Sunday, December 5, 2010

Bishop Sample brings Extraordinary Form of the Roman Rite to Marquette

Today, Bishop Sample celebrated a Solemn Low Mass, the first time the Extraordinary Form of the Roman Rite has been celebrated publicly in the Cathedral since the introduction of the Novus Ordo. He hopes to celebrate the Extraordinary Form Mass approximately once a month on Sundays. I (and hopefully other priests) will be celebrating it on the other Sundays.

Hopefully, in time, we shall be able to provide Missa Cantata, Solemn High Mass and even Pontifical High Mass.

Young servers seem very interested in the Mass and a very good number were on hand today. The priests who acted as Chaplains (servers) to the Bishop were Father Ronald Timock, Pastor of St Anthony's, Gwinn, as First Chaplain and my as Second Chaplain.

The Mass was celebrated in the Blessed Sacrament Chapel, which used to be known as the Bishop's Chapel. The chapel was packed to capacity, with extra seats being put out in the aisle and people seated in the choir balcony. Here are some photos taken by John Fee, editor of the UP Catholic, and reproduced here by kind permission:

 Checking a couple of things before Mass with Msgr Steber, the Cathedral Pastor.
The bishop's hands are washed prior to vesting.
 Vesting the bishop.

Prayers at the foot of the altar.

The people's Confiteor.

The homily.


 Concluding the Offertory.

Orate fratres...

 Consecration of the Host.

Elevation of the Host.

Elevation of the Chalice.

Ecce Agnus Dei...

Communion of the Faithful.


Leonine prayers.

Leonine prayers.

Alma Redemptoris Mater...

The Bishop is led off the sanctuary by Msgr Steber.

Leaving the chapel.
Thanks go to all those who helped make this possible. Lay people were very generous in contributing money to buy the vestments. Next Mass: 4pm next Sunday (without the solemnity).


  1. Father John,
    I knew it would happen eventually....where you are! Congratulations.
    Best wishes for Christmas.

  2. Lovely! and such good news to hear. Would that all the bishops lead by such example.

  3. Wow! I hope we can have a Bishop like him here in Manila, Philippines

  4. One is hopeful that Bishop Sample might publish a reflection upon his experience of this Holy Mass.

  5. Proficiat ... hopefully it would be extended to Indonesia as well.

  6. Wonderful! Monsignor Schuler would be proud: the beauty of the Roman rite seen today.

  7. Green (Purple?) with envy over here in Diocese of Superior. Ad multos annos, Bishop Sample. Train some missionaries and send them our way!


  8. Mary Lou Gray, Falmouth, Cape Cod. Thank you for sharing these beautiful pictures of the celebration of the Extraordinary Form of the Roman Rite by Bishop Sample. On Sunday I travel to Hyannis, Cape Cod to participate in the only, as far as I know, regularly scheduled Sunday celebration of the Extraordinary Form of the Roman Rite in the Diocese of Fall River. As our young priests become familiar with this Rite I hope and pray that its celebration becomes more readily available throughout the diocese. Yours in Jesus and Mary. Mary Lou Gray

  9. Fr., do you know if the Bishop's homily is available online somewhere?

  10. Cazienza: as far as I could tell the Bishop preached without notes and it was not recorded.

  11. Fantastic! Have seen His Excellency at Guadalupe Shrine in La Crosse, WI.

  12. Deo Gratias. I know Msgr Richard Schuler is proud of his first Bishop. If ALL American bishops would only follow suit.

  13. When you come home to Southwark please try and have Archbishop Peter celebrate the EF of the RR at St George's Cathedral.
    All good wishes for a Blessed and Holy Season of Christmas.

    Graham Lake
    Master of Ceremonies
    St Anselm's Roman Catholic Church
    Tooting Bec
    London SW17 6AT
    United Kingdom

  14. Thanks be to God for your efforts, Father, and those of His Excellency Bishop Sample for bringing the EF to Marquette. I was pleased to be one of several young Catholics in attendance this Second Sunday of Advent and plan to attend the Third and Fourth Sundays as well.

  15. Fantastic, Such a great news to hear!


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