Thanks to Cathedral Dean, Fr Peter Leighton, for allowing an EF Solemn High Mass in St Mary's Cathedral, Newcastle upon Tyne today, the Feast of the Holy Relics of the Diocese.
The celebrant was Fr Michael Brown (St Mary's Forest Hall) Northern Chaplain of the LMS with Fr David Phillips (St Mary & St Thomas, Stella) as deacon and Fr Shaun Swales (SS Joseph, Patrick & Cuthbert, Coxhoe) as subdeacon. 2 other diocesan priests were in the congregation.
The Proper of the Mass was sung in Gregorian Chant by the Schola Sancti Baedae and the Ordinary of the Mass "Missa L'Hora Passa" by Viadana was sung by a choir directed by Shaun Turnbull. Both choirs also contributed motets, Brunkner's "Locus Iste" and "Attende Domine". Shaun Turnbull also played the entrance & recessional voluntaries on the organ.
There were 150-200 in the congregation.
Sadly our diocesan bishop, Rt Rev Seamus Cunningham, was unable to be present due to a full diary but we continue to hope that he may join our celebration in 2012.