Mass for the anniversary of Prince-Abbot Joseph III

A commemorative Mass was celebrated on 30 June at the Gosberton Chapel for the anniversary of Prince-Abbot Joseph III, which falls the following day. In his homily, the Prince-Abbot called to mind the symbolism of the Crown of Thorns and the sacrifices and ministry of Prince-Abbot Joseph III.

1aThe Prince-Abbot before the statue of St Louis in the Chapel

2Archbishop Douglas Lewins, GCCT, Senior Chaplain of the San Luigi Orders for the United Kingdom

During the service, Archbishop William Myers of the Old Roman Catholic Church in America was admitted to the rank of Knight in the Order of the Crown of Thorns.

3The Prince-Abbot reads the commission to the knight expectant

4The diploma of appointment is presented to the new knight

Archbishop Myers presented the Prince-Abbot with Knighthood in the Order of the Precious Blood, the award of merit of the Old Roman Catholic Church in America, as well as that church’s Medal of Friendship.

ORCCAPrayer was offered for all members of the San Luigi Orders past and present during the service. The Mass was followed by a dinner for the clergy and their guests.

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