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Cynthia Ostrowski holds a bachelor's degree in Geographic Information Science and a minor in Computer Science from Texas A&M University Corpus Christi (2005). She is currently a stay-at-home mother of two children. A former GIS analyst, Cynthia's interests include photography, french horn, and singing polyphony.
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“In all this mediaeval religious poetry there is much that we could not use now. Many of the hymns are quite bad, many are frigid compositions containing futile tricks, puns, misinterpreted quotations of Scripture, and twisted concepts, whose only point is their twist. But there is an amazing amount of beautiful poetry that we could still use. If we are to have vernacular hymns at all, why do we not have translations of the old ones?”
— Fr. Adrian Fortescue (d. 1923)

Latin Mass In The Pantheon (Rome)
published 20 December 2012 by Cynthia Ostrowski

NE OF THE MOST IMPRESSIVE places we visited in Rome was the Pantheon. It was much larger and more beautiful than we would have expected. Many people might not realize the Pantheon has been a Catholic Church since the 7th Century (“St. Mary and the Martyrs”). Recently, a Solemn Mass in the Extraordinary Form was celebrated there by Don Riccardo Petroni, a priest of the diocese of Rome.

Here’s a 2009 photograph [pdf], taken as I first entered the Pantheon.