How wonderful to read on Fr Zuhldorf`s blog that Cardinal O`Brien of Edinburgh was present at the traditional Mass of the Assumption in that city tonight celebrated at the church where Fr Emerson of the FSSP has a Sunday Mass. What a marvellous example for other bishops. I just got back from Edinburgh yesterday after a couple of days at the Festival with Fr Briggs of Chislehurst. I would have liked to have had a couple more days in Edinburgh but had to get back for the Holyday of Obligation.
Tonight I filled in at the traditional Mass at Ryhope as the normal celebrant of the monthly Mass, Fr Phillips, was away. St Patrick`s at Ryhope is a lovely church. I wish I had taken my camera tonight. The former parish priest Fr Elkin re-introduced the traditional Mass in the 1990`s (and now continues to celebrate a Sunday Mass in his present parish at Barnard Castle. He is at present the only parish priest in the diocese to celebrate a traditional Mass every Sunday in his own parish. I had shared that privilege with him until my move in 2005. Fr Dixon at St Joseph`s Gateshead celebrates some Sundays.) He was followed by Fr Percy, a convert clergyman, who died in 2005 but who left money for the church to be restored. The sanctuary carpet is, I am delighted to hear, about to replaced with a marble floor.