Welcome to the site for News, Events and up-to-date Information on Traditional Catholicism in the West Midlands (UK). I am one of the Diocesan Representatives for the Latin Mass Society of England & Wales for the Promotion of the Traditional Roman Rite.

Sunday, 27 February 2011

Saturday 26th March

Assuming payments all arrive, the coach is now full for the York Pilgrimage. Thanks to everyone for supporting this LMS national initiative which is being organised by Paul Waddington. The Minster is a large church and I'm glad we're helping to fill it!

Due to the coach trip there will likely be no 9:30am Mass at the Oratory on that day

UPDATE: The Order of Service is now on-line. Although there will be copies available on the day in B&W, the organisers have recommended you print your own just in case there is a mad rush!

Saturday, 19 February 2011

Birmingham LMS Flickr Map

Sadly I cannot yet embed it along with the calendar on the side-bar, but here is my Flickr Map showing where and when all my Latin Mass photos were taken.

Friday, 18 February 2011

West Heath Low Mass Photos

Feria (6th Sunday after Epiphany)

Harvington Hall Photos

5th Sunday after Epiphany

Sunday, 13 February 2011

School Mass

Preparing the High Altar

Fr George Grynowski at St John Fisher, West Heath, is undertaking a bold thing; introducing the Traditional Latin Mass to his local school children; Thursday March 3rd at 9:30am. It will be a Low Mass served by one of the school pupils and will be a votive Mass for the Blessed Sacrament. There will also be commentary at various points, as suggested by De Musica Sacra (1958). It is open to the public.

Friday, 11 February 2011


Graeme le Monnier, one time representative of the LMS in Birmingham and continuous supporter of the Traditional Liturgy, died last week.

His funeral will be Wednesday 16th February at 11.30am and may be a Missa Cantata. The coffin will be received into Birmingham Oratory the night before. Let's pray for him.

Requiescat in Pace

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Saturday, 5 February 2011

Blessing of the Throats

"Per intercessionem Sancti Blasii, episcopi et martyris, liberet te Deus a malo gutturis,
 et a quolibet alio malo. In nomine Patris, et Filii +, et Spiritus Sancti. Amen."
Yesterday evening, in addition to the First Friday Mass for the Sacred Heart of Jesus, Fr George Grynowski kindly gave the Blessing of the Throats. This is usually a blessing reserved to 3rd February for the commemoration of St Blase. Here is an extract of the blessing, although the first part was done in the sacristy before Mass:
Sacred Heart Chapel
O God most powerful and most kind, Who didst create all the different things in the world by the Word alone, and Whose will it was that this Word by Which all things were made should become incarnate for the remaking of mankind; Thou Who art great and limitless, worthy of reverence and praise, the worker of wonders; for Whose sake the glorious Martyr and Bishop, St. Blaise, joyfully gained the palm of martyrdom, never shrinking from any kind of torture in confessing his faith in Thee; Thou Who didst give to him, amongst other gifts, the prerogative of curing by Thy power every ailment of men’s throats; humbly we beg Thee in Thy majesty not to look upon our guilt, but, pleased by his merits and prayers, in Thine awe-inspiring kindness, to bless+this wax created by Thee and to sanc+tify it, pouring into it Thy grace; so that all who in good faith shall have their throats touched by this wax may be freed from every ailment of their throats through the merit of his suffering, and, in good health and spirits, may give thanks to Thee in Thy holy Church and praise Thy glorious name, which is blessed for ever and ever. Through our Lord, Jesus Christ, Thy Son, Who with Thee lives and reigns, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, God, world without end. Amen.
A translation of the Blessing used on the throats is ; "Through the intercession of Saint Blase, Bishop and Martyr, may God deliver you from sickness of the throat and from every other evil. In the name of the Father, and of the Son, + and of the Holy Spirit. Amen." I'm sure it's a blessing always welcome at this time of year!
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