I know the "expert liturgists" who publicly deride the liturgical reforms of Pope Benedict XVI would cringe at seeing these wonderful photos of the Installation of the Altar Servers at the Cathedral Shrine of the Good Shepherd of the Diocese of Novaliches.
They would be the ones screaming, I suppose, not me.
I LOVE BLACK CASSOCK!
In fact, I would love to see our priests wearing black cassocks with fringed fascia! Haha!
The Mass was held during Gaudete Sunday and the Ordinary, the Most Rev. Antonio Tobias, DD offered the Holy Sacrifice and installed the new altar servers and received their commitment of service. I am beginning to be a liturgical fan of the good bishop. Remember that he is the first sitting bishop to celebrate a Solemn Pontifical High Mass after the issuance of Summorum Pontificum!
Take note that ALL Altar Servers are wearing BLACK! Huzzah!!!
Here are some wonderful photos of the Mass.
The entrance procession.
Look! Real candles, not kerosene lamps disguised as candles! HA!
Some of the new altar servers before the formal investiture
Bishop Tobias showing a curt smile while blessing the surplices of the newly installed altar servers.
A view of the Benedictine altar arrangement.
It has 7 candles. The two are standing at the sides of the altar.
The crucifix is in the reredos.
The altar servers, now vested, making their pledge.
I wonder if they were installed as acolytes as well.
I know liturgists who would and hate black cassocks for altar servers. For whatever reason they hate black cassocks, I bet you a dollar and a dime who these liturgists are. Two letters, A and G. And their fans in surrounding dioceses in the NCR.
Two many letters eh?