Updated! Lots more photos and commentary to follow, now the conference is over (and I'm back at my computer).
Bishop Malcolm McMahon, Bishop of Nottingham, celebrated the opening Mass for the LMS Priest Training Conference in the large school chapel of Ratcliffe College, our venue.
I will update this post when I next get a chance, but that won't be for a couple of days.
After visiting the Blessed Sacrament chapel, Bishop McMahon vests in the sanctuary. He puts on the vestments of a deacon and a priest before his own chasuble. (Yes, this is all supposed to happen this way!)
When moving to the foot of the Altar, and again when preaching, he wears his mitre and holds his crozier.
But they are held for him when he's not using them.
Ratcliffe College has an unusual chapel - it looks to me pre-Conciliar, but very late, so maybe 1950s.
Say what you like about the style, the sight-lines are fantastic.
The Sermon. Bishop McMahon preached on Our Lady as a spiritual model for all Christians.
Bishop McMahon is blessed with incense. He puts his mitre on again for this. Maybe someone can explain why it is a different mitre. (Before Mass, the two mitres, one gold and the other white with gold embroidery, are propped up at either end of the altar.)
The Pax. The bishop gives each of the clergy the pax, not just (as the celebrant in Solemn Mass does) the deacon).
After un-vesting, Bishop McMahon processes out.
Bishop McMahon gave conference participants a very warm welcome, in a little talk after dinner, and we had a very stimulating discussion.
I had not met Bishop McMahon before, and I am very glad to have done so. He takes a real interest in the liturgy, and is still the only Ordinary in England and Wales to have celebrated the Extraordinary Form in publicly in his own diocese, something he has done now a few times. I know this is old hat in the USA, but the kind of Mass described in this post is still very rare here, and it was a privilege to be able to attend and photograph it. It is wonderful to be see a bishop treated like a bishop, and acting like a bishop, in the liturgy.
The assistant priest, wearing the cope, was Canon Montjean of the Institute of Christ the King, who liturgical experience was hugely appreciated.
I'll blog more about the conference in the days to come. More photos are uploading.