Monday, 12 December 2011

Gaudete !

I have failed (yet again) to keep to my New (Church) Year's resolution to post more regularly on the blog. Of late, I find that, by the time I get home, feed the cats, check I have something to wear for the next day and feed myself (not necessarily in that order), all I really want to do is crawl under the duvet.

However, I felt that I ought to make an effort with the photos from last Sunday. Being Gaudete Sunday, the famous rose vestments got another airing. His Hermeneuticalness reminded us in the notices before the sermon that Fr. Z and Damian Thompson had spearheaded the fundraising efforts for the vestments... and that we should all pray for the conversion of The Tablet...

In order to ensure that the whole High Mass set was shown off in full, we had a superb Solemn High Mass. Fr. Finigan was celebrant, Fr. Bernard McNally was deacon and Rev. John Harrison, (on loan from Chislehurst), was subdeacon.

I think this has to be one of my favourite shots...

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6 comments:

Éamonn said...

Is it just me or does His Hermeneuticalness kook particularly imposing or perhaps even episcopal in that shot?

Just another mad Catholic said...

As much as I like the Vestments Mac I was wandering if you could update us on the meow meow's?

Genty said...

I am so with you on wanting to hibernate during the dark days of winter. I blame electric light for forcing us to live against our natures. I can hardly wait for that magical day in mid-February when the light seems suddenly to change and become brighter, even though the days remain cold.
In the meantime, I have to force myself to get anything done.
I love the picture, but was puzzled why Fr. Finigan's hand was being kissed as I had never seen it done before. Then realised it was the angle of the shot. Duh.
I'll go back to sleep.

Mac McLernon said...

His hand IS being kissed - traditionally, I gather, the deacon kisses the priest's hand whenever he gives or takes something... No doubt someone will be able to give more details...

Fortiter Pugnem said...

Yes, in the Solemn High Mass the deacon and subdeacon kiss Father's hand whenever they give or take something from him.
The servers are "supposed" to do this all the time, but a priest friend from Montana told me "NO ONE is kissing my hand!"

Genty said...

Thanks very much for the info. You learn something new every day!

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