Wednesday, October 01, 2008

A group...

...of young people, involved in theatre, writing, or the arts in general, gather for Mass together regularly at the Church of Our Lady and St Gregory in Warwick Street , just off Piccadilly Circus. It's the only surviving church in London that has a direct link going back to the old Embassy Chapels - it was originally the Portugese, later the Bavarian, embassy chapel. In the days when the practice of the Catholic faith was outlawed in England, and Catholics in London could go to Mass there in safety as such churches were technically foreign soil so the penal laws did not apply.On a cold wet evening, it was rather exciting to dive into the basement - for this small group, Mass was being said there rather than in the church above - and find an altar and glowing candles, and everything set for the sacred mysteries.

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