Tuesday, 24 November 2009

22 Nov. Mass at Oulton Abbey

We are most grateful to Fr. Jan Nowotnik, parish priest at St. Augustine's, Meir, for celebrating, for the first time in public, Low Mass in the Traditional Rite at the lovely and atmospheric chapel of the Benedictine Abbey at Oulton near Stone, last Sunday. Fr. Jan's modest trepidations at the outset proved groundless as members of the congregation readily attested afterwards. Our thanks to the Sisters and Abbot Cuthbert again for accommodating us and to Beryl Terry for helping in the preparation and in the provision of tea and snacks afterwards (and Joan and Peter!).

In the homily and in conversation later, Fr. Jan reminded us of the importance to the priest as celebrant of the spiritual depth that is to be found in the precious sacred liturgy that is the Traditional Rite, the Usus Antiquior. It is to be hoped that in coming years, in appreciation of and indeed in obedience to the Holy Father's moto proprio, many more priests will come to understand and experience this spiritual depth in offering the sacrifice of the Mass in the Traditional Rite.

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