The annual Traditional Requiem, sponsored by the Latin Mass Society, took place yesterday; here are some photographs.
Celebrated by Fr Edward van den Burgh of the London Oratory, assisted by Fr Nicholas Edmunds-Smith of the Oxford Oratory and Br Albert Robertson OP.
Mass was accompanied by the Schola Abelis of Oxford under Dominic Bevan.
I am very grateful to Fr John Saward of SS Gregory & Augustine's for the loan of the candlesticks and other items used in the Requiem.
'Not in the hands of boys, but in their eyes,
Shall shine the holy glimmer of goodbyes.' (Wilfrid Owen.)
No candles at the Gospel: the acolytes stand by the deacon singing the Gospel, but without their candles.
This isn't the first time I've managed to organise a High Mass for this occasion, though most of these, since I started them in 2013, have been Sung Masses without deacon and subdeacon. With the catafalque, there is not an abundance of space, but it is possible.
I organise Masses in a number of rather small churches and chapels, and the small catafalque (which is a console table the rest of the time), with the pall which covers it exactly, has been in many of them. The rather small thurible I also aquired with such chapels in view, which tend to be the ones without thuribles of their own.
In St Benet's there is an additional difficulty of celebrating ad orientem with the altar close to the edge of the step. The footpace used yesterday is a wooden platform made specially for this purpose.
The capacity of the chapel is extremely limited, but a decent crowd came along.
May the deceaed alumni, staff, and benefactors of the Hall rest in peace.
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