Monday, 26 May 2014

Happy Feast Day - St Philip Neri

I had a kind invitation to Mass for the Feast of St Philip from the Oratorian Community in Manchester. Some lovely music - Missa Bell'Amfitrit altrera by Roland de Lassus.  The choir were accompanied by brass rather than the organ, which had a very charming effect.  If you find good music and noble liturgy a help to praying at Mass and live anywhere near Manchester, this is the place to go!

Fr Paul Chavasse, Cong. Orat. gave the sermon enumerating the qualities of St Philip which we might to well to follow. I was pleased to see how full the church was, considering it was a Bank Holiday Monday morning! The good fathers must be doing something right!

St Philip ablaze with votive candles. I always find stories of his character rather lovely. 
There's a brief biography here. 

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