"We Start Down This Path Because We Have Found Jesus... or, Better, Because Jesus Has Found Us"
Going in reverse order, first, the post-Communion remarks of the new head of the nation's largest local church, Archbishop José Gomez...
...and on his 75th birthday, closing out a transformative quarter-century as chief shepherd of his native diocese, Cardinal Roger Mahony's final preach from the cathedra, which introduced the Rite of Transition:
Of course, as solemn -- and final -- as today's rites were, the transfer of power doesn't become official until B16 formally accepts Mahony's resignation under the provisions of Canon 401, paragraph 1.
The Vatican sign-off is expected to come early this week.
PHOTOS: Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels(1); Getty(2)