Today’s feast of Peter and Paul is a big thing in Rome. And for the world’s newest archbishops. There’s a change in procedure on the docket for this year. The pallium, that woolen badge of an archbishop’s office, was blessed in Rome today. The conferral of it will be conducted in the home diocese of the archbishop. A good explanation is here.
It is the responsibility of the Nuncio to determine with the Metropolitan Archbishops the most opportune date, circumstances and manner to publicly and officially invest him with the pallium by mandate of the Holy Father, and with the participation of the Suffragan Bishops of that particular Province (ecclesiastically geographic area).
The pallium ceremony will continue to symbolize communion between the See of Peter and the Successor of the Apostle and those who are chosen to carry out the episcopal ministry as Metropolitan Archbishop of an Ecclesiastical Province, and it will encourage the participation of the local Church in an important moment of its life and history.
Seems like a good development to me. What do you think would be the best way to carry that out in the archdiocese? Is the Eucharist a given? Evening Prayer? Some special feast of the archdiocese, perhaps its patron? Any readers hear of any plans for part two in your archdiocese?