Sacra Liturgia: Meeting a Hero
|Mgr Keith Newton presides at Pontifical High Mass for the closing of the Sacra Liturgia Conference in London.|
On Friday, I had to get up at 4am and drive to Chelsea to prepare for a job we have starting at a school there. My good friend Fr Jeff Woolnough suggested we head up to Warwick Street in the evening for the closing Mass of the Conference. Despite being really tired, I jumped at the chance. Any time spent with Fr Jeff is always a great encouragement, and the liturgy at Warwick Street is always uplifting (as you can see from previous posts, eg this one).
We arrived a good bit before Mass began and met Mgr Keith in the Church who informed us that Bishop Rey of Fréjus-Toulon and Archbishop Cordileone of San Francisco, were going to be at the Mass. As regular readers might remember, Archbishop Cordileone is a real hero of mine, a prelate I have blogged about several times before as he is an outstanding leader and a principled and courageous advocate of the Church in an environment that sees Christianity as radically counter-cultural.
The liturgy was heart poundingly beautiful and afforded a great opportunity for prayer. It was the Ordinariate Rite, which has some beautiful prayers from the Roman Rite, but said in English, such as the Last Gospel and the preparatory Prayers at the Foot of the Altar (see here for more on this). Mgr Keith delivered a great homily about the importance of objective truth in revealed religion.
Afterwards, Fr Jeff and I were invited to a gathering in the presbytery which was attended by the two bishops who were present at Mass. This afforded me the opportunity to chat with Archbishop Cordileone and even obtain his blessing. He was very easy to talk to and had really enjoyed his visit to England, where he had been made very welcome. He asked that we keep him in his prayers as he undertakes the difficult work of evangelisation in his diocese. He also remarked to me that Pope Francis was an extremely warm and affable man, someone you can't help but like. When I asked him about Cardinal Sarah's liturgical bombshell, he didn't think he would see it in his lifetime, but he did suggest that our Seminarians are the future, and the Lord has blessed us with many holy and dedicated men training for the priesthood at present, God bless them all!
|With Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone|
If you are confused about this and want some background, Fr Z has written a few good articles on it, like this one, also Fr Ray Blake, here for example.
|In discussion with Fr Michael Cullinan of Maryville|
A review of the plain evidence before us currently reveals 0 new students for the priesthood in Westminster Diocese this September and yet there are loads for the FSSP & ICKSP. Given this reality, I can't help wondering if Cardinal Sarah's suggestions of imparting a little more dignity and humility into the Liturgy, so that those who worship are in no doubt who they worship, could be worth a try? Why not try it and see if it has an effect? Just a suggestion.
|Mgr Keith Newton delivers a brilliant homily|