Saturday, 24 December 2011

Happy Christmas!

I know it's a bit early but as I probably will not have time to blog over the next week or so.
I hope all of you and your families have a very happy, holy and blessed Christmas!

Saturday, 17 December 2011

Novena prayer to the Holy Infant King

O Divine Infant Jesus, I have recourse to thee. Please, through Thy Blessed Mother, assist me in this necessity...(mention intention here), because I firmly believe that Thy Divinity can help me. I hope with confidence to obtain Thy holy grace. I love Thee with all my heart and with all the strength of my soul. I repent sincerely of my sins and I beg Thee, O Good Jesus, to grant me the strength to triumph over them. I resolve never more to offend Thee and I come to offer myself to Thee with the intention of enduring everything rather than to displease Thee. Henceforth, I desire to serve Thee with fidelity and, for the love of Thee, O Divine Infant, I will love my neighbour as myself. All powerful Infant, O Jesus, I implore Thee again, assist me in this need. Grant me the grace of possessing Thee eternally with Mary and Joseph and of adoring Thee with the angels in the heavenly court. Amen.


Saturday, 10 December 2011

Getting ready for Gaudete!

Tomorrow there will be a Solemn High Mass for Gaudete Sunday at the Birmingham Oratory. Check out these vestments:
Notice that even the cinctures are rose!

I am not sure what the Kyrie is going to be because Mozart wrote several Missa Brevis!
The Sanctus and the Agnus Dei are from Plainchant Mass XVII

Sunday, 4 December 2011

Second High Mass

Today we went to the (now weekly) Solemn High Mass at the Birmingham Oratory. The Fathers have begun to have a High EF Mass every week instead of the Novus Ordo High Mass they used to have.
Last week the Mass setting that they used was beautiful. It was Josquin des Prez's Missa de Beata Virgine with Credo III. (Which has a very long Sanctus by which I mean Father had reached the consecration and he had to wait about 5 minutes before he could go on. Which is not fun if you're holding a smoking thurible just below your face!)
The Mass setting today was a lot shorter (which was good as I was thurifer again!) It was Missa brevis, one of Palestrina's 105 Masses!
Here are videos of both of the Mass settings:

Kyrie from Missa de Beata Virgine

Kyrie from Missa brevis