Yesterday, I had the privilege of attending my first Tridentine High Mass at Sacred Heart Parish in Dunn, NC, with the added bonus of it being the first visit by our new bishop, Michael Burbidge, to our only approved Tridentine parish. The Mass was extremely well-attended–people were standing in the aisles and packed in the back of the small church, and the choir loft was so full as to make people nervous about its support structure. The Mass was celebrated by Sacred Heart’s pastor, Fr. Paul Parkerson, with Bishop Burbidge and four other priests in choir. The bishop was aided by a chaplain to follow the liturgy, Fr. Ferguson, FSSP. At the conclusion of the Mass, Bp. Burbidge addressed the assembly on the subject of the Feast of the Holy Family, thanking them for being examples of holy families that are producing many vocations. There was a pleasant reception at the parish hall after Mass, and I was finally able to meet our bishop personally.
I took a few photos, but I was not seated in a good position in the choir loft. First, here’s a picture of the sanctuary before Mass:
Second, here are some blurry photos of the Mass in progress. I can’t remember where they are in the liturgy, and I apologize for the focus problems…
After a night to digest things, I’ve become more firmly convinced of the merits of the Tridentine Mass. What bowled me over was receiving the Eucharist at the altar on my knees. I would much prefer to continue attending there every week, but the drive is just too far and I am still convinced that we are called to be active in our community parishes, provided the danger to our faith is not too great. In my case, it’s definitely not.