This evening here at the Cathedral of St. Paul in Birmingham, Alabama, I offered a Sung Mass (Missa Cantata) in the Extraordinary Form for the Feast of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross, offered for the intention of “healing and purification in the Church”. Well over 300 people from around the Diocese attended — many who were already familiar with the Extraordinary Form, many who were not. Both of our principal language groups were well-represented also. I was truly delighted by the turnout of lay faithful and religious. In addition, several diocesan priests and one visiting priest attended in choir.
My homily — in English and Spanish — may be read here.
Now, following the Mass, one of our diocesan priests is leading an all-night Adoration Vigil in both English and Spanish, to make reparation for the crimes and sins of the clergy.
In the morning, we will have our usual weekly Saturday morning Mass (in the Ordinary Form) at 8:30am for the Memorial of Our Lady of Sorrows. This will also be the sixth anniversary of our parish’s consecration to the Sorrowful and Immaculate Heart of Mary. The Mass will be offered for “healing of victims of sexual predation”.
Here follows a selection of photos from tonight’s event. Thanks be to God.