A Year of Anniversaries
we celebrate in 2007.
Happy New Year!
Last night, as reported by the dúnadan, we had, for the first time, a Midnight Mass in the parish. Much to my amazement, there were about 400 people there - many of whom I had not seen before. The most dramatic moment was giving Benediction at the stroke of Midnight, surrounded by the sound of London's firework extravaganza. At the end of the Mass we sang the indulgenced Veni Creator - not the easiest Latin hymn to sing en masse but people seemed to know it, which is always pleasing.
The Year of Our Lord 2007 is the year of the:
- 1600th anniversary of the death of St John Chrysostom.
- Millennial celebrations of the diocese of Bamburg, founded by St Henry in 1007.
- 800th birthday of St Elizabeth of Hungary.
- 750th anniversary on 15 August of the death of St Hyacinth, OP.
- 550th anniversary on 22 May of the death of St Rita of Cascia.
- 500th anniversary on 2 April of the death of St Francis of Paola, founder of the Minims.
- 400th birthday on 10 January of St Isaac Joques, one of the North American martyrs.
- 300th birthday on 18 December of Charles Wesley (the Methodist writer of my favourite hymn, Lo! He comes with clouds descending and many more) - and on 26 March the 300th anniversary of the Act of Union, which created the Kingdom of Great Britain.
- for me the MAJOR anniversary of the year - on 13 July the 200th anniversary of the death of the Cardinal Duke of York, known by his supporters as 'Henry IX' (grandson of James II and brother of 'Bonnie Prince Charlie'). The Roman Miscellenist will, of course, be commemorating this anniversary!
- 150th birthday on 31 May of Pius XI (Achille Ratti) and on 2 June of Edward Elgar, the Catholic composer of Dream of Gerontius, etc.
- 100th birthday on 15 February of the organist and composer, Jean Langlais.