...as the Papal Nuncio concelebrated the first Chrism Mass for the Ordinariate of Our Lady of Walsingham. Over 60 former Anglican clergy, and five former Anglican bishops, all now in full Communion with the universal Church, were joined by a packed congregation at St James', Spanish Place...it was a great priviledge to be there and something that I will never forget.
Glorious music, a beautiful and reverent liturgy, the roar of strong voices affirming promises of commitment to the sacred priesthood, a fine sermon by Mgr Keith Newton. As has become a little tradition at Chrism Masses, members of the Association of Catholic Women handed out small holy cards to all the clergy as they arrived, with a message of thanks for the service they give to the Church.
The Sacred Oils were brought up to the altar in procession with the hosts and wine before the Offertory - the Sisters of the Ordinariate in their blue religious habits and veils,were in the procession bearing the gifts.
The Ordinariate of Our Lady of Walsingham. Deo Gratias.