Some 110 people from far and wide came to the Latin Mass of Reparation for Abortion at the Shrine of Our Lady of Guadalupe today. This was a significant increase on the number who came to the same event last year.
Celebrant Fr Patrick O’Donohue, FSSP, gave a inspiring homily on Life and how we should consider how better to support it. He was supported in the sanctuary by Fr Gabriel Diaz as Deacon, making a welcome return to Bedford, and by Brother Albert Robertson from Blackfriars, Oxford, as Subdeacon. Two of our Bedford servers, Nicholas and Christian (the latter serving his First High Mass) plus Oliver and Patrick from London and Columba from Oxford, made up an efficient team.
LMS Chairman Joseph Shaw was singing and he also took some beautiful photos: see https://www.flickr.com/photos/josephshaw/albums/72157711905433672 and his LMS Chairman’s blog and tweet.
After the Mass there was a chance to venerate the Relic Image of Our Lady of Guadalupe, which had been moved to pride of place at the front of the church. In the Guild Room behind the church there were welcome refreshments and a time to socialise.
We are grateful to the Rector of the Shrine, Canon Seamus Keenan, for inviting the Latin Mass Society to return for a second time – let’s hope it becomes an annual event in future.