Photo and story submitted by Jason Keas on the Solemnity of Sts. Peter and Paul Apostles, June 29, 2010
“This is a picture of us this morning at the Pallium mass. This morning, we woke up and, while sacrificing breakfast, stood in line for the Pallium mass. We got in line around 7 AM. The gates opened at 8 AM for a 9:30 mass. We got good seats, though we were all spread around. I was about seven rows back in the open seating section. Other seminarians got to sit much closer, and some have some good stories about getting in closer. It was great to experience a mass inside St. Peter’s, and to see 38 bishops receive the pallium.”
Pictured above, left to right: seminarians Kevin Drew, Erik Bakk, John Hammond, Brendan Johnson, Jason Keas, and Rome Experience faculty member Fr. Eric Nielsen.
To give an idea of just how packed it was and why it was necessary to line up two-and-a-half hours in advance, here is video from the mass: http://www.catholictv.com/Pallium-Mass.aspx