Here are some photos of the last one, the first High Mass we have had there with the new Parish Priest, Fr Paul Lester, and quite probably since the 1960s.
For the Third Sunday of Lent we had our first High Mass at Holy Trinity - the first, at any rate, with Fr Paul Lester. Though it is a small church there is plenty of room for the ceremonies in the sanctuary. In the old days churches were built with this in mind, even if it was not a frequent occurrence.
As you can see from the photographs, High Mass involves at a number of points two layers, as it were, of activity: the celebrant at the Altar and other things taking place in the space between the bottom of the Altar steps and the Communion rails. This can be difficult even in a much larger church if there is a free-standing Altar.
Mass was glorious. We had an unusually big schola, thanks to the Schola Abelis joining the usual schola of three or four. The little choir loft was at capacity with seven of us - one thing the church was not built for was a huge choir. But seven is a good number even for a much bigger church.
The vestments belong to the Latin Mass Society.
The next Sung Mass at Holy Trinity, Hethe, is Low Sunday, Sunday 12th April.
More photographs here.
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