At 9.20 am the singing was heard to begin. The same procession as for the opening: the entire pontifical court in Renaissance costumes or in the royal pomp of the epoch of the Congress of Vienna. After the long cohort of cardinals, bowed down under their high mitres and their chasubles (preceded by the Patriarchs; but Maximos was not there. This admirable and upright man sticks to his position: he does not belong to the Roman clergy), the Pope, like an idol, seated on a throne carried on the sedia; he was surrounded by the flabella, like Darius. I protested in my tribune at the applause. I felt a deep discomfort. THAT must come to an end one day!
The dialogue of the Mass (with Cardinal Tisserant) was cacophonous as, alas, it has never ceased to be, with, however, an effort to control the body of participants.
At 10.30 am, reading of the Constitution De sacra Liturgia began (only the chapter headings). This was preceded by:
Paulus episcopus servus servorum Dei, una cum Patribus Sancti Concilii ad perpetuam rei memoriam [Paul, bishop, servant of the servants of God, together with the Fathers of the Council, in perpetual memory of the fact].
Phew! The formula was correct … But we await the promulgation … Only the beginning of each chapter was read. The Fathers were invited to vote by placet or non placet.
The intervening time was filled with the Ave Maria, Magnificat, Salve Regina = babies dummies to keep them quiet.
At 11.05, the result of the vote on the Liturgy was announced:
Applause. The pope then promulgated the text in these terms:
In nomine Sanctissimae et Individuae Trinitatis, Patris et Filii et Spiritus Sancti. Decreta quae in hac sacrosancta et unversali synodo Vaticano Secunda legitime congregato modo lecta sunt, placuerunt Patribus.
Et Nos Apostolica a Christo Nobis tradita potestate, illa, una cum venerabilibus Patribus, in Spiritu Sancto approbamus, decernimus ac statuimus, et quae ita synodaliter stabilita sunt ad Dei gloriam promulgari iubemus.
[In the name of the Most Holy and undivided Trinity, of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit. The Fathers have expressed their agreement with the decrees just read out in the presence of this legitimately assembled Sacred and Ecumenical Second Vatican Council.
And We, in virtue of the Apostolic authority passed on to Us from Christ, and in union with the reverend Fathers, approve, establish, and ordain them in the Holy Spirit, and We order that what the Council has so ordained be published for the glory of God.]