Saturday, 12 May 2007

Another Meme To Consider...

...although this one seems to have been started by my tagger himself, so it will be interesting to see how it progresses round the Catholic blogosphere...

Ok, rules! Five favourite places in Catholic England (on the basis that quite a bit of it got nicked by the Protestants at the Reformation, so there's not much left...)

Umm. Tricky. I wanted to put "Lourdes," but that's in France...

1. Tyburn Convent. I love the relics of the martyrs kept in the Crypt, the fact that there is Perpetual Adoration before the Blessed Sacrament, and the fact that the nuns are proper nuns.








2. Aylesford Priory. I have gradually come to revise my opinion of the place through going there on parish retreats. The various chapels are a little on the spartan side, but they grow on you. If you go as a day visitor, it can be cold and damp. If you're actually staying there, the temperature of the bedrooms and sitting rooms is apparently near-tropical, which means that I am comfortable and only need to wear one jumper... The bookshop can be a little stressful, as there are quite a lot of books on feminine spirituality and enneagrams...

3. Brompton Oratory. Lots of marble, lots of gold leaf (or gold paint... can't tell), lots of statues and candles, very big and very trad. What more can a girl want?

4. The Shrine of Our Lady of Consolation of West Grinstead. This little-known shrine is really something else. There is the hidden chapel which is in the atttic, and the presbytery has priests' holes. The priest would disguise himself as (what else?) a shepherd, so the presbytery has been in constant occupation since before the Reformation. If you want to visit the hidden chapel, it is worth phoning to check if it is convenient (the chapel is upstairs in the presbytery, after all) but the church (which contains the picture of Our Lady of Consolation) is worth a visit too.

5. The Shrine of St. Jude in Faversham. I haven't been for a while, but this is one of those places which just blows your mind. On the Feast of St. Simon and St. Jude (not that St. Simon gets much of a look-in) they bless oil with a relic of St. Jude. The blessed oil is particularly popular with people who are sick. It is not, I wish to make clear, the Oil of the Sick used in the Sacrament of Anointing. It's just blessed oil. But St. Jude is one of my most favourite saints, by virtue of the fact that, before I got an operation brought forward by a year through his intercession, I didn't really believe in praying to the saints at all. I recognised that they existed (the Church said so, after all) but I preferred to go to the top. I prayed to Our Lady too, but that was because she was the Big Guy's mother...

And now, who to tag... I guess it wouldn't be fair to pick on any non-residents (though anyone who is resident elsewhere who feels confident that they know of five favourite Catholic locations in England not purloined by the Anglicans, feel free to add yourself to the list... just put a comment and link in the box so we know where to find you!)

...so I tag Fr. Tim (Hermeneutic of Continuity), Fr. Nicholas (Roman Miscellany), Fr. Ray (St Mary Magdalen) and Northern Cleric (Ubi Petrus, Ibi Ecclesia)

10 comments:

Anne said...

Please consider adding Dear St. Joseph to your list of favourite Saints, he is so powerful and so very special. Someone alerted me to the fact that Our Blessed Lord knows how much you love Our Blessed Lady buy the veneration you have for St. Joseph her Spouse. Also praying for the Holy Souls in Purgatory through the Intercession of St. Joseph is powerful beyond belief. Try it and see!

Mac McLernon said...

I do pray to him regularly... and light candles in front of his statue in the church... I guess I have so many favourites that I should just write out the litany!!

Jay said...

I agree with your choice apart from Aylesford Priory. I visited the place as O.Carm tertiary quite often. The bookstore is the place exactly as you said. I will comment no more. The only hope is that one day Catholic Religion will be again Catholic. God bless, like your blog in blogoland, it is one of the best. Ooops, seems like becoming slowly addicted to it.

Mac McLernon said...

Thanks Jay... the secret to Aylesford is going along with your own parish priest leading the retreat!!

Jay said...

Oh now I understand!!

Fr. Dwight Longenecker said...

i just knew you would come up with some real corkers. Well done!

Mark said...

Thank heavens you didn't ask me! I can't say I've been many places in England.

Mrs Jackie Parkes MJ said...

Yes i've visited Our Lady of Consolation's Shrine in East Grinstead..with my Miles Jesu brothers & sisters. If i recall Dwight L. was there promoting one of his books.. (now Fr Dwight of course).
The Aylesford depiction gives me the creeps quite honestly..

i think the shrine to The Sacred Heart at Maryvale is one of my favourites...must visit some more though.

Finally yes i also liked Tyburn Convent...i don't know how one describes 'a real nun' though..because the St Paul's nuns here are all plain clothes..navy & the like...without veils.One just read today..they are very dedicated..it annoys me that they are so incognito outside..so people can't approach them or prayer..same reason or Priests to where clerical dress..hey i fear i've wandered of the beaten track here..apologies!

God bless

Brendan Allen said...

Don't forget the Slipper Chapel . . .

Mac McLernon said...

I know, Brendan... but I was limited to five...

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