Sunday, 14 November 2010

Missa Cantata at St Anthony of Padua

St Anthony of Padua Church,
Photo courtesy of Joseph Shaw:

Those at Mass today for this Remembrance Sunday will have heard me speaking of Fr Aldo Tapparo, Parish Priest of St Anthony of Padua, Oxford, and hard working Chaplain at the John Radcliffe Infirmary - a great friend to me and to many other priests. I was speaking about his efforts recognising the spontaneous growth of prayers and respect for the deceased soldiers whose bodies come past his church at the gates of the hospital on their journey home from Afghanistan, via RAF Brize Norton to the JR Infirmary before going on to their families. He has had a flag pole installed so that the Union Flag can be flown at half mast on these occasions and the church used as a gathering place (it is always open anyway each and every day for prayer).

It happens that he offered Missa Cantata in his parish yesterday. You can see some footage of the Mass (with some lovely singing) at the site of the Oxford University Gregorian Chant Society:

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