After a smooth but warm flight from Chicago O’Hare to Madrid, we made our way through the beautiful and very large Madrid airport to reach our connecting flight to Lisbon, Portugal. We were almost twenty minutes late for our flight, but somehow they managed to hold the airplane for 25 of her missing passengers. Divine intervention if I ever saw it!
After a quick flight to and arrival in Lisbon, we were on our way to the Basilica of Our Lady of the Martyrs for a mass of thanksgiving for our safe arrival (except for one large suitcase with documents for the upcoming liturgical conference. St. Anthony, pray for us!). We had a lot to be thankful for. The Basilica of Our Lady of the Martyrs was a jewel box of pure beauty, and is one of the oldest parish churches in Lisbon. Here are some images from the Sung Mass with incense done in the Extraordinary Form, with Rev. Scott Haynes, celebrant.
Some of our pilgrim group with our pilgrimage director on the steps of the Basilica.
The ceiling of the Basilica of Our Lady of the Martyrs, Lisbon
One of the many beautiful side altars at the Basilica. This one features an altarpiece of the decent of Our Lord from the Cross and in front a statue of Our Lady of Sorrows, dressed in elaborately embroidered black garments
A side altar celebrating the Most Holy Sacrament of the Eucharist
Mass begins with the prayers at the foot of the altar. It was decided to use the free standing altar with an "ad Orientem" orientation because the high altar had been modified as to make it unusable for Mass.
Br. Matthew and Br. Kamil chant the propers and the setting of the Mass
Fr. Scott Haynes finishing the blessing after the Mass in the ornate Sacristy of the Basilica. The thurifer, acolytes and crucifer were all men from our pilgrim group.
The sanctuary of Church of Santo Antonio, Lisbon
Church of Santo Antonio, Lisbon (the birthplace of St. Anthony of Padua)