Saturday 31 December 2011

Hillary Term Term Card

Christmas Vacation

6th January: Epiphany, 6pm
SS Gregory & Augustine's

First Week

Sunday 15th January, 12 noon
SS Gregory & Augustine's

Third Week

Thursday 2nd February: Purification of Our Lady, 6pm
SS Gregory & Augustine's

Fourth Week

Sunday 5th Februrary, Septuagesima, 11am,
St William of York, Reading

Saturday 11th February, Our Lady of Lourdes, 11.30am
Milton Manor, near Didcot

Sixth Week

Sunday 19th February Quinquagesima, 12 noon
SS Gregory & Augustine's

Wednesday 22nd February: Ash Wednesday, 6pm
SS Gregory & Augustine's

Seventh Week

Saturday 3rd March: Ember Saturday of Lent, 11am
St Anthony of Padua

Eighth Week

Saturday 10th March (Forty Martyrs), 11:30am
LMS Pilgrimage to Our Lady of Caversham
Our Lady and St Anne, Caversham, near Reading

Tenth Week

Sunday 18th March, Laetare Sunday, 12 noon
SS Gregory & Augustine's

Monday 19 December 2011

Final Mass of Michaelmas

We have been asked to sing at the regular monthly Sunday Traditonal Mass at SS Gregory and Augustine's, which takes place on the third Sunday of the month. So last Sunday we sang the Mass Rorate caeli desuper, the 4th Sunday of Advant. The texts of the chants are very much focused on the mystery of the Incarnation, and the role of Our Lady in it.
We'll be back to sing in SS Gregory and Augustine again for Epiphany, at 6pm. Till then, a very happy Christmas to all our supporters! IMG_8548

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. IMG_7789

The following weekend, we had our training day with a local chant expert, Chris Watson. IMG_0006
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.