Sunday, 8 November 2020

Lockdown Streamed Masses - Low Mass (EF) — 23rd Sunday after Pentecost

As all public Masses are banned, in England until December, here is a streamed Low Mass (EF) — 23rd Sunday after Pentecost (from Oxford Oratory).

Monday, 2 November 2020

Dies Irae - Gregorian Chant for Holy Souls


Dies irae, dies illa,
Solvet saeclum in favilla:
Teste David cum Sibylla.

Quantus tremor est futurus,
Quando iudex est venturus,
Cuncta stricte discussurus.

Tuba mirum spargens sonum,
Per sepulcra regionum,
Coget omnes ante thronum.

Mors stupebit et natura,
Cum resurget creatura,
Iudicanti responsura.

Liber scriptus proferetur,
In quo totum continetur,
Unde mundus iudicetur.

Judex ergo cum sedebit,
Quidquid latet apparebit:
Nil inultum remanebit.

Quid sum miser tunc dicturus?
Quem patronum rogaturus?
Cum vix iustus sit securus.

Rex tremendae maiestatis,
Qui salvandos salvas gratis,
Salva me, fons pietatis.

Recordare Iesu pie,
Quod sum causa tuae viae:
Ne me perdas illa die.

Quaerens me, sedisti lassus:
Redemisti crucem passus:
Tantus labor non sit cassus.

Iuste Iudex ultionis,
Donum fac remissionis,
Ante diem rationis.

Ingemisco, tamquam reus:
Culpa rubet vultus meus:
Supplicanti parce Deus.

Qui Mariam absolvisti,
Et latronem exaudisti,
Mihi quoque spem didisti.

Preces meae non sunt dignae:
Sed tu bonus fac benigne,
Ne perenni cremer igne.

Inter oves locum praesta,
Et ab haedis me sequestra,
Statuens in parte dextra.

Confutatis maledictis,
Flammis acribus addictis,
Voca me cum benedictis.

Oro supplex et acclinis,
Cor contritum quasi cinis:
Gere curam mei finis.

Lacrimosa dies illa,
Qua resurget ex favilla.

Judicandus homo reus:
Huic ergo parce Deus.

Pie Iesu Domine,
Dona eis requiem. Amen.


Day of wrath, that day,
As the world dissolves in cinders,
Testified by David and the Sibyl.

Oh, how great shall be the quaking,
When the Judge will descend,
Investigating all things strictly.

The trumpet, emitting a wondrous sound,
Through the sepulchres of all regions,
To summon all before the throne.

Death and nature will marvel,
When these creatures are resurgent,
To the Judge responding.

The written book will be brought forth,
In which all is contained,
From which the world shall be judged.

The Judge, therefore, will sit,
Revealing all that is hidden:
Nothing unavenged will remain.

What shall I, a wretch, then say?
Which patron will I entreat,
When even the just are not secure?

King of tremendous majesty,
Who freely gives salvation to the saved,
Save me, Oh, font of mercy.

Remember, pious Jesus,
That I am the cause of Thy way:
Do not lose me on that day.

Seeking me, Thou sank down wearily:
Redeeming me by suffering the Cross,
Such a great labor should not be lost.

Just Judge of vengeance,
Make a gift of remission,
Before the day of the accounts.

I sigh, like the guilty one:
My face reddens in guilt:
Spare the supplicating one, Oh, God.

Thou, who absolved Mary,
And heard the robber,
Give hope to me too.

My prayers are not worthy:
But Thou who art good, graciously grant,
That I not be burned in everlasting fire.

Among the sheep grant me a place,
And away from the goats separate me,
Setting me to stand at Thy right hand.

Once the cursed have been silenced,
Sentenced to acrid flames,
Call me with the blessed.

Praying humbly and kneeling,
My contrite heart like ashes:
Take care of my final end.

Tearful will that day be,
Whereby rising out of the dust.

The guilty man will be judged:
Spare them, Oh, God.

Pious Lord Jesus,
Grant them rest. Amen.

Wednesday, 21 October 2020

Pray the Rosary. Wear the Brown Scapular. Things are Going to get Ugly, both in the Church and in the World.

"We reap what we sow. Stay in the state of grace. Pray the Rosary. Wear the brown scapular. Things are going to get ugly, both in the Church and in the world. Yet, this is no time to cower in fear but to fight in the light of day against those who seek to drag us down to hell. Have no fear!" Fr. Dana Christensen. 

Thursday, 10 September 2020

Young Catholic Adults Douai Weekend 2020 is Cancelled

It doesn't look like the Douai Abbey Guesthouse will be opening anytime soon to large groups due to the coronovirus. Therefore, sadly the YCA weekend won't be able to go ahead this year.

It is hoped that the weekend will continue next year, in October 2021, presuming that covid-19 has gone/ died off. 

Thursday, 27 August 2020

First Wednesday of the Month EF Cheltenham Mass to Restart.

The first Wednesday of the month EF Low Mass, at St. Gregory's Church in Cheltenham, will be restarting on Wednesday 2nd September at 7pm - all are warmly welcome. 

Thursday, 13 August 2020

Old Rite Masses in Gloucestershire



Old Rite (Extraordinary Form) Masses at Prinknash Abbey August 2020 - Saturday 15th August Feast of the Assumption - Low Mass is at 11am. Followed by the blessings (and procession, weather permitting) and picnic. 

Every Sunday Low Mass at 11am - preceeded by confessions at 10:45am (currently taking place in the garden due to Covid-19).


Low Masses have resumed at St. Peter's Church in Cirencester. Please check the bulletin for times:- https://www.stpeterscirencester.orgweeklybulletins-html/.

Wednesday, 3 June 2020

Prinknash Abbey Old Rite Latin Mass every Sunday from 5th July

Please would you publicise to deaneries, parishes, friends of Prinknash, etc.
As from 5th July 2020 onwards:-

This will be the only New Rite Mass on Sundays

Solemnities occurring on a weekday, Mass 9am

WEEKDAYS: 8.30am

CONFESSIONS: Sundays, 8.30am to 8.55am sharp, to allow the priest to vest for Mass


VESPERS: every day 5.30pm, Benediction on Sundays/Solemnities

Wednesday, 13 May 2020

Our Lady of the Rosary, Candlelit procession Fatima

Sadly, the Fatima Shrine has been closed, this year, by the Portuguese government (apparently due to the coronavirus; although the 2020 May Day festivities continued in Lisbon).

So, instead, here is the the candlelit procession from last year.

Wednesday, 29 April 2020

Archbishop Viganò: The Third Secret of Fatima has not Been Fully Published

"Archbishop Vigano has made an astounding claim, that we haven't seen the totality of the third secret. Lifesite news states:-

In a stunning new interview, Archbishop Carlo Maria Viganò, the former papal nuncio in Washington, D.C. and the prelate who accused Pope Francis of covering up the crimes of Theodore McCarrick, has now publicly stated that he does not believe that the Vatican up to today has published the full Third Secret of Fatima. This report has already found interest in Italy, by outlets such as Corrispondenza Romana and Stilum Curiae
Speaking to Dies Irae, a Portuguese website, Archbishop Viganò says, “The third part of the message that Our Lady entrusted to the shepherds of Fatima, so that they could deliver it to the Holy Father, remains a secret today.”

In 1917, Our Lady repeatedly appeared to three shepherd children – two of whom are now canonized – and gave them one secret with three parts, the first and the second to be revealed to the public.
The third part of the Secret – often called the Third Secret – was to be given to the Pope, who was then asked by Our Lady to make it known to the world not later than 1960.
The first and the second parts of the Secret show a vision of hell, speak about the spread of the “errors” of Russia, the need for penance, and for Russia to be consecrated to the Immaculate Heart of Mary. The third part as it has been published shows a Pope who is being killed on a hill, together with clergymen and laymen.
Further explaining his position, the Italian prelate, who lives currently in an undisclosed location, then says, “Our Lady asked [the secret] to be revealed in 1960, but John XXIII published, on February 8 of that year, a statement in which he stated that [...] ‘he does not want to assume the responsibility of guaranteeing the truth of the words that the three little shepherds say that the Virgin Mary addressed to them.’”
With this departure from the Queen of Heaven's message,” Viganò continues, “a cover-up operation was initiated, evidently because the content of the message would reveal the terrible conspiracy of her enemies against the Church of Christ.”
According to the archbishop, until a “few decades ago,” people would not have believed that we could even dare to “gag” the Blessed Mother, “but in recent years we have also seen attempts to censor the Gospel itself, which is the Word of His divine Son.”
The Italian prelate states that the Vatican, when officially presenting the Third Secret to the public in 2000, presented an “incomplete” version. "

The full article can be read at:-

Tuesday, 21 April 2020

Requiescat in Pace Monsignor Conlon

"We ask your prayers for the repose of the soul of the Chaplain of the Grand Priory, Monsignor Dr Antony Francis Maximilian Conlon, Grand Cross Conventual Chaplain ad honorem, Cross Pro Piis Meritis, who died yesterday afternoon, fortified by the Rites of Holy Mother Church.

Dr Conlon joined the Order as a Donat of Devotion in 1971, he became a Chaplain in 1980 following his ordination to the Sacred Priesthood, and was appointed Chaplain of the Grand Priory of England at its restoration in 1993, thus the first Chaplain since the Reformation, a post he has held for the last 27 years. He was appointed Grand Cross in 2015.

Educated at the Royal English College in Valladolid and the Venerable English College, Rome, he held a Licence in Church History from the Pontifical Gregorian University in Rome. His PhD, undertaken at Heythrop College, "What Ceremony Else", was on the English Marian Restoration.

He was priest of Westminster Diocese, ordained by Cardinal Hume. Following parish ministry in London, and after a long spell as Chaplain to Newman's Oratory School, Reading, where he made innumerable converts to the Faith, including a future priest, he was Parish Priest of Goring-on-Thames, in the Archdiocese of Birmingham, at the time of his death.

Please pray also for his family.

Requiescat in pace."

Taken from H/t:-

Monday, 6 April 2020

Cardinal Pell is Innocent

 Today, the High Court granted special leave to appeal against a decision of the Court of Appeal of the Supreme Court of Victoria and unanimously allowed the appeal. The High Court found that the jury, acting rationally on the whole of the evidence, ought to have entertained a doubt as to the applicant's guilt with respect to each of the offences for which he was convicted, and ordered that the convictions be quashed and that verdicts of acquittal be entered in their place. "

Monday, 23 March 2020

Lent ~ A Perfect Time for the Spiritual Acts of Mercy

We know that Lent is a time for fasting, deepening our prayer life and giving alms.We think of giving alms as giving money to the poor, and rightfully so, but there are other ways we can give. We can donate food, clothing or time. The word alms comes from the Greek word eleemosyne, which means "compassion or pity," and is itself from the word eleos, which means "mercy." ( Reflecting on its original meaning, we can look to the Spiritual and Corporal Acts of Mercy as guides for our almsgiving during Lent and hopefully, take these Acts of Mercy into our everyday life.

The Corporal Acts of Mercy are: feed the hungry, give drink to the thirsty, shelter the homeless, cloth the naked, visit the sick and imprisoned and bury the dead.The Spiritual Acts of Mercy are: instruct the ignorant, counsel the doubtful, admonish sinners, comfort the suffering, bear wrongs patiently, forgive offenses willingly, and pray for the living and the dead.

Applying the Works of Mercy to Our Lent

Knowing what the Acts of Mercy are, we can reflect upon them and ask God to tell us which may be our calling. We cannot, of course, do everyone but God will give us one or two to perform as our Lenten act of Mercy. 

We do not, necessarily, have to take these lists literally. They can become our guide. Examples are: Feed the hungry ~ give canned goods to a food pantry or volunteer at a soup kitchen, Cloth the Naked ~Most of us have more clothing than we need. Choose a warm sweater or jacket and donate it to a shelter or make a survival bag (socks, gloves, a scarf, etc.) and donate it to a homeless shelter. Visit the sick and imprisoned ~ Because of the Coronavirus, hospitals, and nursing homes are not allowing visitors and many of us are homebound. We can phone someone who lives alone just to say hello and ask if they are OK.

Your family is a good place to begin. Check on a grandparent or elderly relative. Bury the dead ~ Consider someone you have loved and lost and pray for their souls. Comfort the suffering ~ Call someone who is going through a difficult time and offer support and prayer. So, you see that there are many ways to translate these works into acts you can easily perform and once you begin, you will feel God’s Grace in unimaginable ways and probably want to continue them throughout the year.

Lent can be Our Guideline

The acts we are asked to do during Lent could and should be a guide for how we live throughout the year. Increasing our prayer life may mean adding devotions we do not usually pray during other times and we may not choose to continue them after Lent but praying the Stations of the Cross, for example, can bring us to a deeper understanding of the sufferings of Our Lord and in this, we may come to a place where we pray more deeply, no matter what the prayer. Fasting is cleansing for the body as well as the soul and fasting one day each month may become a part of your spirituality. Fasting does not necessarily have to be not eating at all or living on bread and water for a day or longer. You may consider skipping a meal and offering that fast as a prayer for those who have no food. There are many ways in which Lent can offer inspiration to increase our prayer life and work to become closer to Jesus. 

Give Thanks

As Catholics, God offers us many ways to receive His Grace. We are blessed to have Seven Sacraments, Mary as Our Mother, saints who intercede for us and, most importantly, the Eucharist. Let us always offer thanks to God for His many blessings and live always in an attitude of gratitude.

Marilyn Nash for .


Sunday, 22 March 2020

Live Streamed EF Masses

With all public Masses Suspended in the UK and in many other parts of the world here is a selection of live streamed Masses, in the Old Rite.

EF Masses in England and Wales that live stream Mass:-

For live streamed EF Masses all over the world see:-

Wednesday, 18 March 2020

All Masses Suspended in England and Wales

Statement from the Bishops Conference of England and Wales

In response to the Coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic we are no longer able to gather for public acts of worship in our Catholic churches in England and Wales. This will begin from Friday evening, 20 March 2020, until further notice.

Sunday, 19 January 2020

Forgotten Hero - Blessed Nicholas Woodfen, priest, 21 January 1586.

His true name was Nicolas Wheeler. He was born at Leominster, Herefordshire, and in the school of that town he was esteemed highly for his abilities. He performed his priest’s studies at Douay and Rheims, and was ordained at the latter town, 25 March 1581. He was sent on the English Mission the following June, and arrived in London in a state of great necessity, having, as he said, no money to buy food and scarce clothes for his back. A fellow-priest, Father Davis, whose address he found, supplied his immediate needs and introduced him to Catholics, and by the help of Mr. Francis Brown, Lord Montague’s brother, a lodging was found for him at a haberdasher’s in Fleet Street. There,disguised as a lawyer,he laboured with great profit among the members of the Inns of Court, for he had a handsome presence, affable and courteous manners, and great power of attraction. But Morris, the pursuivant, found him out and forced him to flee. He was again nearly caught with Father Davis in his next hiding-place at Sir T. Tresham’s house at Hoxton, but his hour was not yet come. The third time, however, he fell into the pursuivant’s hands he was tried, sentenced, and suffered with great constancy at Tyburn, 21 January 1586.

From: Father Henry Sebastian Bowden. “Venerable Nicolas Woodfen, Priest, 1586”. Mementoes of the English Martyrs and Confessors, 1910. 


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