Friday, February 25, 2011

Solemn Mass in Reading with the FSSP

Last Sunday there was a visiting priest in Reading, Fr Angel Alfaro, FSSP, who is the superior of the FSSP mission in Colombia, based in Anolaima and Bogota. He was celebrant at a Solemn Mass, with Fr Armand de Malleray FSSP as deacon and Fr Simon Leworthy FSSP subdeacon.
Coincidentally the Oxford-based Schola Abelis was giving the local singers a break (no break for me: I sing in both!). So here are some videos of the singing. Here is the Offertory. There are more videos here.

If Paul Inwood, Portsmouth Diocese's Director of Liturgy, still needs convincing that there are more than 30 people attending the Traditional Mass in his diocese here's a view of the nave. There are nine people in the choir loft, of course, and more in the annex off to the right.

After Mass Fr Alfaro gave a very interesting talk about the Fraternity's mission in Colombia. It is important to remember, and support, the work of traditional groups in places of great material deprivation. The liturgy and spirituality of the Fraternity can do great things in places like Colombia, rather as the High Anglicans of the late 19th and early 20th Century worked in the slums of England.
Please say a prayer for Fr Alfaro's apostolate.

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