Note that there will be Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament after Mass this week.
Just think: isn’t it extraordinary that this is the same kind of Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament, the same Latin lyrics, and maybe even the same melodies, that might have been sung at the San Antonio mission churches several hundred years ago! The traditional Mass as it is found in the 1962 Missal, still used by Traditional groups all over the world, is substantially the same as the Mass codified by the Catholic Church in the Council of Trent 500 years ago. If the city of San Antonio were a person, it would already be quite familiar with golden, ornate Monstrances, gothic/traditional style thuribles, fancy incense boats made of brass, the smell of frankincense, and the melody of the familiar Latin hymns and chants. And the Faith itself hasn’t changed at all from that of the first Spanish missionaries when they built the first Mission in San Antonio. The same Faith, the same devotions and expressions of that Faith. In short, the same Church. Remember, the 1962 Missal is substantially the same as the Catholic Mass was in 1600. Virtually no changes; maybe a few more saints in the Church calendar.
Here are some pictures from our last Benediction (as usual, this was right after Mass):