:04 AM ET USA
I never thought I would see the day when the holy Mass according to the Extraordinary Rite would be celebrated at St. Peter's Basilica after so many years of oblivium.
Posted by: parochus -
May. 16, 2011 8:06 PM ET USA
There is no "high altar" in St. Peter's Basilica in the sense that most people understand. In fact, the Clementine Altar under the Baldacchino allows the Holy Father to celebrate Mass "ad orientem" since it's facing east.