Saturday, September 8, 2012

The Nativity of BVM celebrated with Missa Solemnis at Brinkburn Priory

It was a delightful sunny day at Brinkburn Priory - former home of Augustinian canons - on Saturday 8th September 2012 for the 11th celebration of Holy Mass in the Extraordinary Form of the Roman Rite.  It was a Solemn High Mass

The celebrant was Fr Michael Brown - Northern Chaplain of the LMS and Parish Priest of St Mary's, Forest Hall - deacon was Fr David Phillips - Parish Priest of St Mary & St Thomas, Stella - while sub-deacon was Rev Andrew Bunce - transitional deacon.  Our usual visiting choir was The Rudgate Singers from York who sang the Ordinary of the Mass to Monteverdi's setting Messa a 4 Da Capella.  During Mass they sang Victoria's Ave Maria at the Offertory, Guerrero's O Domine Jesu Christe at the Communion and Michael Praetorius' setting of Salve Regina immediately after Mass.  The Schola Sancti Baedae sang the Proper of the Mass in Gregorian Chant from the Liber Usualis.  The serving team was comprised of servers from Barnard Castle, Gateshead, Morpeth and Forest Hall.

After the poor turnout in 2011 (largely, we feel, due to dreadful weather) it was touch & go whether today's Mass went on.  Our faith was rewarded with a congregation of about 40.  It was a great pleasure and priviledge to have in the congregation Fra Matthew Festing - Grand Master of the Sovereign Military Order of Malta - accompanied by one of his Australian chaplains.  Also supporting today's Mass was Neil Walker - our fellow LMS Representative from Leeds & Salford dioceses. 

1 comment:

  1. Dear David and Teresa,
    Thank you for all the hard work you put into organizing today's beautiful Mass and of course to the clergy.