Monday, March 31, 2014
LMS Pilgrimage to Caversham 2014
I didn't take proper cameras to Caversham but here are a few IPhone snaps. It was the Ember Saturday of Lent, a deeply impressive Mass which we celebrated in full (there is a cut-down option).
The first part of the service consists of five prophecies with collects and graduals in between, culminating in the story of the three young men thrown into the fiery furnace in Daniel, and a wonderful chant setting of their Canticle of praise. Then there is Mass - Epistle, Gospel and all. It was in origin a vigil, with the Mass part starting at dawn; that's why the Gospel is the same on the Sunday following (ie originally it was the Gospel for the Sunday, there was no other Mass on the Sunday).
Our Lady of Caversham is also a wonderful shrine, and it is nice to combine our visit to her with this feast of devotion.
Here's a rather nice picture of St Philomena, with her devoted client St Jean Vianney, from a screen in the church (currently in the sacristy).
Don't forget the LMS Pilgrimage to SS Peter & Paul & Philomena, where we will venerate a first-class relic of St Philomena, on Sat 2nd August.