(EDITED TO ADD UPDATED VIMEO LINK: https://vimeo.com/event/170078)
I will be the principal celebrant for the Solemn Mass with the Investiture with the Pallium at the Cathedral Basilica of Saints Peter & Paul on Sunday, July 19th. All are invited and encouraged to take part virtually in the liturgy and investiture. It will be broadcast live here on my Facebook page as well as Vimeo beginning at 11:00 a.m.
The Pallium is a vestment worn over a metropolitan archbishop’s chasuble at Mass within the geographic boundaries of his metropolitan area. It is a symbol of communion with the Holy Father and serves as a reminder of the role of the archbishop as shepherd.
Traditionally, archbishops appointed throughout the world over the course of the previous year are invited to concelebrate Mass for the Solemnity Saints Peter and Paul (June 29th) with the Holy Father in Rome. During the Mass, the Holy Father blesses the pallia (plural of the word Pallium) which are made of wool from lambs that are presented on the feast of Saint Agnes of Rome (January 21) and left overnight at the tomb of Saint Peter beneath the altar of Saint Peter’s Basilica. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic it was not possible for the traditional gathering to take place in Rome this summer. However, I’m blessed to be celebrating this joyful moment, here in the mother Church of Philadelphia and I invite you to join me virtually.