I think Philadelphia was one of the dioceses that somehow remained relatively traditional after the council, at least till the end of the 80’s when things fell apart. Fiddle backs, decently vested altars,lace, even communion at the rail were still common throughout the city for a long while.
Part of that was the late Cardinal Krol, who, though I have nothing positive to say of him as a person or archbishop, he did keep things strictly in rein. It was because of him that that cathedral never had it’s altar rail removed, and that the original high altar continued in use up until the days of the current archbishop (who, sadly, has discontinued that and ordered a roll-away table be put in the choir, with much opposition from the cathedral rector and the office of worship.)
Given as they are to dissolute living, Ritualists are notoriously frivolous. Fixated upon the externals of worship, the Ritualist lacks the powers of concentration and introspection required to discuss serious subjects with an appropriately sober and solemn disposition. Instead, his…
S. Silas the Martyr, Kentish Town is probably the highest of all churches today being firmly set in the Anglo-Papalist camp of Anglicanism. However unlike the previous churches I have shown it does not have an illustrious history that has sustained it - most of its current execellence is due to the current rector Fr. Graeme Rowlands who has built was is the equivalent of a modern day slum parish (although the surrounding area is not a slum it is not the best part of town) where people find God through the wonder, mystery and majesty of the Catholic faith.
The Liturgy of S. Silas’ is much more to my taste being modern Roman Catholic except for a Tridentine Latin Mass which is offered on Saturdays.
The Pictures above show a small selection of the renowned collection of pious objects that litter St. Silas and I think the concentration of Statues of Post-Reformation saints definitely shows where Fr. Rowlands’ allegiance lies.
P.S on a final note I think they have just the right amount of candles on their High Altar (Percy Dearmer eat your heart out)
Feast of the Most Precious Blood, St. Paul’s Church in Philadelphia
John XXIII at the Basilica of St. Paul Outside the Walls (1959)
Shrine of the Most Blessed Sacrament
Corpus Christi at Lourdes (11:30 choral mass):
Entrance: Hail True Victim, Life and Light (Gaudeamus Pariter)
Mass: Community (Proulx)
Offertory: Proper introit
O Sacrum Convivium, Edward D’Evry
Communion: Proper antiphon
Panis Angelicus, att. Palestrina
Jesus, My Lord, My God, My All (Sweet Sacrament)
Hymn at the end of mass: Don’t know, in past years, Alleluia, Sing to Jesus (Hyfrydol)
A monstrance is an ingenious device used in the service of Benediction (solemn or otherwise). It is usually constructed of gold, bismuth or another precious metal, and consists of an ornate base to which is affixed an ornate superstructure. Typically, it is covered with sharp and…
Sacristy of the Cathedral of St Mary, Mother Of God, Rieti, Italy