Tonight begins the Triduo for the feast of the Assumption in the Birmingham Oratory, a service of prayers for the Oratory and the conversion of Birmingham. One particular feature of this service is that awful hymn by Fr. Faber, 'Sing, sing ye angel bands', in which every year some people struggle to hit top F at 'higher, still and higher, through fields of starry light'! It is indeed a cause for much mirth. Nevertheless we are one of the the very few catholic churches in England to keep up what was a common devotional practice in the nineteen century: long may it continue!