Ordinations Week 2019
Institute of Christ the King
June 30-July 9, 2019
An invitation to Ordinations Week in Florence, Italy for the Institute of Christ the King Sovereign Priest; a rare window into an extraordinary week in the life of the men who will ensure the continuation of the Classical Roman Liturgy of the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass; our most sacred treasure! The crown jewel of the pilgrimage is the awesome Pontifical Mass of Ordination for the Priesthood followed by a festive banquet at the Institute’s Motherhouse in Gricigliano overlooking the hills of Tuscany!
Also visit Eternal Rome, the ancient city where St. Peter the Apostle and so many early Christians gave their lives, making it truly the physical heart of the Catholic Church. Enjoy a day excursion to Naples, the most prominent port city of Southern Italy, and home to St. Moscati, the "holy doctor of Naples" and the annual miracle of St. Januarius!
Come join us on this pilgrimage of gratitude to Christ the King for the tremendous blessing of future priests!
Land Cost:$2395 (based on double room occupancy)
Call for a quote on air from your home city
Land cost includes:
Land transportation by small motorcoach and/or train
Eight nights hotel accommodations at 3 and 4 star hotels with private bath
Breakfast & Dinner daily
Daily Traditional Latin Mass
Cost is based on double room occupancy
Add $495 for a single room
TO RESERVE A SEAT:
Fill out the small application form within the brochure and send by mail with a $500 deposit to the address below.
Or call 1-800-334-5425 and we will be happy to send you one.
The Village Centre - P.O Box 509
Bangall, NY 12506
Day 1 - Today depart on a flight from your home city to Florence, Italy.
Day 2 - Mid-day arrival in Florence, the stunning golden-hued city of the Renaissance for check-in at Hotel Albani Firenze (or similar) in the heart of the city near the Church of Saints Michael and Cajetan where four of the Ordinations Week ceremonies will take place, with the first occurring later this afternoon: the Cassock Reception and Solemn High Mass offered by the Prior General of the Institute, Msgr. Gilles Wach.
Day 3 - Morning Solemn High Mass at the Church of Saints Michael and Cajetan at which the seminarians will receive Clerical Tonsure as well as the various Minor Orders of Porter, Lector, Exorcist, and Acolyte, bringing them one step closer to the Holy Priesthood. Free time in the afternoon to take in the glory of Florence. Early evening drive into the Tuscan Hills surrounding Florence for a visit to the Institute of Christ the King’s Motherhouse and International Seminary of St. Philip Neri, a former medieval castle with towers, an enclosed middle court and a surrounding moat. Enjoy a tour of the seminary grounds and dinner in the courtyard. Also visit the Convent of the Sister Adorer's of the Royal Heart of Jesus Christ Sovereign Priest, a community of religious sisters dedicated to praying for the priests of the Institute.
Day 4 - Morning Solemn High Mass of Ordination for Deacons and Subdeacons at the Church of Saints Michael and Cajetan. At this solemn rite, the candidates for the diaconate receive the final order that prepares them for the priesthood. A free afternoon in Florence to take in the Duomo, an artistic masterpiece of the 15th-century as well as the other sites of this art capital of the world, a virtual open-air museum!
Day 5 - Today is the crown jewel of Ordinations Week with the Pontifical Mass of Ordination at the Church of Saints Michael and Cajetan. The ancient rite opens with drums announcing the arrival of the presiding cardinal, Msgr. Gilles Wach and priests and seminarians of the Institute and concludes with the newly ordained leading the Recessional out of the church filled with faithful from all over the world. The epic nature of what has transpired with the birth of new priests leaves the faithful in awe and with a greater understanding of the nature of the holy Priesthood. This evening travel to the Seminary for a joyous celebration beginning with Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament and chanting of the Te Deum followed by a candlelight dinner under the Tuscan stars and an awesome fireworks show.
Day 6 - This morning we’ll make one last visit to the Seminary in Gricigliano to attend the First Low Masses of the newly ordained and receive their First Blessings. Mid-day farewell from Tuscany on an afternoon train south to Rome. Early evening arrival in Rome for check-in at the Palazzo Cardinale Cesi, a 15th century palace with an enclosed courtyard in the middle of the hotel and arched open corridors. Located close to the Vatican, making it easily accessible to St. Peter's Basilica, the largest cathedral in the world.
Day 7 - A full day in Ancient Rome! Visit one of the most sacred sites of our holy Faith, St. Peter's Basilica, built over the martyrdom of Peter the Apostle, first Bishop of Rome. Also enjoy a walking excursion to visit the marvelous Pantheon, Piazza Navona (Bernini's four rivers fountains) and the Church of Santa Maria sopra Minerva (tomb of St. Catherine of Siena) where Pope Pius V formed the Holy League that went on to save the Christian West at the Battle of Lepanto.
Day 8 - Morning Solemn High Mass at the Chiesa di Gesù e Maria al Corso on the Via del Corso. Late afternoon walking tour to visit Chiesa del Sacro Cuore del Suffragio, a neo-Gothic masterpiece on the banks of the Tiber in the heart of the city. In a side room of the church is a museum dedicated to the Holy Souls in Purgatory with a centuries old collection of bibles, prayer books, tabletops, and articles of clothing said to have been touched by the hands of souls; truly one of a kind as it offers undeniable proofs of the existence of Purgatory. Pass by the Castel Sant'Angelo, the amazing cylindrical fortress located on the right bank of the Tiber River. In the year 590, during a plague epidemic that devastated the city, Pope Gregory I had a vision of Saint Michael the Archangel on top of the castle bearing the news that the epidemic was over. Since then the fortress ahs been topped with a statue of the great protector.
Day 9 - Today enjoy an excursion to unforgettable Naples, one of Italy's oldest and most beautiful cities. Enjoy a walking tour of the historic center beginning at the beautiful Church of Gesu Nuovo (enclosing the tomb of St. Giuseppe Moscati, "holy doctor of Naples”). Continue along a lively pedestrian street, passing by the street of the Nativity Scene makers, to the Church of Our Lady of the Rosary (cared for by the Institute since 2017) and the magnificent Cathedral of San Gennaro, wherein is kept the holy reliquary of the blood of St. Januarius, 4th-century bishop and martyr, which has liquefied yearly for the last six hundred years! Late afternoon return to Rome.
Day 10 - Morning flight departures from Rome to the United States.