Mass aboard US Navy ship, 1945


#1

I just came across some amazing footage I wanted to share of Mass being offered on a US Navy ship off the coast of Japan on February 12, 1945. The video almost looks like it could have been shot yesterday.

youtube.com/watch?v=r8SwNRCqeJs


#2

Wow! That’s awesome.


#3

I almost got seasick watching it! A lot of swaying back and forth. And that sailor in the short shorts wasn’t quite dressed appropriately for Mass, but I’m sure there was a war-time exception. My grandfather was in the Navy during World War II, a Machinist’s Mate on several ships. He was Lutheran though, so he would not have been at Mass, but thanks for posting all the same!


#4

I was wondering as I watched if the above comment would come up…WOW, That was QUICK!

I am just pleased in the heart of 2 things -

  1. Mass was occurring (not sure if it would be allowed these days)
  2. So many were in attendance (again…probably not the case today)

#5

not to take the focus off the OP and the wonderful video’ but “i” was the catholic LEM on board a US Navy cruiser; sole source of a catholic service

we had “fair” attendance at the “mass” i did


#6

Nice find of a wartime Mass.


#7

I believe that this was filmed for a movie.


#8

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