Yesterday the Latin Mass Society's annual Mass of Reparation for Abortion took place at the Shrine of Our Lady of Guadalupe, in the church of the Holy Child and St Joseph in Bedford.
The celebrant was Fr Gerald Byrne, deacon Fr Michael Cullinan, and the subdecaon Fr Gregory Pearson OP. It was accompanied by chant and polyphony.
It was a Votive Mass of Our Lady of Guadalupe, a feast proper to the United States of America. Under the rules of the 1962, a Mass formulary authorised for anywhere in the world can be celebrated as a Votive Mass. Most of the chants are specially composed for this Mass.
People come long distances for this Mass, and Bedford is of course a regular centre for the Traditional Mass: the Fraternity of St Peter celebrate it on Sundays in another church, Christ the King.