Thursday, 30 July 2009

More Jubilee Photos...

I dislike posts which are little more than a collection of photos, without any commentary - these are fine for friends and family who were present, as a reminder of an event, but they're not much use as blog posts. I know, I know, I have done it on occasion, but, I hope, not too often.

But I like to take lots of photos.

And my snazzy bit of camera kit means that I can now try to catch more than the main moments during the Mass.

As it happened, I was very nearly reduced to using my mobile phone camera, as, just as the bell rang before the Consecration, my camera battery died. Fortunately, I had had the good sense to pack my spare battery (having charged it beforehand... what foresight!) but my fingers were shaking as I desperately tried to change the battery in time!

So, to celebrate my achievement, this is a post with a few of those extra moments...

This one was for the priest's Confiteor...

And here I managed to catch the moment where priest, deacon and subdeacon all genuflected as they incensed the altar...

The incensing of the priest at the beginning of Mass...

The next two photos are ones I have often tried to catch, as I find them very moving, but I have rarely succeeded, mostly because the phone camera I have previously used just didn't have a fast enough shutter speed. First the priest blesses the deacon before he reads the Gospel...

And then the deacon kisses the priest's hand, while the priest holds the Book of the Gospels...

I was delighted to see that I had captured the bow of priest and deacon after the priest was incensed...

Here, the thurifer incenses the deacon...

Another rarely caught moment (well, rarely for me) as the deacon and subdeacon exchange the Pax...

The priest gives the final blessing...

I didn't manage to get the genuflection during the Last Gospel, as my hand slipped (I forgot my monopod!) but I did manage to get a shot from the beginning of the Te Deum, to show off the cope which was, I think, borrowed from Chislehurst...

It really was awesome. Mass with all the trimmings!

8 comments:

gemoftheocean said...

Nice pics! We leave out the hand kissing over here!

Jane said...

Dear Mac:

Nice pics, indeed! They are absolutely superb! Congratuations. Hope you've sent the whole thing to NLN. Haven't got that far down my bloglist check this evening.

I'm so sorry I couldn't be there, but I was praying with you all.

God bless as always.

Catholic Mom of 10 said...

Just love blogs with pictures only so people can draw their own conclusions particularly family ones which my readers seem to appreciate them most!
One thing about taking pictures in Holy Mass is that I would never photograph the Consecration or Elevation. I find it personally disrespectful. When I am back from retreat I will do a post on this. Naturally Mac I don't expect u to post this since u r the only one I know who doesn't automatically post mine hence I don't link to your blog.
God bless
Jackie

Elizabeth from Sussex said...

I have to say I too have wondered about photographing the consecration and elevation. For myself, I would not be able to give sufficient attention to Our Lord if I were to be taking photographs at that moment - do you ever find it distracting?

Mac McLernon said...

We're happy enough to take photos of our loved ones... I see it like that, really, and I'm praying in my heart.

People video the Mass so that it can be televised, and broadcast around the world: they don't omit the Consecration.

Also, the technology means that I'm not sitting with a camera up to my eye...

Elizabeth from Sussex said...

Yes, I hadn't thought of it like that - and didn't realise you were not kneeling with a camera up to your eye!

Hestor said...

I suppose by extension of Jackie's logic: filming at papal masses should have a momentary pause at the consecration, where viewers can't see the consecration, as this would be disrespectful.

Catholic Mom of 10 said...

Well yes Hestor I think that would be an excellent idea!

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