Saturday, 9 February 2008

The Knights of Malta mass at the Oratory

Today we had our annual Knights of Malta mass for the annointing of the sick near the feast of Our Lady of Lourdes. This year is particularly significant, as it is the 150th anniversary of Lourdes. Yet this year was very sombre as the mass fell in Lent, and news had come in that the Grand Master, Fra Andrew Bertie has just died.

This mass was a mixture of Latin and English, and again it fell to my lot to sing the Gregorian chant propers by myself along with Mass XVIII. I have never known such difficult chant as that for the Saturday after Ash Wednesday. After mass the Knights gave an excellent buffet lunch, and we finished with benediction in the church. Here are a set of photos I took from the choir gallery.

The Procession in

The Gospel

Annointing of the sick


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