By JAMES MONTI
Day Four of Sacra Liturgia USA 2015 (Thursday, June 4) in New York City brought to the podium five more distinguished speakers of the liturgical renewal movement and climaxed in a magnificent Solemn Mass and eucharistic procession through the streets of Manhattan that drew the four-day conference to a highly uplifting conclusion.
The exquisite liturgical order and precision of these rites were wrought by hours of preparation and planning on the part of Sacra Liturgia founder Dom Alcuin Reid, a consummate master of ceremonies as well as one of the world’s pre-eminent liturgical scholars.
But before turning to the events of Day Four, two more addresses from Day Three (June 3) deserve particular attention.
In a presentation on the liturgical formation of priests, Fr. Kurt Belsole, OSB, director of Liturgical Formation at the Pontifical North American College in Rome, related a moving anecdote regarding a ceremony that he had supervised at St. Peter’s Basilica for the Ordination of transitional deacons (deacons who are to be ordained priests).
He told of an elderly layman at the rite who afterward said of what he had witnessed, “The veil was lifted…and my faith was renewed, and the atmosphere was heavy with the supernatural.” … Continue Reading