Monday, 22 July 2013

High Mass in London

Last week members of the Military and Hospitaller Order of St Lazarus of Jerusalem - Grand Priory of Great Britain - met at St Patrick's Church in Soho Square, London to invest new members.  The Investiture was preceded by High Mass with one of our Chaplains, Fr Aldo Tapparo, as celebrant, myself as deacon and our Chancellor, Fr Mark Lawler, as sub-deacon.

The setting of the recently restored St Patrick's was indeed most splendid and enhanced by the beautiful music from Cantus Magnus "Messe de Nostre Dame" by Machaut (the first known complete Mass setting by a single composer - first written for Rheims Cathedral around 1350, a French setting in recognition of our guest of honour, HRH Prince Charles-Philippe d'Orléans, Duc d'Anjou, Grand Master Emeritus of the Order) and "O Sacrum Convivium" by Messiaen. The medieval chant of the Machaut Mass setting was particularly evocative and moving.

Thanks are also due to Juventutem London, who very kindly organised the servers for Mass.  Particular thanks to Fr Alexander Sherbrooke, Parish Priest of St Patrick's, for his very warm and helpful welcome.

A selection of photographs from the Mass.




Zephyrinus said...

Magnificent, Fr.

in Domino.

David O'Neill said...

I see you used my friend Richard Hawker as your MC!
Theresa & I are sorry we can't make the November Mass but will think of you from sunny Caribbean

Anonymous said...

It would be so much nicer if they got that ugly table out of the way and used the real altar that is barricaded in the background.