Salvete flores martyrum!
After Mass and Te Deum we had some champagne. Meanwhile Fr Tim, after sitting for over an hour in choir, needed a cigarette break, which was caught on the camera of the Roman Miscellenist. Fr Tim was following in the footsteps of St Pius X, who I believe was himself a chain smoker, and St John Kemble, not one of the Forty-Four but a priest martyr who calmly smoked his pipe just before his martyrdom in 1679.
We then sat down for a fine meal, courtesy of a team of kind parishioners, followed by liqueurs and cigars. I should stress, in case any readers of a more delicate disposition are shocked, that for most of us this is a very occasional pleasure, reserved for the great feasts of the Church:
The assembled company are (left to right) Fr Hugh MacKenzie (our generous host), Fr Tim Finigan (blogger extraordinaire), Fr Mark Vickers (new chaplain to the University of Hertfordshire), Fr Marcus Holden (co-author of Evangelium), Fr Richard Whinder (a familiar face in the blogosphere), your humble blogger and Fr Stephen Boyle (brother of South Ashford Priest). Note the two 'orbs' in the photo - perhaps a sign that the martyrs were present with us?! Finally, here's a shot in sepia:
A great festal day, constituting a sort of 'carnevale' before the penitential season of Advent...