Thursday, February 12, 2015

Candlemas in Oxford

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Earlier this month we had a beutiful High Mass for Candlemas, the feast of the Purification, in SS Gregory & Augustine. The blessed candles were distributed to the congregation, followed by a short procession, and then Mass.

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The lighting presented a challenge for photography. It is not just a matter of low light levels, but of the different shades of light: more and less yellow, shining in different directions. The candles are a 'warmer', more yellow light than the spot lights illuminating the Altar. They make the back wall look blue even when everything else looks rather orange. It wasn't really a problem for human beings present, we adjust mentally and think nothing of it, but it plays havoc with the technology.

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