France: Saint-Nicolas giving thanks
The crowd at Saint-Nicolas du Chardonnet last Sunday, February 26, 2017, was the kind seen on major feast days. A fervent congregation filled the nave and the side aisles of the church where the Traditional Mass was reestablished, forty years ago, thanks to the courage and perseverance of Msgr. François Ducaud-Bourget and Father Louis Coache, with several faithful priests rallying around them.
The Pontifical Mass on that happy day was the votive Mass of the Immaculate Heart of Mary, celebrated by Bp. Bernard Tissier de Mallerais, who confided that his priestly vocation had been strengthened by the intercession of Our Lady, Queen of the Clergy to whom he came to pray in this church in the late 1960’s. During his sermon the prelate recalled the importance of consecration to the Immaculate Heart, in this centennial year of the Fatima apparitions—a consecration in which we give ourselves to Mary and, in return, she gives herself to us.
At the conclusion of the meal attended by 500 at the nearby La Mutualité, several moving testimonies were given by some of the first lay faithful and by former pastors of Saint-Nicolas, Fathers Christian Bouchacourt and Xavier Beauvais. After the showing of a documentary film about the rich history of the parish—in which the audience could admire beautiful aerial views of the nave filmed from a drone—Father Patrick de la Rocque announced the forthcoming restoration of the chapel of Our Lady of the Clergy.
This magnificent day of thanksgiving concluded with a unanimous wish: ad multos annos!
(Source: FSSPX/DICI – No. 350 dated March 3, 2017)