Gentle Readers... it was a smaller turnout than normal at St. Ann's tonight for the planned High Mass for the Feast of the Exaltation of the Cross; however, the congregation that assisted tonight was treated to wonderful surprise... as the bells rang and the organ played, the procession began and then entered one... then two... then three clerics!! It was a Solemn High Mass tonight, and it was just beautiful!!
Father Kauth was there as expected, but so was Father Barone, who was just ordained this year had had his First Mass of Thanksgiving as a Solemn High Mass at St. Ann's this past summer.
How wonderful for this surprise to occur today, on Sept. 14, the 5th Anniversary of the implementation of the Motu Proprio Summorum Pontificum of Benedict XVI (Long many he reign!). Only 5 years ago there were almost no Masses in the Extraordinary form... 3 years ago were happy just to have a Low Mass... and now... a surprise Solemn High Mass with 3 local priests!
The blessings and graces just gushed from this Mass tonight... from the Holy Sacrifice itself, with a relic of the True Cross on the Altar and just beautiful music from the loft. In the immortal words of Fr. Z... "brick by brick"!
Update: Here is an excellent video interview with the Charlotte Latin Mass Society that assisted at the Missa Solemnis.
Please pray for Fr. Kauth, Fr. Barone, Fr. Reid, St. Ann's Altarboys and Schola cantorum.
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