This morning at 11:10, I got a phone call from an unknown number. It turned out to be Rita, the choir organizer. She was rather in a dither (as in, she was talking too quickly for me to understand it), but I understood that the Mass was in the Duomo instead of the crypt. I told her we were coming right away.
When we arrived, Jeremy was whisked off into the vesting sacristy. There were about 4 deacons wandering around helping, a couple of priests, and our other altar server. I told the deacon that Jeremy’s Italian was shaky, and he said that it would be fine. He handed Jeremy a little silver pot and told him to follow him.
I left Jeremy and went to the choir area. There were choir members coming out of the woodwork – people I’d never even seen in Mass. When I asked Rita what was going on, she explained that it was this Bishop’s first Mass in Todi – they’ve apparently just changed, given that our first Mass was presided by a Bishop.
Turns out that Jeremy’s second time serving was under a bishop. With incense. And he got to carry the thingamajig that holds the incense (not the censer, but the pot thingy. The deacon was carrying the censer).
A cute note: during the consecration, they used bells. That is, they used a large bell that was fixed to the cathedral’s wall (kind of like a farm bell?), and the altar server went over and pulled on the chain. Very sweet!
The priests forgot to provide Communion to the choir members, so we hung around after Mass, and one of the priests dashed over very apologetically and passed out Communion.
We were very amused by the fact that somehow the parishioners appeared to have heard, since there was a larger congregation than usual, but that nothing was really organized until the last minute. It turned out very nicely, though, and it was a well-celebrated Mass.
We wish all of you a blessed Sunday!