Sunday, August 23, 2015

News from Silverstream Priory

I was delighted to meet Fr Mark Kirby, Prior of Silverstream Priory, for the first time at the LMS Pilgriamge to Wrexham, where he very kindly celebrated a High Mass for us. I am very happy to pass on this news about his community. I know one of the monks mentioned here, Br Elijah, because he has been on two of the LMS Latin Courses; Dom Benedict, who is now solemnly professed, I met in Wrexham.
Dom Finnian and Dom Elijah (left and right)

On Thursday, 6 August, feast of the Transfiguration, Dom Benedict Maria Andersen (a native of Denver, Colorado) prounced his final vows as a Benedictine monk of Silverstream Priory and received the monastic consecration. Father Benedict, 34 years old, holds degrees from the Lateran University, Rome, and from Saint Vladimir’s Orthodox Seminary, New York; he is a skilled typesetter and designer of liturgical books.

Friday, August 21, 2015

Reform, restoration, and Pope Francis

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Cardinal Burke in Oxford: a reformer or a restorationist?
Today I am publishing a Position Paper from the International Federation Una Voce on the concepts of tradition, restoration, and reform. Go over there to read it.

Some readers will know about all this already, but the paper establishes with a degree of care and thoroughness the fallacy of claiming that there is some kind of opposition between reform and restoration. The talk of reform 'going forward' and restoration 'going back', and all this sort of irritating guff, seems to emerge from nothing more than a metaphor gone berserk - the metaphor of spatial movement for political change. Anyone would think, from the language of 'change change change' in current politics, that change is a good thing in itself, as long as the situation it produces has not been tried before. (See Peter Kwasniewski on this over on the NLM.)

Thursday, August 20, 2015

Autumn Mass of Ages available

I'm being a bit slow with blogging at the moment, but the new edition of Mass of Ages, the first to be edited by Dylan Parry, is now available in your friendly local church (if not, ask your friendly local priest to stock it: it is FREE), and from the LMS Office.

Members have their copies delivered to their homes, so join here.

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

The Benedictine vocation in the UK: light at the end of the tunnel?

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Prior Mark Kirby of Silversteam, Ireland: not EBC, but a Benedictine taking the path of Tradition
Not all Benedictines in the UK are members of the English Benedictine Congregation (EBC), and that Congregation has houses outside the UK, but the non-EBC houses in England are not immune to the difficulties of the EBC ones, so the specially convened, and unique, recent meeting of the EBC gives us a good indication of the state of the Benedictine vocation in this country.

The Tablet called the meeting 'crisis talks'. 'Crisis' of course is an over-used word; properly, it suggests something dramatic which could end in more than one way: the crisis of a battle, or a crisis of health. What has been going on with the Benedictines for the last thirty or forty years is something not very dramatic, which is on the other hand pointing very firmly in the direction of one outcome. That outcome is the disappearance of the Benedictine vocation from this country.

Friday, August 14, 2015

1P5 on female lectors: a response

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I'm delighted that the issue of the roles of the sexes in the liturgy is getting more discussion. Just now the blog 1Peter5 has addressed the issue of female lectors (plus reply to criticisms). While agreeing with the conclusion - female lectors are liturgically inappropriate - I want to disagree with the argument for that conclusion, made by the contributor 'Benedict Constable' (a nom de plume).

Book now for the Walsingham Pilgrimage!

Due to exceptional demand in the last few hours - literally - before the deadline, we have extended the deadline. If you've not booked yet, we'll accept online and telephone bookings today, and online bookings over the weekend.

Book here.

There is a deadline: Tuesday 11th August. This is necessary for the caterers and other aspects of the pilgrimage; please don't try to book after that date! Do it before! Do it now!

The Pilgrimage runs from Thursday 27th (we gather in the afternoon and evening in Ely) to Sunday 30th, when we have our big Mass in Walsingham at 2pm, followed by a procession to the site of the Holy House. Some stay the night in Walsingham but it is possible to get back to London on Sunday. If you stay until Monday morning, we have another Mass, sung, in the Slipper Chapel at 10am.

We walk over three days the 55 miles from Ely to Walsingham, accompanied by the Traditional Mass and devotions, in the spirit of the great Chartres Pilgrimage.

Here is a little video about it. The booking page has lots more information.



It is an unforgettable experience, plus hot evening meals!

Show your devotion to Our Lady, walk in the footsteps of your Catholic predecessors, do some penance and take some important intentions to the feet of the Lady of Walsingham.

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Mass in the Slipper Chapel at the shrine.
The cost is £75 for an adult, if you are an LMS member - and you can join at the same time.

There are generous discounts for students, and all are welcome.

Book here.

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Procession along the 'Holy Mile' to the site of the Holy House in Walsingham, from the
Slipper Chapel and Catholic Shrine
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Monday, August 10, 2015

St Philomena in New Brighton

They are getting ready for the Feast of St Philomena, 11th August, in the church - SS Peter & Paul and St Philomena - looked after by the Institute of Christ the King in New Brighton.

Ora pro nobis!


On the unequal battle between St Philomena and Mgr Basil Loftus, and a photo of an earlier version of her shrine in the church, see here.

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Saturday, August 08, 2015

Summer School 2015

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No one wants a boring recitation of what we did in the Summer School, so here are some nice pictures instead.

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We said lots of prayers, had lots of very splendid liturgies, learnt lots about the Faith, and had lots of fun. That pretty well sums it up.