Friday, January 02, 2009
From the Swiss Alps (Ticino Canton)...
Magnificent craftsmanship: see the grapes, wheat and flowers.
This is the land of beautiful vesments. The people loved the Faith of their fathers and gave all they had to the Church. They were the people of the yoke of St. Charles Borromeo, who traveled through these mountain villages in Switzerland to instruct and confirm all in the Faith as the people were under the See of Milan.
On New Years eve yours truly had the honor to attend this Holy Mass prayed in the old Collegio Papio in the resort town of Ascona, Switzerland. The celebrant was the much loved Don Moore, vice-rector. The main altar of this chapel is Ambrosian rite, while the side altars are Roman rite. It's belived that St. Charles Borromeo celebrated Holy Mass atop this same altar mensa on the main altar.