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Friday, 23 May 2008

Corpus Christi at Blackfen (and elsewhere)

Last evening at Blackfen, we celebrated High Mass for the feast of Corpus Christi. Many thanks to Deacon John Harrison (Deacon) and Fr Charles Briggs (Subdeacon) of St Mary's Chislehurst for assisting, as well as the Latin Mass Society regulars for providing the chant. Thanks also to Mulier Fortis for the photos above and below.

After Mass, we had a procession of the Blessed Sacrament within the Church grounds, singing the Pange Lingua and Sacris Solemniis etc.

Now, you might quite rightly say "But Father! Why did you have an Ombrellino for the outside procession instead of a canopy?" The answer is that we do not have a canopy - any more. There was one in the parish at one time as the following picture testifies; it shows a Blessed Sacrament Procession from, I think, the late 1950s, leaving the Church entrance and proceeding down the street:

So if anyone has a spare canopy, I'd be grateful to give it a good home. Otherwise, we're just going to have to get one made.

This photo from about the same time in Rome is perhaps what we should be aiming for:

Meanwhile, have a look also at Jackie's pictures of The Oratory, Birmingham. Solemn High Mass in the Extraordinary Rite for Corpus Christi

Click on the photos - you get them in absolutely massive resolution ;-)
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