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"Since such is the nature of man that he cannot easily without external means be raised to meditation on divine things, on that account holy Mother Church has instituted certain rites, namely that certain things be pronounced in a subdued tone (canon and words of consecration) and others in a louder tone; she has likewise made use of ceremonies such as mystical blessings, lights, incense, vestments, and many other things of this kind in accordance with apostolic teaching and tradition, whereby both the majesty of so great a sacrifice might be commended, and the minds of the faithful excited by these visible signs of religion and piety to the contemplation of the most sublime matters which are hidden in this sacrifice."
— Council of Trent (Session XXII)

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Do My Eyes Deceive Me?
published 30 June 2016 by Lucas Tappan

389 popes ESTERDAY I THOUGHT ABOUT and prayed a lot for our Pope Emeritus, Benedict XVI, on the 65th anniversary of his ordination to the Holy Priesthood. I was especially pleased to see that Pope Francis invited him to the Sala Clementini for a special commemoration the day before, at which time our former Holy Father was treated to wonderful choral music sung by the Sistine Chapel Choir (which has improved in the last couple of years beyond all belief).

However, I couldn’t believe my eyes as I watched Msgr. Palombella directing from what looked like some kind of an iPad or tablet. I have often told my choir members that before I die they will more than likely be singing from music displayed on some form of a tablet (which would make passing out and collecting music so much easier), but I did not think I would see the Capella Sistina blazing the trail!