Wednesday, October 29, 2008

From Imperia: consecration of virgins...

Wow, Pontifical Mass from the throne; now that's the Roman rite!
Elaborate ceremonies inspire vocations. Notice the arms of Pius XII on the umbrella (bell-shaped, but collapsed), Each basilica has in its sanctuary two processional objects on poles: an umbrella and a bell. Better photos of both will be soon posted. This basilica received its processional umbrella and bell in 1947 when it was made a minor basilica.

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