I believe it was a beatiful celebration of the liturgy, the music, homily and the participation of the faithful.
I can’t see such a mass being celebrated in my parish very often, as it requires a great deal of planning and many hands. In our parish we have seven masses every SundaY. But I also believe that this is the ideal and that slowly you work toward the ideal. You can’t get there over night.
Besides the liturgy, I was also very impressed by the integration between the traditional and the new. I saw Sisters and Nuns in tradtional habits, modified habits, and no habit. What was beautiful to me was that they are all part of the same Body of Christ, celebrating the same Eucharistic sacrifice with the clergy.
Some people may point out why Mother Seton’s Sister’s of Charity were allowed to read one of the readings or one of the prayers of the faithful, without a veil, not knowing that Mother Seton never wore one.
This is what makes the Eucharist such a beautiful mystery, that it brings together every man and woman into communion with Christ and the Church without judgement.
I believe this mass at St. Patricks brough together people who have given their lives to God in many different ways without judgement. On the contrary, the Holy Father’s sermon emphasized how they are such a vital part of the Church with their individual charisms and ministries.
The mass did was it was meant to do at many levels.