Pontifical Ceremonies on Pictures

A polish website Nowy Ruch Liturgiczny (New Liturgical Movement) has posted a set of 151 illustrations from the 19th century Pontificale Romanum – a book which contains the rites for the performance of episcopal functions. This exemplar was issued as Pontificale Romanum Summorum Pontificum jussu editum et a Benedicto XIV. Pont. Max. recognitum et castigatum in 1848 in three parts with appendix.

On the pictures you can see ceremonies reserved for a bishop that mostly today cannot be seen in the real life like: benediction and coronation of a king, blessing of a new knight, reconciliation of public penitents.

Church consecration


Prudentes Virgines

Corpus Christi Procession, Warsaw a.D. 1957

Adducentur Regi virgines post eam: proximae eius afferentur tibi in laetitia.
Specie tua, et pulchritudine tua intende, prospere procede, et regna.
After her shall virgins be brought to the King: her neighbors shall be brought to Thee with gladness.
With thy comeliness and thy beauty set out, proceed prosperously, and reign.

Male Orders of Krakow


Tomb sentence

Domine noli me condemnare
Do not condemn me

Haymaking in Krakow City Center


Photo of the month

The King of Glory

Liturgical Vestments


'Veneremu Cernui'
When you ask in old churches were are the traditional liturgical vestments, you often here that there are no anymore. In fact most of them, together with the old liturgical books, ended up heating the parish houses in winter.
Here you can see some vestments saved for the future generations.


Litany of Polish Saints: John Sarkander

One of the greatest martyr of the Holy Church. Killed by the Hussites, because he did not want to reveal the secrets of the confession
Painting of saint John on the city hall tower in Skoczów

'John would not violate the secrets of the holy tribunal (confession) the rack was used on 13, 17 and 18 February. On each of the latter days the torture lasted for two and three hours, lighted candles and feathers soaked in oil, pitch, and sulphur were strewn over his body and ignited. He lingered from the effects for a month and died in prison.'

Read his short biography HERE

Procession to Honor of Saint John Sarkander

Local bishop welcomed by the parish rector at the entrance to the church
‘Ecce sacerdos magnus' sung by the parish choir
Procession from the parish church to the Kaplicówka hill
Fraternities banners
Polish sisters: always ready, pious, beautiful, giving good example
Relicts of the martyr
Populus fidelis
The Cross and the chapel on the Kaplicówka hill

Each year in June the little town in the south Poland - Skoczów - honors its greatest citizen and witness of the faith saint martyr John Sarkander.  Many people come to Skoczów to take part in the procession and the Holy Mass led by the local bishop.

Video from the Priestly Ordination in Krakow in EF

Krakow, Poland, June 4, 2011
Part 1
Part 2
Part 3
Part 4
Part 5


Litany of Krakow Saints: Sister Faustina

Saint Mary Faustina Kowalska of the Blessed Sacrament (1905-1938)
Read her 'Diary: Divine Mercy in My Soul'
Apostle of Divine Mercy