The Mass was celebrated to commemorate the centenary of the establishment of the Court of Honor of the Virgen de la Cinta, a women's group that cares for the chapel and the figure of the Virgen de la Cinta, patroness of Tortosa.
With this Eucharistic celebration, distant from the traditional canons and unprecedented in this cathedral of the Ebro region, those responsible for the Court of Honor sought to attract younger people to the church and raise their interest in the figure of the patron saint of the city and in religion in general.
In the end, hundreds of teenagers came to the cathedral to attend the Mass along with other people who wanted to see live a Eucharistic celebration such as has not been seen before in the Tortosa church.
Padre Jony, who has released rock albums with themes related to religion and the promotion of human values, was accompanied during the Mass by a group of musicians with electric guitars, drums, keyboard and bass.
The musicians took their place around the altar, while spotlights projected colored lights on the columns of the altar and the medieval altarpiece of the Virgen de la Estrella, which dates from the middle of the 14th century.
Next to the altar, there was a screen on which images and videos were projected during the Mass to accompany the songs of the rock n roll priest.
Padre Jony began the Mass with a blues number and, later, during the liturgy came out with rock versions of popular religious songs such as, for example, "Pescador de hombres."
One could also hear an "Our Father" sung in a rock version and an offertory song with a rap rhythm.
The repertoire closed with a rock version of the "Himno a la Virgen de la Cinta", one of the pieces of music most representaive of the city of Tortosa. This version was created especially for today's Mass.
The songs, performed strictly directly, provoked applause and even some light dance moves in some of those attending the mass.
The youngest participants in the celebration, who came from all the schools in Tortosa, did several readings and brought up the offerings, among which was an electric guitar that ended up on the altar.
In his homily, Padre Jony encouraged the young people to try to learn more about the Virgin Mary and warned that current problems such as drugs, excessive alcohol consumption and lack of social commitment must be banished.
After the Mass, Padre Jony expressed his satisfaction with the response and the impression generated among the teenagers of Tortosa.
"It was a different expression of faith so that young people can see it in their own way, with a bit of rock and rap," said the priest, who was pleased because the teens "were very attentive, well-behaved and involved."
The priest, who has already expressed his wish to celebrate more rock Masses like the one today in Tortosa, had to devote quite a bit of time to signing autographs for the dozens of young people who approached him after the Eucharistic celebration.