A member of the clergy of the Diocese of Springfield in Illinois was chosen to proclaim the Gospel during the Holy Mass celebrated by His Holiness Pope Francis in the Basilica of St. Peter in honor of today's Solemnity of Mary, the Mother of God.
It fell to Deacon Michael Friedel to chant the passage from the Gospel of Saint Luke in which the shepherds find the Holy Family just as the angel had told them (2:16-21).
You can see a few shots of Deacon Friedel during the entrance procession. The Gospel procession begins at 19:05. He did a very fine job!
Deacon Friedel is from Holy Angels Parish in Wood River, Illinois and is preparing for the priesthood at the Pontifical North American College in Rome. He will, God willing, be ordained a priest of Jesus Christ this spring. Please remember him - and all of our seminarians - in your prayers.