HE PAST FEW WEEKS was the peak of the Catholic liturgical year and I am sure that it was also the time of the year with the heaviest “workload” for church musicians and clergy. It was a pretty busy few weeks for me, but also a very fruitful time.
On Passion Sunday, the Tridentine Liturgy Community in Hong Kong was visited by a priest and a deacon from the Priestly Fraternity of St. Peter. I was asked to serve as the subdeacon for the Solemn High Mass. Upon the request of our guests, we wore the folded-chasubles and broad stole for the Mass. Here are a few pictures of the Mass:
Photos: Michael Chan
T WASN’T my first time serving as a subdeacon (the last time I did it was two years ago), but it was a trembling experience. The sacred ministers of the Traditional Latin Mass have to attend to many details of the liturgy; and these rich symbols really create a sense of sacredness, beauty and mystery. The most touching moment was definitely during the elevation. As I look up to the elevated host from the foot of the altar, it really felt like I was gazing upon our crucified Lord on Calvary.
N EASTER SUNDAY, His Eminence Joseph Cardinal Zen was invited to celebrate the Mass for the community. Fr. Lanfranco Fedrigotti, SDB, the rector of the Salesian China Province of Mary Help of Christians who also celebrated Masses in the Extraordinary Form for us during the Sacred Triduum, assisted as the deacon. I was, once again, blessed to be invited to serve as the subdeacon for the Pontifical Mass at the faldstool. To be able to assist in the liturgy next to two holy priests was an unforgettable and joyful experience. Here are a few shots from the Pontifical Mass!
Photos: Shirlis Oong and Carl Perito