Newsletter of the District
OF ASIA’S ROME PILGRIMAGE
AUGUST 5-19, 2000
4: Tuesday, August 8, Feast of St. Jean Marie Vianney, the Curé
of Ars, Confessor
St Paul Outside the Walls.
Statue of St Paul the Apostle of Nations
Masses at the
hotel at 5:30 am and 6:00 am, confessions. After breakfast the
tour buses took us to St. Paul Outside the Walls. The entire Asian
delegation processed in disciplined order into the basilica, two
by two, with our 16 beautiful banners held high, singing Christus
Vincit, Christus Regnat, Christus Imperat.
of the Asian Pilgrims
Asian Pilgrims in the courtyard of St Paul's Basilica
is hard to describe the incredible feeling that filled our hearts
and overflowed in tears of joy and pride and thankfulness for our
Holy Faith. We then knelt at the “Confession”, recited some prayers
and processed out amidst the clapping of hundreds of people that
where in awe at what they were witnessing.
the 'Confession' of St Paul's Basilica
Asian Pilgrims leaving the St Paul's Basilica
was the first time that Traditional Catholics in Europe saw representatives
of Catholic Tradition coming from these 10 Asian countries where
the SSPX is at work.
Official start of the Pilgrimage of Tradition: the Veni Creator
We then met
the other pilgrims from all over the world: a mere 5000 or so! At
a precise signal, all the pilgrims knelt down for the singing of
the Veni Creator which marked the official beginning of this
historical pilgrimage. Led by the four bishops of the SSPX, the
entire group processed into St. Paul’s and recited the rosary and
sung hymns in honor of Our Divine Lord and Our Blessed Lady.
of the pilgrims inside St Paul's, view from the back
Exit Procession with the Second General Assistant,
Fr. Paul Aulagnier, carrying the Cross
on the grounds and then by bus, we were off to St. Peter’s Basilica.
We met near Castel Sant’ Angelo, more than 5000 of us Traditional
Roman Catholics. For those of us who are used to small Mass Centers
of 20-30 people, it was so encouraging, uplifting, strengthening!
We are not alone! After about an hour in the very hot and humid
sun, led by the bishops and 250 members of the clergy and over 100
religious Sisters of so many Traditional Communities, we marched
by fours in procession to the Basilica of St. Peter’s.
Start of the Procession to enter St Peter's Basilica:
Bishop Bernard Fellay, Superior General of the SSPX,
with his Two General Assistants,
and the Superior of South America and of Asia, immediately behind
Traditional clergy marching towards the Vatican
the Holy Door
took one solid hour for everyone to enter. The Litanies of the
Saints were sung three times. And there we were, Catholics from
all over the world who supported the position of Archbishop Marcel
Lefebvre, with his bishops, priests, seminarians, brothers, sisters
of the Society of St Pius X, in the Basilica of St Peter’s! We
filled the main aisle of this beautiful Basilica, throne of Christendom!
Four Bishops of the SSPX at the 'Confession' of St Peter
There, we recited
the rosary, in the language of Rome, source of unity for the Catholic
Church, in Latin, in front of the Confession of St. Peter.
5500 Pilgrims filling the Main Aisle of St Peter's Basilica
surrounded by his three other fellow bishops, gave a powerful sermon
in French; we prayed for the Holy Father, and then Bishop Williamson
took the Processional Cross and the clergy walked back to the tomb
of St. Pius X where lies his incorrupt body.
Richard Williamson carrying the Cross to the tomb of Pope St Pius
of St Pius X (the body is incorrupt)
Schmidberger said a few strong words, quoting from Archbishop Lefebvre’s
1974 Declaration, and we all left in procession.
Franz Scmidberger, at the Tomb of St Pius X,
recalling Archbishop Lefebvre's Declaration of November 21, 1974
Fr. du Chalard
had promised the Committee of the Jubilee that we would be out by
4.20 pm. We were all out by 4.17 pm!
After a nice
Chinese dinner in Rome, we went back to the hotel. What a day!
Thanks be to God!
of the SSPX clergy and other priests at the fountain in St Peter's