Solemn Mass at Blackfen
A fine gallery of photos from yesterday's High Mass is now available at this website, run by the photographer, Vernon Quaintance (who owns the copyright). He also has pictures of the splendid High Mass held at the Oratory.
I was asked to deacon at Blackfen and, despite feeling a bit nervy in the sacristy beforehand (given the historic importance of the occasion), the ceremonial flowed very nicely and there were only a few very minor hitches. Anyway, these pictures capture the flavour of the occasion:
Fr Tim Finigan was celebrant and Fr Richard Whinder subdeacon.
Fr Zuhlsdorf preaching on the mystery of the Cross and the Sacred Liturgy. There were about 40 people present - not bad for a small parish on a Friday lunchtime - but, being typical Catholics, they didn't sit in the front. Hence the empty space around the pulpit!
Ite missa est (after which the deacon can begin to relax)
Last Gospel - Et Verbum caro factum est
Te Deum. We then had a buffet lunch in the hall and wished the Holy Father Ad multos annos.