As we entered there were few protestors and they were quiet and orderly.
My bad. My husband told me on the way home those were supporters
of the Archbishop we passed in front of the Cathedral. LOL! I was so engrossed in the conversation I was having with a deacon I had just met on the street I hadn't looked to see what they were holding, etc. No wonder they were so quiet and orderly.
We did pass by one man shouting the f word as we were going from the Cathedral to the reception downstairs and chose the outside stairs. We were in a stream with the clergy and his profanity was directed at them. Sadly this is not new.
It was a WONDERFUL Installation Mass on the Feastday of the patron saint of our city. I got to talk briefly with Fr Tom Loya
in the reception, but only because he's so tall and taller still with his kamilavka so we could spot him in the sea of thousands downstairs. In the Mass Abbot Nicholas
was seated in the sanctuary with the many bishops.
We did not get to see him, sadly, at the reception. Fr Loya thought the Abbot was probably off with the bishops.
His Eminence Metropolitan Gerasimos
was seated in the sanctuary opposite the bishops. He had someone with him who may have been Archimandrite Apostolos. Sadly they disappeared before we could get their blessing.
There were a very limited number of tickets for the Mass given to each parish. I felt very blest to have had one. It was a glorious day including the Blue Angels
making about 5 passes over the Cathedral during the Mass. (I wonder if we've got some faithful Catholics in those cockpits.) It really doesn't get any better here in the City by the Bay.
P.S. His Facebook has linked to this from his excellent homily
delivered in a combination of English and Spanish. I was hoping he would begin to speak in Spanish-- our first Spanish speaking Archbishop-- which he did often as Bishop in Oakland. (It will be interesting to see if any secular press mention the him using both languages.)