Tuesday, 28 June 2011

No chasubles and was it really a chalice?

On Sunday evening I got back from a retreat. It was not the best one I have ever been on. The Faith Summer Break and the Saint Catherine's trust Summer School in my opinion are both better. ( I won't compare those two..) When we arrived at the retreat there was no Mass. The only Mass was on Saturday, a vigil Mass for Sunday and then there was not a chasuble in sight (could it have been the heatwave!?)  , just a stole and the chalice and the paten were pottery,
This is what the Catholic Encyclopedia has to say about it.
"According to the existing law of the Church the chalice, or at least the cup of it, must be made either of gold or of silver, and in the latter case the bowl must be gilt on the inside. In circumstances of great poverty or in time of persecution a calix stanneus (pewter) may be permitted, but the bowl of this also, like the upper surface of the paten, must be gilt."
So everything else was ok and all of the activities were good fun!

Friday, 24 June 2011

Corpus Christi

Happy Corpus Christi for yesterday!
I served for the high Mass at the Birmingham Oratory. There was quite a drama at the offertory, because the thurifer was ill and had to leave as the acolytes went to become torch-bearers... so the 1st acolyte became thurifer and I the boat boy/ 2nd thurifer became the 1st acolyte and then everything was "normal" until the end when there was the procession round the Church and I was 2nd thurifer as originally planned! At Benediction, the 1st thurifer and I got mixed up on our original sides so I was on the 1st thurifer's side and he was on mine but everything went ok!
At the end, I was asked to put out the candles but I could not reach the big six so I left them for someone a little taller to do! ( Hopefully they have been put out by now!)
The vestments were absolutely beautiful, the chalice was gold and silver and one of the nicest they have!

Wednesday, 22 June 2011

A Birthday

The Birthday cake!
Yesterday it was Margaret-Mary's birthday. After going to Mass we went out for breakfast at our local garden centre, unfortunately Dad could not come because he had to go to work. Her Birthday cake was in the shape of a horse's head laboriously made by Mom, Maria and Aunty Jo in the hours of the night!
The Birthday Girl

The birthday cake with candles

Monday, 20 June 2011

Fathers' Day

Yesterday (again!) after we got back from Mass, Dad cooked lunch for all 4 grandparents, us 5 kids, Himself and Mom! He did some pork for us Children, a bit of beef from Saturday night for His Mom and Dad and Mom's Dad and Mom did a risotto for Her and Her Mom who are vegetarians. After about an hour, a broken bottle of wine, and an incident with a recorder (not going into details...), they began arriving! 5 minutes later we began eating! It was one of the nicest meals ever and pudding was lovely. Lemon meringue cake, tiramisu and chocolate mousse with cream! After lunch we sat around talking and playing blind man's buff! At around 5 o'clock everyone went home and we had a lovely walk though the fields to end the day.

FSSP Seminarians

Yesterday at the Birmingham Oratory there were two FSSP seminarians sitting in choir, which with me, the other server and Father Anton, made an impressive procession to the Altar! Both of the seminarians were very young, by Mom's reckoning no older than thirty, which shows how bright a future the Church has got!

Saturday, 18 June 2011

Last day of Eastertide

Today is the last day of the octave of Pentecost and also the last day of Eastertide!
So that means that today is also the last day when the Regina Coeli may be sung, so until next year it's goodbye to the Regina Coeli!

Regina Coeli laetare, alleluia.
Quia quem meruisti potare alleluia.
Resurrexit sicut dixit, alleluia.
Ora pro nobis Deum, alleluia. 

And welcome to the Salve Regina until Advent!
P.S. But tomorrow at Church Father will wear white for Trinity Sunday!

Thursday, 16 June 2011

Octave of Pentecost

This week is the octave of Pentecost in the 1962 missal.
The octave of Pentecost is the most solemn octave of the Church's year along with Easter.
The Birmingham Oratory is marking this with a low mass every day,
along with their three other daily masses!
I have been privileged to serve all of the octave Masses so far.
Unfortunately we will not be able to go to the one on Saturday, because I have a
piano exam on that day!

The octave of Pentecost was abolished in 1969 (I think!) by Pope Paul VI,
so the novus ordo missal does not celebrate this great octave.

Wednesday, 15 June 2011

An Introduction

Me, Mom and Dad, my 4 sisters and a few animals and o yes and we're home schooled!
I hope that gives you a picture of life here.
I hope you enjoy future  posts on this blog!