|A scene from the Noon Mass at the outdoor Grotto, which usually has the second-highest attendance for the day.|
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I normally go to one Mass without taking any pictures (usually the 6:30). But I did not make it there early enough so I went to the 9:30. Realizing it was Fr. Ludwig's first Assumption Day with us, I took three photos, one of which is below.
|A photo of the Eucharistic Elevation at the 9:30 a.m. Mass (Ordinary Form in Latin)|
The old chasuble (date unknown) is worn by the celebrant of each Mass for the day.
|The Noon Mass in progress|
|The Elevation at the Noon Mass|
|Kneelers are placed at stations along the brick path.|
|The statue of the Blessed Virgin Mary that will be used in the evening procession|
|In the mid-afternoon, the Eucharist is taken out to the grotto where Benediction will take place|
|Grotto's pastor, Fr. Eduard Perrone carrying the monstrance in the Eucharistic procession to the grotto|
Mass begins (Solemn High, 1962 Missal)
|After Mass was over, Fr. Perrone consecrated the parish to Mary|
The candlelight procession begins as night falls with everyone singing the Lourdes Hymn, which is printed on the candle shields. On the refrain, all lift their candles for a series of "Ave's"
After the crowd returns to the grotto area, the Blessed Virgin Mary was serenaded in a multitude of languages including Latin, Polish, Italian and German.
To see the full set of nearly 200 photos, go to my Smugmug gallery for Assumption 2011 at Assumption Grotto
Prayers at the Foot of the Altar: I am to the left of the Celebrant (middle), profoundly bowed, saying the Dominican Confiteor in Latin: “I confess to almighty God and to blessed Mary, ever virgin, and to blessed Dominic, our Father, to all the Saints and to you, Father (brethren), that I have sinned exceedingly by thought, word, deed, and omission, through my fault. I beseech you to pray for me.”
Sanctus: In this photo, I have the humeral veil. The Deacon just handed me the paten, which is resting on my veiled right hand. The left side of the veil covers the paten, while my left hand supports my right elbow since I will have to carry the paten through the Pater Noster. You will also note that the acolytes are lighting the sanctus candles.
Pater Noster: It is difficult to see in this photo, but you will notice that I have just revealed the paten during the Our Father. My arms, at this point, are jello.
Ecce Agnus Dei: Prior to this, I have just recited the Confiteor and received absolution from the priest. I am kneeling on the left, the closest to the Blessed Sacrament during the Ecce Agnus Dei. I can’t even begin to express to you the joy that comes during this moment-magnificently humbling.
Communio: When the celebrant gives Communion to the people during the Solemn Mass, I get a little break, since all I have to do is prayerfully stand on his left while the Deacon holds the paten. During the Mass, I was praying for every person that received Holy Communion.
Thank you, Pat Bucy, for the photos.