Solemn High Mass was offered on the occasion of a fiftieth Wedding Anniversary. The Missal allows for Mass in honour of the Blessed Virgin Mary or in honour of the Blessed Trinity (the latter was chosen). Mass was followed by the moving blessing provided in the Ritual for a Golden Jubilee.
St Catherine's here in Farington, Leyland, is a small church and only once before in recent times have we been able to offer Solemn Mass (on major feasts we usually offer a Missa Cantata) so great care had to be taken in making sure we could offer the Mass in a fitting and dignified way with all the Sacred Ministers and servers that Solemn Mass involves. It was a great occasion and much appreciated by a congregation that filled the church for the occasion (including the vocal support of a baby's voice which can be heard on the video clips at various times!) My thanks, not only to the baby but especially to those who provided the rest of the music, raising our hearts and minds to God and helping to provide an atmosphere of prayer. It is one of the beauties of the Mass, when celebrated in the manner which the Church prescribes, that it gives so much space for ALL those who are there, whether they come in joy or sadness at that particular moment, that it allows each individual (in the presence of the believing community) to bring their needs and worship to Almighty God.