This took place last Saturday. We were able to have this Mass last year, but without a congregation! It was good this year to have Mass with the faithful.
The Church of St Joseph, Bedford, is home to a special image of Our Lady of Guadalupe, which has been touched to the original in Mexico. It seems an appropriate place to have an annual Mass of Reparation for Abortion. The first of these took place in response to the Irish referendum on abortion in 2018. The Mass is a Votive Mass of Our Lady of Guadalupe: the propers can be found in Missal supplements for the USA.
The Mass this year was offered by Mgr Gordon Read, the Latin Mass Society's National Chaplain, with the assistence of as Fr Michael Cullinan deacon and Fr Gabriel Diaz as subdeacon. It was accompanied by Dominic Bevan and the Southwell Consort, who were excellent as always. They sang:
Mass setting: Tomas Luis de Victoria - Missa Trahe Me Post Te
Offertory motet: Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina - Ave Maria a 5
Communion motet: Juan Gutierrez de Padilla - Stabat Mater
Photos by Peter Jones.
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