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To God, Who giveth joy to my youth"
Tridentine Community News by Alex Begin (June 30, 2019):
June 30, 2019 – External Solemnity of the Sacred Heart
Extraordinary Faith Episode 17 – London Part 3 of 4 to Debut on EWTN on Saturday, July 6
EWTN has scheduled another batch of new episodes of Extraordinary Faith for airing over the next several weeks. Episode 17 is the third of four filmed in London, England, which this column has many times explained is a sort of Catholic liturgical paradise. Extraordinary Faith Episode 17 debuts on EWTN this Saturday, July 6 at 4:30 AM U.S. Eastern time.
The two previous London episodes showcased two of the prominent boys’ choirs in the city, the Westminster Cathedral Choir School and the Schola Cantorum of the London Oratory School. London has not neglected young ladies, however; indeed, across the Thames River, St. George’s Cathedral in Southwark has a girls’ choir, comprised largely of young ladies from immigrant families, who have learned to sing the classical Latin repertoire. Even more impressive, because the choir director at the time of filming, Norman Harper, must play the organ accompaniment, he delegates the actual conducting of the choir to one of his more accomplished students. St. George’s experience proves that young singers not only can sing difficult material but they actually embrace the challenge.
The Tridentine Mass scene in England is so busy that there are not one but two organizations devoted to organizing and promoting Latin Liturgy. The first and larger of the two is the Latin Mass Society of England and Wales, which boasts its own office with full-time staff members in the Covent Garden theatre district of London. LMS Chairman Dr. Joseph Shaw tells us about the history and achievements of the LMS.
England is, of course, headquarters of the Anglican Church. England’s enthusiastic embrace of traditional Catholic liturgy, as well as the truths and beauty of our Faith, have not gone unnoticed by Anglicans. Msgr. Keith Newton, Ordinary of the Personal Ordinariate of Our Lady of Walsingham, explains the origins and purpose of the Ordinariate in welcoming Anglican convert clergy and faithful to the Catholic Church, including offering its own distinctive Anglican-like liturgy, depicted below at the Ordinariate’s Our Lady of the Assumption & St. Gregory Church.
One of the most accomplished adult choirs in the world is that of St. James Spanish Place Church. Its young music director Iestyn Evans tells us how this parish in the embassy district of London has been able to attract top local professional singers to its Latin-centric music program. St. James is known both for solemn Ordinary Form and Extraordinary Form Masses and regularly serves as the site for EF Confirmations in London.
Tridentine Masses This Coming Week
- Mon. 07/01 7:00 PM: High Mass at Our Lady of the Scapular (Most Precious Blood of Our Lord Jesus Christ)
- Tue. 07/02 7:00 PM: High Mass at Holy Name of Mary, Windsor (Visitation of the Blessed Virgin Mary)
- Fri. 07/05 7:00 PM: High Mass at Old St. Mary’s (St. Anthony Mary Zaccaria, Confessor) – Celebrant: Fr. David Bechill. Devotions to the Sacred Heart before Mass. Reception afterwards.
- Sat. 07/06 8:30 AM: Low Mass at Miles Christi (Saturday of Our Lady)