Monday, 17 November 2008

Traditional Confirmations

Forty children and five adults were confirmed at St James' Church, Spanish Place, last Saturday by Bishop George Stack according to the usus antiquior.

Over 500 family and friends joined the choir in singing the Veni Creator Spiritus and other traditional hymns. (During the anointing, the choir sang polyphony and plain chant.) After the confirmations, Bishop Stack conferred Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament.

Bishop Stack met the candidates informally in the Lady Chapel before the ceremony and gave an address, speaking of the grace of God.

a glitch in the day was that there was a power cut so the choir, having no light or organ in the choir loft, had to sing from the nave with a piano accompaniment. One of my servers who was present for the occasion said that he thought the Church looked magnificent in candlelight.
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