It is my pleasant duty to organise a Requiem each year for the deceased members, benefactors, and staff for my home institution within the University of Oxford, the Benedictine foundation, St Benet's Hall. It was particularly good to attend it this year, as it did not take place in 2020 due to the Covid epidemic.
It is always said by Fr Edward van den Burgh of the London Oratory, an alumnus of the Hall, and accompanied with chant by the Schola Abelis, Oxford's Catholic chant schola, which I founded. This year we were directed by Matthew Vine.
We usually manage a High Mass, as this year. The deacon was the Rev James Forde-Johnson, a permanent deacon, and the subdeacon was Dominican from just down the road in Blackfriars, Br Albert Robertson.
It is a photograph of this Mass from a previous year which adorns the front cover of the Catholic Truth Society booklet which I wrote, How to Attend the Extraordinary Form.
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