During the mass held by Cardinal Scola for the 4th Sunday in Advent, on the majesty of Christ’s crucifixion, the solemn ceremony was held for installation to the ministry of the new Archpriest of the Cathedral, Monsignor Gianantonio Borgonovo.
The solemn ceremony of installation of monsignor Gianantonio Borgonovo to the pastoral ministry took place with the reciting of gestures and formulas that have been repeated throughout time, in which the new Archpriest, who today succeeds Monsignor Luigi Manganini, pledged himself to his office.
The words of the Liturgy, the prayers and the music welcomed the thousands of people who had come to the Cathedral for the occasion, a prelude to the direct meeting between the congregation and Cardinal Angelo Scola, the concelebrants Monsignor Gianantonio Borgonovo the new Archpriest, the outgoing Archpriest Monsignor Luigi Manganini and the Main Chapter in a ritual procession from the High Altar down the cathedral aisles.
The Eucharist was followed by the thanks and greetings of the new Archpriest, Monsignor Gianantonio Borgonovo: ”With admiration I gaze upon these beautiful stones, a powerful piece of work, the result of skilful labour, stones in which the Christian community wished to visibly affirm its presence. For me, they are a concrete reference to our Lord Jesus, living stones to be embraced, an inspiration for the ecclesiastical work that lies ahead of me to which I shall commit my best energies and devote my entire life. The internal form of this Cathedral, limited and open, the external form that looks almost like a tent, are for me a reminder to constantly broaden the boundaries of our community, to reach out towards all the “seekers of God” who still invoke the good news of the Gospel, and engage with communities hungry for the true Word.”
At the end of the Holy Mass, the President of Veneranda Fabbrica del Duomo Professor Angelo Caloia greeted and welcomed the new Archpriest, Monsignor Borgonovo, on behalf of the Fabbrica in the Sala delle Colonne of the new Cathedral museum, where work was still in progress.
With the hope “of continuing to uphold the dialogue between liturgical service and cultural service”, so wisely and constructively pursued by his predecessor, President Caloia gave special thanks to the outgoing Archpriest, Monsignor Luigi Manganini.
The ecclesiastical ministry of the newly installed Monsignor Borgonovo was not “dreamt of”, as he himself reveals, “but prepared for some time”, with in-depth studies and cultural improvement, inspired by his vocation as a biblical researcher.
From today, his path will be directed towards a new centre of gravity, the Cathedral of Milan, whose stones, which Monsignor Borgonovo intends to “embrace” and draw inspiration from, will be looking to him for renewed support and reference; an advocate as sensitive and able as his beloved predecessor, capable of transferring the profound spiritual and civic values which the Cathedral embodies for the community and for all those walking the path of faith, in search of the Word of God.