Cappella Papale

Coronation Mass of Benedict XV

Benedict XV coronation

Coronation Holy Mass of Benedict XV, September 6, 1914. It did not take place, as it was customary, in the Basilica of St. Peter, but in the Sistine Chapel at the Apostolic Palace in the Vatican. This was caused by the desire to reduce the joyful pomp in the face of the outbreak of World War I. For this reason, the traditional blessing to the City and the World (Urbi et Orbi) was granted not from the inner balcony of the basilica, which was the norm since the occupation of Rome by the Italian state, but from a portable throne placed in the chapel in front of the altar. Two things are worth noting in the attached photos. The first of them are flabella, i.e. fans, normally left at the papal throne at the beginning of the liturgy, this time they were kept on both sides of the altar when the Holy Father was next to it. The second interesting fact, visible in the photo below, is a curved candle, characteristic for the papal liturgy, held by the assistant to the papal throne standing next to the book.

Benedict XV Urbi et Orbi