Monday, July 30, 2012

Summer School / Latin Course: some firsts for Fr Hunwicke

It was a great privilege to have Fr John Hunwicke of the Ordinariate directing our Latin Course. He is a deeply experienced Latin teacher, having done three decades teaching Latin in Lancing College, and his wit and erudition was greatly appreciated by the students.
It is part of the point of having the Latin Course running alongside the Summer School for children that we can combine our resources in various ways, including liturgically. So the second Latin tutor, Br Richard Bailey of the Holy Name, Manchester, who is an extremely talented singer, joined our schola, and Fr Hunwicke celebrated Mass some days, and for most of the week made it possible for us to have Solemn Mass.
So it was in the Pugin chapel at the Franciscan Retreat Centre at Pantasaph, where the courses took place, that Fr Hunwicke said his first Missa Cantata following his recent ordination, and his first Solemn mass, on the feast of St Anne. In fact, he told us that he'd never done Missa Solemnis as an Anglican, and he was able to practice the role of subdeacon at four Masses in quick succession, with the expert guidance of the LMS Chaplain, Fr Andrew Southwell.
We asked him to give 'first blessings' (ie, of a newly ordained priest), after the Missa Cantata celebrated in Pantasaph, and again after the Solemn Mass we had in Holywell, when more people were present.
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