05 October 2007

Ad limina...

Chapel of the Most Holy Sacrament
Basilica of St. Peter, Vatican City

A week ago we were in St. Peter’s Basilica to celebrate the Holy Mass with Archbishop Amato, Secretary to the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith. The setting was, of course, magnificent. We were privileged to celebrate in the Chapel of the Most Blessed Sacrament. The Mass was in Latin, according to the Missal of Paul VI. Our choir was incredible, singing the Missa L’Hora Passa by Ludovico Grossi da Viadana (c.1560-1627). Additionally, they sang two motets, Exsultate Justi (also by Viadana) and Sicut Cervus by Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina (c.1525-1594). The archbishop especially thanked them for the exquisite singing, and afterwards in the sacristy he asked me more about our school.

To have celebrated Mass at the very heart of the Catholic Church was an experience that will be long remembered by our pilgrims.