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Fr Swales celebrates High Mass in Newcastle

A High Mass in the Extraordinary Form is celebrated at Newcastle Upon Tyne’s Catholic cathedral for only the second time since the Vatican II liturgical reforms

By on Wednesday, 15 December 2010

Fr Shaun Swales celebrates an Extraordinary Form Mass in the Cathedral Church of St Mary

Fr Shaun Swales celebrates an Extraordinary Form Mass in the Cathedral Church of St Mary

On Saturday November 20 a High Mass in the Extraordinary Form of the Roman Rite was celebrated in the Cathedral Church of St Mary, Newcastle Upon Tyne, for only the second time since the liturgical changes following the Second Vatican Council.

The Mass was organised by the local branch of the Latin Mass Society, which arranged a previous celebration in 2008. The cathedral dean, Fr Peter Leighton, and his curate, Fr Chris Warren, helped to make arrangements, and Fr Warren was present in choir on the day.

The celebrant was Fr Shaun Swales, the deacon was Fr David Phillips and the sub-deacon was Fr Michael Brown. The choir was that of St George’s Anglican church in Cullercoats, under the director Shaun Turnbull, and the organist was Peter Lock. The choir sang Victoria’s Missa O Quam Gloriosum, Missa de Angelis (Agnus Dei I and II), Viadana’s Exsultate Justi in Domino and Franck’s Panis Angelicus. The organist played Muffat’s Toccata at the Offertory and J S Bach’s Piece d’Orgue as the Recessional. The Proper of the Mass was sung by the newly named Schola Sancti Baedae from Jarrow under their director Dr Michael Dunn. David O’Neill was MC with Aidan McGregor as thurifer, Martin McGregor and Frank Walker, acolytes, and Keith McAllister, crucifer.

  • Bristow

    It's so nice to see that a Fraternity (FSSP) priest was not present, this is a good sign that their great work is bearing fruit. More and more religious & secular priest are begining to celebrate the Holy Mass in the EF, without assistance. And, as their confidence growes, so will the use of the EF expand across the UK. The LMS deserves great encouragement & praise for their fortitude in widening the range of the EF in this island.