Saturday, 23 March 2013

Pope's First Mass - Not Big Enough For the Raphael Tapestries ?

Pope's Inaugural Mass in the Sistine Chapel
I closed the last post  with - how BIG must the occasion be before they bring out the Raphael Tapestries?!

Well not even the Pope's first Mass in the Sistine Chapel is worthy of the Tapestries. The lower walls remain bare save for their faux drapery.

The Tapestries absence could be due to the new Pope's shunning of all the ostentation associated with the office of  Pope - much of the pomp deliberately being stripped away.

The chapel nevertheless looks magnificent with the Cardinals in Gold for the Mass in contrast to Red for the Conclave - a wonderful site!

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