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Tuesday, 10 January 2012

Ordinariate anniversary celebration


The Ordinariate of Our Lady of Walsingham is celebrating the first anniversary of its foundation with Evensong and Benediction at St James's, Spanish Place, next Sunday 15 January at 5pm. The Ordinary, Mgr Keith Newton will be the celebrant.

I love the idea of Evensong and Benediction, combining the best of the Anglican patrimony with the quintessentially Catholic service of adoration of the Blessed Sacrament. I regret that I will not be able to be there as I have my own evening Mass in the parish, but I would very much like to host a celebration of Evensong and Benediction at Blackfen some time.

It would be particularly good to have the psalms sung according to the beautiful four part settings that I became familiar with many years ago at various chapels in Oxford. They could be a part of "mutual enrichment" if Catholic choirs singing Mass in English were to use them for the psalm at Mass, as used to happen at St Aloysius when I was in the choir there.

UPDATE: Also sung Evensong and Benediction at The Chapel of St. John Fisher, Guildhall Street, Cambridge on Sunday 22 January, 6pm. This is catching on ...
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