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Saturday 26 May 2012

Extraordinary Form Mass for Primary School Children

Melanie Bullivant has the following report:

On Thursday 24th May 2012, Fr. George Grynowski celebrated Mass according to the usus antiquior for the Junior school children of St. John Fisher Primary School, West Heath, Birmingham.

It was the second annual Extraordinary Form Mass with the children and was preceded by an assembly in school the day before, during which Fr. George gave the children a short talk about the history of the Mass and explained the differences between the Ordinary and Extraordinary forms.

Today’s Low Mass included three commentaries, which the children read before the Offertory, before the Canon and after Holy Communion.

The Regina Caeli was sung after Mass, following a request from one of the children in the assembly. The children completed a written reflection about the Mass when they returned to school. The many positive comments included, “I liked that it was spoken in Latin, how it should be all the time”; “It is silent and more peaceful” and “It was quiet which gave me more time to pray”. One third of the children in Year 5 said they preferred Mass in the Extraordinary Form.

Friday 18 May 2012

Traditional Latin Confirmations

Bishop David McGough, auxiliary of Birmingham archdiocese for Staffordshire; confirmed six youngsters on Sunday 13th May according to the Extraordinary Form of the Roman Pontificale, at St Joseph's Church in Burslem, Stoke-on-Trent.

The Sacrament of Confirmation is the last of the Catholic Rites of Initiation, usually following Baptism and First Holy Communion. It is traditionally administered by the local Bishop, and provision in the UK, using the Extraordinary Form, has been very sparse. It is usually only an annual ceremony in London organised by the Latin Mass Society.

The Bishop entered the sanctuary in simple procession, with cope, mitre and crozier, flanked by Deacons and Acolytes ready to take his pontificalia in veiled hands. As the Bishop sat in throne on the Epistle side of the sanctuary, the confirmands approached with their sponsors to receive the sacrament whilst knelt in prayer.

His Lordship, having imparted the Pontifical blessing, returned to the Sacristy to prepare for Mass.

After the ceremony the regular Sunday evening Mass, commemorating the Feast of Our Lady of Fatima, was sung in its solemn form before His Lordship who sat in Choir. He preached on various issues at large today, and of particular significance to 'traditionalists', which were clearly heartfelt.

The parish church, recently having undergone urgent structural repairs, is under the care of the Franciscan Friars of the Immaculate; an order famed for their 'Day with Mary' outreach, and their regular use of the Old Roman Rite.

The evening culminated in a hearty supper prepared by regulars to the Franciscan's family days, which happen once per month. It was truly an honour to have such ceremony outside the Capital, and our particular thanks go to Fr Agnellus Murphy (parish priest) and His Lordship, who made the day possible.
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