Friday, November 21, 2008

Magdalen College Requiem for Cardinal Pole

Reginald Cardinal Pole died on 17th November 1558, and Traditional Masses were said for him around the country. In Oxford we had a Sung Requiem in Pole's undergraduate college, Magdalen, by kind permission of the President and the Chaplain. The above picture is by Br Lawrence Lew OP who was present; see his NLM post here; the below ones I took myself.

Notice the three Knights of Malta in choir dress in the picture below; the Order of Malta was (briefly) restored in England under Queen Mary and Cardinal Pole. The one nearest the altar is Mr Julian Chadwick, Chairman of the Latin Mass Society.

The Mass was very successful; the setting of Magdalen College Chapel is wonderful, and the Schola Beati Thomae Abelis sang extremely well under the direction of Mr Adrian Taylor. Fr John Osman sang the Mass, his first ever Traditional Sung Mass.

I videoed the very erudite and balanced sermon by Fr John Osman at this Mass. It is 14 minutes long but extremely interesting.

Monday, November 10, 2008

Traditional Pilgrimage to Lourdes

This was joined by a number of Oxford traditionalists, and was led by Fr Andrew Southwell. A full report can be found here.

Formerly obligatory feasts can be celebrated on their original days - official

But only if they are Traditional Masses. See the New Liturgical Movement for the LMS press release on the official response of the Ecclesia Dei Commission, which contradicts the suggestion of the Liturgy Office of the Bishops' Conference of England and Wales that the actual feast days have been transferred. On the contrary, when these feasts are celebrated on the Sunday - as requested by the bishops - they are celebrated as 'external solemnities', something possible and in fact quite common under the 1962 rules. (I.e., for the benefit of the faithful unable to make an important feast during the week, it can be repeated, a bit like a votive Mass, on the Sunday.) The actual day is the traditional day - as will be reflected in the breviary, by vigils, octaves and so forth.

Monday, November 03, 2008

All Souls at the Oratory

The Oxford Oratory is undergoing major redecoration at the moment, but that did not prevent us from having a Missa Cantata for All Souls today. Fr Anton Webb sang the Mass surrounded by scaffolding. The blessed sacrament has been moved to the chapel of the Sacred Heart (which is next to the sancturary, on the Gospel side).

The workmen had to suspend their operations for the duration of the Mass; they could be seen slinking back once it was over.