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Tuesday, November 04, 2014
Breakthrough Traditional Mass in Norwich
On Saturday, All Saints' Day, Bishop Alan Hopes of East Anglia celebrated Mass in the Extraordinary Form in his cathedral in Norwich, 'from the throne'.
Various bishops have celebrated the Traditional Mass in various places, but this is the first celebration by a bishop in his own cathedral 'from the throne', that is, in the most solemn form.
Bishop Hopes is used to celebrating the EF; as an auxiliary bishop in Westminster he did this at least annually for the Latin Mass Society for a number of years.
We had been asking for Traditional Masses in Norwich Cathedral for some time, notably for a Requiem for a couple who were parishioners and had left money for this purpose. We were therefore delighted when Bishop Hopes told us, after his appointment to East Anglia, that he would break the ice by celebrating an EF Mass there himself.
Norwich cathedral is very impressive, and a wonderful setting for the Traditional Mass. We are very grateful to Bishop Hopes for making it happen.
Photos, from 'Juventutem London', here.
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