The High Altar awaiting Mass.
The Priory of Great Britain had the great pleasure of welcoming new members into the Order
at the Oratorian Community's Church of St Chad in Manchester,
following Mass celebrated by Bishop Robert Byrne.
Conf. Andrew McDermott leads the procession with the ceremonial sword.
Thanks to those who served from the parish of St Chad, as well as from St Catherine's and friends of the Order.
Since moving to St Chad's the Oratorian Community have been working tirelessly to build up the parish, including a present large scale renovation with £250,000 from the English Heritage Lottery Fund. (Although they still have to raise £60,000 to complete this first stage of the work.) Hence the scaffolding down the south aisle of the church.
Bishop Robert Byrne celebrated the Mass of St James the Great
in the splendid vestments belonging to the Oratorian Community.
Fr Ray Matus chants the Epistle.
Fr Richard Bailey chants the Gospel.
At the conclusion of Mass the Investiture was proclaimed.
Bishop Robert blesses the insignia.
The 50th Grand Master
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Bishop Byrne and the Grand Master at Luncheon
in the Midland Hotel afterwards.
Further pictures and a full report at
Thanks to Mr John Robinson for the splendid photographs.
Thanks also to Fr Richard Bailey and Chev. Anthony Dickinson for arranging the music,
which was excellent and included Mozart's Mass in C.