Wednesday, August 1, 2012

Back from Rome

Together with Fr Michael Brown & 6 parishioners we stayed for 7 nights at Villa Palazzola - the English College summer villa on Lake Albano just opposite Castelgandolfo. We were fortunate in having one EF Mass in the villa chapel celebrated by Fr Brown.

On the final Friday Theresa & I visited Rome in absolutely scorching temperatures (40 degrees at noon) and heard Mass in St Peter's. It was an Italian OF Mass which goes to show that the loss of Latin in the Mass is greatly watering down the universality of the Church.

Whilst in Rome (and through the good offices of HE David Smith the Lieutenant for England & Wales) we were given a guided tour of the HQ of my Order - the Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulchre of Jerusalem - which was most interesting.

Sadly for us our Holy Father was (sensibly) taking it easy at Castelgandolfo so we were unable to attend his Angelus which only occurs on Sundays.

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