Friday, 16 December 2011
More Masses of Michaelmas Term
Our first Mass of the term was the LMS Oxford Pilgrimage, always a splendid occasion, this year for the first time it was in the Dominican Rite, and we had to sing Dominican Chant. The priestly gesture, above, is not something you see in the Roman Rite. We also accompanied the procession to the site of the martyrdoms of 1589, with a newly blessed statue of Our Lady of Walsingham.
The following weekend, we had our training day with a local chant expert, Chris Watson.
The day was concluded with a Sung Requiem in the stunning church of St Birinus, which has a rood screen.
Among the later Masses of term (which included the Remebrance Sunday Mass, in the post below) was one in Mapledurham, a historic Catholoic house with a private chapel. This chapel, and its more hidden predecessors, was the centre of Catholic life for the area for centuries.
You can see more about this Mass here.