Birth of Mary – a beautiful prayer

On Our Lady’s birthday the Church celebrates the first dawning of redemption with the appearance in the world of the Saviour’s mother, Mary. The Blessed Virgin occupies a unique place in the history of salvation, and she has the highest mission ever commended to any creature. We rejoice that the Mother of God is our Mother, too. Let us often call upon the Blessed Virgin as “Cause of our joy”, one of the most beautiful titles in her litany.

“Impart to your servants, we pray, O Lord,
the gift of heavenly grace,
that the feast of the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin
may bring deeper peace
to those for whom the birth of her Son
was the dawning of salvation.
Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son,
who lives and reigns with you
in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, for ever and ever.
Amen.” (Collect Prayer)


Ancient Prayer In Honour of Our Lady’s Nativity by St. Anselm

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York Pilgrimage Saturday 29 April

This is a fantastic event to attend – this year’s will be my fourth – and it led me to my interest in and commitment to the Traditional Mass through a devotion to St Margaret Clitherow.  There is a procession past the Shambles where she lived and to the spot where she was martyred, as well as a wonderful High Mass beforehand and Benediction afterwards.   It is feasible to do the trip to York and back in a (longish) day from the Bedford area and we adjourn to one of the many nice eating places in York before making the return journey.



Change of plan for Tenebrae

Due to unforeseen circumstances, we have had to cancel Tenebrae in Latin on Maundy Thursday 13 April at 6 pm.  There will be Tenebrae in English with readings and hymns at 6 pm led by Fr Patrick Hutton preceding the Maundy Thursday liturgy, also in English, at 7.30 pm.  We apologise if you were planning to come to the Traditional Form.

The Good Friday Stations of the Cross in Latin at 12.00 noon is going ahead as scheduled and there will be Latin Mass on Easter Sunday at the usual time of 8.30 am.  Fr Thomas Crean OP is the celebrant.