In his homily, Cd. Arinze juxtaposed St. Wenceslaus with modern day government leaders. St. Wenceslaus was Duke of Bohemia and lived from 907-935. He was highly devout, assisting at Mass daily and even prayed the Divine Office daily. He was also devoted to giving alms and made a point to take care of the poor. His brother hated him for ruling this way, so he killed him and made himself duke. So St. Wenceslaus was killed by his own brother at the age of 28. St. Wenceslaus put his faith on display in every part of his life. His Eminence went on to say that St. Wenceslaus is a role model for us in that we must put our faith on display always, in every part of our life. He said we are not Christians just one hour a week on Sunday morning. We need to put our faith on display at home, taking care of the family. We need to put our faith on display when we go to work, whether we are blue collar workers or Senators in Washington. No one can say that "I am a Catholic, but..." and then tolerate some position contrary to the faith. That is hypocrisy. Such a person is not practicing the faith. Practicing the faith means practicing the faith always, even when serving in the government. It reminded me of his statement here.
Now the part you all want to see, the pictures:
|Wide-shot of the Sanctuary before Mass|
|Close-up of the altar. Notice how the crucifix has a|
pontifical candle built into it for just such an occasion.
|Prayers at the Foot of the Altar|
|Kyrie and Gloria|
|Gospel. Notice the bugia was used.|
|Deacons of the Throne during the homily.|
|Elevation of the Sacred Host|
|Elevation of the Precious Blood|
|Domine Non Sum Dignus|
|His Emminence blesses some Brides of Christ after Mass|