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Saturday, 15 March 2008

Cardinal Hoyos to visit England

Cardinal Dario Castrillon Hoyos will be coming to England to celebrate Pontifical High Mass in the Traditional Latin Rite at Westminster Cathedral on Saturday 14 June 2008 at 2pm.

Cardinal Hoyos is the President of the Ecclesia Dei Commission in Rome, charged with oversight of the Vatican’s relations with the religious communities and laity committed to the Extraordinary Form of the Roman Rite.

The Cardinal will give and address at the AGM of the Latin Mass Society in the morning. For the Pontifical Mass, he will be welcomed at the west door of the Cathedral in cappa magna before processing to the Blessed Sacrament Chapel to pray; he will then vest in the sanctuary whilst the Cathedral choir sings. Pontifical High Mass will then be celebrated at the High Altar with all the awesome ceremony and music integral to the Traditional Rite.

Julian Chadwick, Chairman of the LMS, said,
“This is the highlight of the LMS’s 43 years of struggle on behalf of the Traditional Latin Rite. It will be the first time since the liturgical changes of 1969 that a Cardinal will have celebrated the Extraordinary Form in Westminster Cathedral [Note: Cardinal Alfons Stickler, Vatican Librarian Emeritus who died in December last year, presided at a High Mass in the Cathedral organised by the LMS in 1992 but did not celebrate]. Cardinal Castrillon Hoyos has been unstinting in his work on behalf of the Extraordinary Form and this Mass is a clear signal from Rome that it wants the Traditional Rite reinserted into the heart of the Church’s liturgical activity. We are extremely grateful to Cardinal Cormac Murphy-O’Connor for readily agreeing to this Mass and to Mgr Mark Langham, the Cathedral Administrator, and all his staff for their help with all the arrangements. This Mass literally represents the prayers of many thousands of LMS members and supporters offered up through the years and now come true.”
Do put the date in your diary - it is important that the Cathedral should be packed for this historic event.
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