First Communion Mass at St. Elizabeth of Hungary Shrine

First Communion Mass at St. Elizabeth of Hungary Shrine

For the last several months, children of appropriate age have been preparing for the reception of the sacraments of their first Penance and their first Holy Communion at St. Elizabeth of Hungary Shrine under the guidance of Abbé Andrew Bredemann, a seminarian for the Institute of Christ the King. A child's first Holy Communion is such an important day in their lives as Catholics, one surely to be remembered forever. I remember mine, which was quite different from the first Communions of all my kids. I went to a parochial school and made those first sacraments along with my entire...
Good Friday

Good Friday

These are my photos from Good Friday at St. Elizabeth of Hungary Shrine in Cleveland, Ohio. Good Friday is the one day in the year when no Holy Sacrifice of the Mass is offered. Instead, the liturgy is known as the Mass of the Pre-Sanctified, meaning, the Holy Communion to be received on Good Friday (by the priest alone in the pre-1955 liturgy) was consecrated on Holy Thursday, the day before. Besides the singing of the Passion of Our Lord, the adoration of the Crucifix takes on a central role in the liturgy. The Faithful approach to kiss Our Lord's...