Monday, February 21, 2011

Solemn High Mass at Thornley

I have a lot of blogging to catch up on. The most pressing thing is to mention that there will be a Solemn High Mass at Sacred Heart & English Martyrs Church, Dunelm Road, Thornley, Co Durham DH6 3HA at 7.30pm on Tuesday 22nd February 2011 - the Feast of St Peter's Chair. The intention of the Mass will be "In thanksgiving for Pope Benedict XVI & Summorum Pontificum." In the light of what people are saying about the new document on Summorum Pontificum this will be a timely intention.
The Ordinary of the Mass will be 'Missa de Angelis' & the Proper will be from the Liber Usualis. The music will be provided by the Schola Sancti Baedae.
There will be a buffet after Mass to which all are invited.

The celebrant will be the Parish Priest, Fr Gary Dickson, whom readers may know from his occasional letters to the Catholic press. I think I am correct in saying that this will be the first time Fr Dickson will hacve been the celebrant at a Solemn Mass. The preacher will be Fr Simon Henry, the author of the Offerimus Tibi Domine blog. I remember Fr Henry at Ushaw many years ago when we were students. His blog is always interesting and I look forward to hearing him preach. I`m subdeacon and Fr Phillips of Stella is deacon.


David O'Neill said...

As a special gift to Fr Dickson the Lydon sisters will sing the duet version of Cesar Franck's 'Panis Angelicus' which is Father Gary's favourite motet.

Fr PF said...

I gave a mission there about twenty-five years ago. It's a very nice church, ideal for the EF.

Andrew McDowell said...

We hope our parish priest will enjoy the Mass; he takes a loy of persuading even to do a Missa Cantata as he cannot sing so well these days. Also, the Lydon sisters are now a trio (Father Dickson joking called them his 'Supremes' as a mark of his affection for The Supremes.) Sadly though, the Church is now a bit awkward for the EF with the altar so far forward and the steps all cut away. Still, we think we'll try to make a good job of it.

Andrew (First time Solemn Mass MC)

Patricia said...

I hope it was beautiful.