Last evening we had a very special Mass at Holy Rood in Oxford. It was preceded by the reception into the Church (and Confirmation) of a University student, and by way of celebration we had a really splendid Mass: High Mass with deacon and subdeacon, a polyphonic choir singing Palestrina, and an organist. We also had a splendid team of servers.
The architecture of Holy Rood is not what one might prefer but it does have an excellent acoustic and unimpeded sight-lines, and I got some nice photos of this lovely event.
The parish priest, Fr Daniel Lloyd, was celebrant; he was assisted by Rev James Forde-Johnson as deacon and Br Albert Robertson OP as subdeacon. The singing was led by Dominic Bevan, with Tom Neal at the organ. But to experience that, you had to be there.
The music was sponsored by the Latin Mass Society and the vestments used belong to the Society. They were purchased in memory of John Herbert and Josephine Smith, who left the Society a legacy. Please remember them, and our new recruit to the army of Christ.
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