Still it is marvellous that bishop Drainey is taking part as many bishops still shy away from attending special celebrations of the Extraordinary Form. I hope it all goes well. I`ll bear some responsibility for this as I am the celebrant of the Mass (as LMS Chaplain for the North of England) and have been sudying the rubrics to check I manage to leave out the parts normally done by the celebrant but in a Mass like this are done by the bishop.
So this should be a splendid occasion and I hope as many as can will make the effort to attend to show there is a desire for the Extraordinary Form in the normal life of the Church. It does seem to be taking some time for this to happen. I do wonder when some of those who profess deep loyalty to the Holy See never seem to be heard of celebrating the EF. I hope the York Mass this year will be another small step forward along the way to breaking down fears and prejudice. Mass starts at 1.30pm and is followed by a procession to the church of the English Martyrs for veneration of the relic of St Margaret Clitherow and Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament.