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LMS celebrates Solemn High Mass on feast day

The Latin Mass Society holds Solemn High Mass at Westminster Cathedral

By on Thursday, 31 March 2011

Fr Martin Edwards, deacon, intones the Gospel as Fr Andrew Southwell, celebrant, looks on (Photo: LMS)

Fr Martin Edwards, deacon, intones the Gospel as Fr Andrew Southwell, celebrant, looks on (Photo: LMS)

The Latin Mass Society (LMS) held its Morning Recollection and Solemn High Mass at Westminster Cathedral on the Feast of St Joseph.

The morning’s reflection focused on St Joseph and Lent, while the sun streamed through the Cathedral windows. The Solemn High Mass was celebrated in the afternoon. Fr Andrew Southwell, the national chaplain of the LMS, gave the Morning of Recollection at St Vincent’s Convent, Carlisle Place, close to the Cathedral. Nearly 60 people attended the event, exceeding the seating capacity of the meeting room so that extra chairs had to be brought in for those who arrived slightly late.

Fr Southwell covered a number of aspects of St Joseph and the season of Lent in his 90-minute talk which concluded with the Litany of St Joseph in Latin. Several people commented afterwards that they very much appreciated the insights given by Fr Southwell on Our Lady’s husband and foster-father to Our Lord.

Fr Southwell later celebrated High Mass in Westminster Cathedral in the afternoon. Fr Martin Edwards was deacon and Fr Patrick Hayward was subdeacon. A congregation of approximately 300 people attended the Mass.

The Cathedral Choir sang parts of Mozart’s Coronation Mass for the occasion.

  • simon strickland

    Of course one can not object to the Latin Mass but it is backword looking and the language issue makes nonsense of it. But to see priests wearing the full old regalia is objectionable. The photo reminded me of my days at WCCS when I understood little of what was going on but enjoyed the music.