Thursday, 28 September 2006

The Sarum Usage

Valle Adurni has some wonderful photos of the Sarum Mass he celebrated at Candlemas 1997 in the chapel of Merton College, Oxford - complete with beadle, three crucifers, two thurifers and coped cantors. This followed the High Mass for the Translation of St Frideswide in 1996, organised under the auspices of the Oxford University Newman Society (during my term as President). I was MC on both occasions and I look back with great pleasure to the celebration of our ancient liturgy in such splendid medieval surroundings.

The picture, by the way, is a rather charming illustration of the order of a festal procession from the Sarum Processionale of 1519. Clerics are denoted by their tonsures!

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