Wednesday, May 04, 2016

...and there's a good report on the Procession...

...plus some more pix, here...

Monday, May 02, 2016

May...

...and a traditional May Procession through the streets of The Borough, London Bridge.

We prayed the Rosary, sang "Ave, Ave, Maria..." and it was a golden sunny morning, and the streets were crowded and busy. It was glorious.



Sunday, May 01, 2016

Women priests and all that...

...read Auntie in The May issue of The Portal...

Saturday, April 30, 2016

800 years...

...of the Order of Preachers (Dominicans) was marked on the feast of St Catherine of Sienna with a glorious Vespers at Westminster Cathedral.  It was a fine sight to see the long columns of  - mainly young -  Dominicans in their white robes, followed by  clergy including red-clad Cardinal Cormac Murphy-O'Connor, various Bishops, and finally  Archbishop Vincent Nichols in cope and mitre, proceeding to the sanctuary in a packed cathedral.  A most heartening  afternoon - inspirational.  I had been reading about the prospects for Britain and for Europe generally...one of those feature articles that points to the inexorable rise of Islam and the prospects for our future...it was good to be reminded that we can, must and will keep the Faith alive here...

We had some splendid hymns including my favourite "For all the saints..." which we sang at Cofton Park, when beloved Pope Benedict XVI celebrated the beatification Mass for Bl John Henry Newman.... We sang with gladness, and it is a joyful hymn but has a solemnity about it which strikes a deep echo today: "The golden evening brightens in the west..."

Afterwards, much talk at a gathering in the Throne Room at Archbishop's House...and in fact the whole of the building, and more,  was being used as there was also a gathering in the Cathedral Hall, and in addition a room at the nearby Windsor Castle pub had also been pressed into service...and then later people were still chatting away as they made their final goodbyes in the piazza and Victoria Street.

This was one of those days when you could see English Catholicism in action and listen to its heartbeat. Pounding steadily with a strong and healthy rhythm, I would say.

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Sound words on AMORIS LAETITIA...

...from a Bishop. Read here...

Monday, April 25, 2016

...and while thinking about all things English...re Shakespeare's anniversary...

...read Auntie here...

to Darlington....

...and thence to Gainford, where the Darlington Ordinariate Group is now based. An enchanting village church, and a wonderful neighbourly spirit...a grand Dinner for St George's Day, with Henry V's speech before Harfleur, and roastbeefandYorkshirepudding, and  the arrival of St George in full armour...We sang "Rose of England" which to my shame I had not heard before...and then finished with the National Anthem which  virtually lifted the roof from the village hall...

Next morning, a robed choir with crisp white surplices accompanied a most glorious Mass, with a full church and lots of altar servers and a great roar of voices for all the Mass responses.

Later at lunch, lively conversation and also thoughtful discussion about the future of things...Britain...the Ordinariate...evangelisation...challenges...

Saturday, April 23, 2016

The Bishops...

...have issued  a special prayer for the Queen to be used in all parishes to mark her 90th Birthday. It is rather moving and they are also recommending the book The Servant Queen and the King she Serves...

Leading students from...

....St Mary's Twickenham, on a Catholic History Walk around Westminster. A pleasant and friendly group - I explained that, if it rained, we'd get wet, and no point in worrying too much about it, and there were  general grins and goodwill.  Anyone who has been through a British education over the past few years has been taught very little history, and they enjoy learning: eager faces, much scrabbling for notebooks and jotting-things-down at various points. They were reverent in Westminster Cathedral, especially  before the Blessed sacrament,  kept pace as worked our way down Ambrosden Aenue and Great Peter Street talking through the events of the through the 19th, 16th, and  11th centuries, and joined in a good discussion about words and meanings as we explored the origins of Horseferry Road and thought about that word fer, which gives us transfer,  prefer, refer...

Most of today's school pupils are allowed to learn very little poetry: when I quoted Wordsworth  On Westminster Bridge it didn't register so they couldn't respond with any opinion  when I asked whether he was any good as a poet (daffodils?).

It was a two-hour walk.Over a well-deserved cup of tea near Westminster Bridge we continued the discussion about words. I asked about the ubiquitous "like" which patters its way into every senetence, every phrase, with incessant repetition. One girl ventured an explanation which I think is useful "It's really about paraphrasing" she said  "You can't always repeat a conversation verbatim, so you say 'she was like'  instead of  'she said' because you don't want to claim you're being completely accurate." I think this is a fair point, and at least explains how the thing began. We must hope that , like, it will, like, eventually, like. move on....

I found these young people cheering. Some are going to World Youth Day. Two or three  plan to be RE teachers. Pottering home in the rain I felt a faint sense of comfort.


CHORAL EVENSONG...

...here on Thursday evening, with glorious music. Mass in the Ordinariate form.

This was the 5th anniversary of the South London Ordinariate group, and so much has happened in that time - an evening of celebration Supper aftewards and much lively talk...

Choral Evensong  and Mass will be celebrated every Thursday from now on through the summer term, all welcome: list of music here...