The mass was celebrated at the base of St. Peter's obelisk. Does anyone recall seeing this done before?
Msgr. Guido Marini is still serving as Papal Master of Ceremonies. It appears that in keeping with the modest dress of Pope Francis, Msgr. Marini has also adopted a more modest chasuble. My heart goes out to him because he is a devotee of traditionalism. This is an act of humility and respect. From what I have read, I understand he holds Pope Francis in high regard.
Joy is getting harder and harder to come by these days. We’re surrounded by evil day and night.
I watched part of the replay on EWTN and after the blessing of the palms near the obelisk, Pope Francis processed while carrying a palm branch to the altar on the sagrato and his throne was near the entrance to St. Peter's Basilica.