Tuesday, 29 May 2018

Successful Masses this term

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The Masses we have accompanied this term so far have been exceptionally interesting: notably, the Vigil of Pentecost in the Dominican Rite (above), and the Emeber Saturday of Pentecost (below), each with more chants than the standard Mass formulary, with Alleluia verses between the Prophecies in the 'vigil' part of the service. We provided relatively large scholas, of eight, for each of these occasions, which is particularly good going for the exam season.

Saturday, 14 April 2018

Term Card for Trinity Term 2018

2nd Week
4th May, English Martyrs: 7:30pm
Church of the English Martyrs, Didcot

4th Week
19th May, Vigil of Pentecost, 10:30am
Blackfriars, Oxford

5th Week
26th May, Ember Saturday of Pentecost (Whit Saturday), 11:30am
Holy Rood, Abingdon Road, Oxford

7th Week
9th June, Votive Mass of the Blessed Virgin Mary, 11:30am
Milton Manor House, Milton, near Didcot

8th Week
Friday 15th June Votive Mass pro remissione peccatorum
6pm Sung Mass SS Gregory & Augustine’s

Saturday, 10 March 2018

Holy Trinity, Hethe: the Traditional Mass returns

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Archbishop Longley celebrating EF Pontifical Low Mass in January 2017, in Holy Trinty

I am pleased to be able to announce that thanks to the good will and hospitality of the Archdiocese and of the Parish Priest, Canon John Batthula, the Traditional Mass will once again be celebrated on Sundays at Holy Trinity, Hethe.

In the absence of a resident priest, there will be Sung EF Masses at Hethe at 12 noon on the 2nd Sunday of each month and on the last Sunday of each month. The first of these will be Palm Sunday, Sunday 24th March, to be celebrated, with the blessing of palms, by Fr James Mawdsley FSSP. 

Not having every Sunday covered is not the ideal but two Sundays a month is a very positive step, on which it may be possible to build. It is a very special church, and we have a very loyal schola and congregation which I hope can be preserved and nurtured.

Monday, 29 January 2018

Dominican Mass for St Thomas Aquinas

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Accompanying this Mass last Saturday, singing Dominican chant, won our first (as far as I know) Twitter accolade:


The singing was absolutely splendid, btw. Really beautifully done.

Glad you liked it!

Tuesday, 9 January 2018

Term Card for Hillary Term 2018

2nd Week

Sat 27th Jan Votive of St Thomas Aquinas
11am High Mass Blackfriars (Dominican Rite)


4th Week

Sat 10th Feb St Scholastica 
11:30am Sung Mass Holy Rood, Abingdon Rd


6th Week

Thurs 22nd Feb Chair of St Peter
English Martyrs Church, 15 Manor Crescent,
Didcot OX11 7AJ


Sat 24th Feb St Matthias
LMS Pilgrimage to Our Lady of Caversham
High Mass, 11:30amOur Lady & St Anne, 2 South View Avenue,
Reading RG4 5AB


8th Week

Wed 7th March Sung Requiem
6.pm SS Gregory & Augustine's, Oxford

Tuesday, 24 October 2017

First Mass of the academic year, Blackfriars

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The Schola Abelis fielded what I think is the biggest group of singers we have ever had in one service, for the Latin Mass Society's Oxford Pilgrimage: fifteen, including our professional Director, Dominic Bevan, and the photographer of this picture (me).

The Mass was Intret in conspectu for the Martyrs of Oxford University, a feast specific to the Archdiocese of Birmingham, celebrated as a Votive Mass for the occasion of the pilgrimage. We sang the Dominican Rite versions of the chants where possible (the Alleluia does not appear in the 'Suarez' Dominican Graduale), with a Dominican Rite Ordinary.

The Mass itself was a Dominican Rite High Mass, with deacon and subdeacon.

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Saturday, 15 July 2017

Term Card for Michaelmas 2017

This is mostly confirmed.

Term Card for Michaelmas Term 2017

2nd Week
Sat 21st Ocober 11am
LMS Oxford Pilgrimage:
Martyrs of Oxford University
Blackfriars, Oxford
followed by procession and Benediction

3rd Week
Saturday 28th October 11:30am
SS Simon and Jude
Our Lady of Light, Long Crendon 
4 Chearsley Rd, Long Crendon, Aylesbury HP18 9BS

4th Week
Thursday 2nd November 7pm
Commemoration of the Faithful Departed (All Souls)
English Martyrs, Didcot,
15 Manor Cres, Didcot OX11 7A

6th Week
Saturday 18th November, 11:30am TBC
High Mass of Requiem
St Benet's Hall Chapel, 38 St Giles, Oxford OX1 3LN

7th Week
Wednesday 22nd November, 6pm
St Cecelia
SS Gregory & Augustine's, Oxford

Christmas Vacation
Saturday 23rd December, 11:30am TBC
Ember Saturday of Advent
Holy Rood, 38 Abingdon Road, Oxford OX1 4PD

President: Jēkabs Jurdžs (Wycliffe Hall)
Secretary: John Aulis (St Anthony's)
Treasurer: Andrew Auty