Saturday, 15 September 2007

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.

The Gospel.

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.

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

Looks wonderful, Father; I wish I could've been there, but instead was at the FSSP in Edinburgh. :)

2:40 pm  
Blogger Cathy_of_Alex said...

Looks like a beautiful time. LOL-your comment about Catholics not sitting up front!!

7:42 pm  
Blogger Unknown said...

Sorry I wasn't able to put the pictures online sooner, but I was also doing the photography for the High Mass at the Oratory in the evening - there just wasn't enough time between getting home from one and setting out for the second!

9:39 pm  
Blogger Fr Nicholas said...

No need to apologise - many thanks for your photographic service!

9:45 pm  
Blogger Dr. Peter H. Wright said...

What a very fine set of photos of an extraordinary (no, sorry, no pun intended) occasion at Blackfen.
I wish I could have been there.
Too far away, I fear.

Father Tim intimated on his blog some time ago that he was planning "something special" for 14 September.

I didn't know you were going to act as Deacon.
Very well done !

Vernon Quaintance certainly knows how to take good pictures, doesn't he.

Now, I suppose, we must see what the future holds.
I predict rather slow progress along what might prove to be a rather bumpy road.
Too pessimistic ?
I hope not.

Things can only get better (I hope).

God bless Pope Benedict.

Laudetur Jesus Christus !

1:14 pm  
Blogger Fr Nicholas said...

Dr Wright - many thanks.

I think your suggestion about the future is right. The motu proprio will not have a dramatic impact on most parishes, but it is an important principle that will hopefully, over time, bear much fruit. I also hope that it will de-politicise the whole issue and make the extraordinary form 'mainstream'.

2:39 pm  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Fr Nicholas

I arrived early on Friday, to find you saying a Private Mass at the Lady Altar, with Fr Richard’s assistance. If you’ll forgive me for saying so, that was, to me, the most telling detail of the whole day. I have always had a personal preference for whispered Low Masses early in the morning (preferably in a dark and gloomy Gothic Church), but your choice to celebrate Mass in this way spoke volumes about your dedication to the discipline of daily Mass, as did the fact that you were not worried about how many people were there to see you, or indeed, whether anyone was there.

It saddens me when priests do not celebrate Mass unless they have to, or when they attend Mass in the congregation in preference to celebrating privately, or even concelebrating. It seems to imply a functionalist theology of priesthood which, were I a priest, I think I would find quite debilitating and difficult to sustain psychologically. Something profound happens at ordination. You are changed forever at a very deep level, not just given a new “job”. Daily Mass is an expression of that belief.

Thank You

1:54 pm  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

This affair seems a bit Anglo-Catholic to me, not least in the small attendance. Presumably they came from far and wide? No doubt fun was had by all!.

10:57 pm  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I can't decide which I dislike more: the Pope's Austrian "blue" chasuble or those deformed Baroque dalmatics...

1:05 pm  
Blogger Fr Nicholas said...

Archdeacon, I rather like those deformed dalmatics, but I know they're not to everybody's taste.

The timeless liturgy we were celebrating was the one later imitated by the Anglo-Catholics.

9:34 am  

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