Monday, December 03, 2007

Extraordinary Form Confirmations in Northampton diocese

I received this press release from the LMS today together with this picture of Bishop Doyle after the Mass following confirmations in the extraordinary form.


For Immediate Release

29 November 2007

* Northampton Bishop Administers Traditional Rite Confirmations

The LMS announces that Bishop Peter Doyle of Northampton administered Confirmation in the Extraordinary Form of the Roman Rite (Traditional Rite) to 7 candidates during a pastoral visit to Our Lady of Perpetual Succour Church, Chesham Bois, Bucks on Sunday 18 November. Bishop Doyle also celebrated Sunday Mass in the Traditional Rite.

John Medlin, General Manager of the Latin Mass Society, said, “This is a very welcome development. We hope it will not be long before bishops all over England and Wales respond to pastoral demand for Mass and the Sacraments in the Traditional Rite. The parishioners of Chesham Bois are very grateful to Bishop Doyle for agreeing to offer the Traditional Mass and Sacraments.”

In an endorsement of the recent Papal Motu Proprio, Summorum Pontificum, Bishop Peter Doyle became the first Ordinary to confer the Sacrament of Confirmation in the Traditional Latin Mass in his own Diocese. (Confirmations have been conferred annually in Westminster Diocese since 2004 by auxiliaries of the diocese). He topped it off by celebrating Solemn Pontifical Low Mass. In accordance with the Motu Proprio the ceremonies “followed the typical edition of the Roman Missal promulgated by Blessed John XXIII in 1962 and never abrogated” and the earlier form of the Roman Pontifical.
In an address to the candidates, Bishop Peter noted that some of the candidates might be nervous. “I, too, am nervous”, he said, “as this is the first time that I have conferred confirmation and celebrated Mass in the older form of the liturgy.”
“Remember,” he instructed, “that it is not you or I who is in charge – it is the Holy Spirit.” The full congregation was touched by the courage and humility of Bishop Peter.

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For further information, please contact John Medlin, General Manager, or Yvonne Windsor, LMS Office Administrator, on (T) 020 7404 7284; (F) 020 7831 5585;
(E mail)

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Sounds good...