Corpus Christi

 

It was a pleasure to welcome back Fr Anton Webb as our celebrant for Corpus Christi on the evening of 15 June. By co-incidence, he was the celebrant at the Corpus Christ Mass in 2016. He has a wonderful singing voice which supplemented this Sung Mass. In the choir loft was Bedford Choral Society, the singers of whom were joining us for the second time, and also Fr Gabriel Diaz, who himself has celebrated Mass many times at Christ the King, but on this occasion was singing the Propers and the beautiful Corpus Christi Sequence.

Bedford Choral Society sang Palestrina’s Missa Brevis and it was a joy to hear this setting in the context for which it was originally written.

Fr Webb gave a most inspiring homily linking the Feast of Corpus Christi with the Feast of the Nativity, pointing out that the Preface is the same for each, reflecting that at Christmas Our Lord Jesus Christ became present in the flesh, and in the Eucharist becomes substantially present at the moment of Transubstantiation. His Divinity was hidden at his Incarnation and in the Eucharist his Humanity is hidden as well. For me this notion of ‘hidden-ness’ makes the whole mystery of the Latin Mass much more meaningful.

Following the Mass there was a short procession in the grounds of the church on the background of a glorious pink sunset. We returned into the church for Exposition. The altar bearing its two seven-branched candlesticks and the gold and silver monstrance never fails to fill me with awe and wonder and I went home rejoicing.

Barbara

We were very lucky to have a wonderful photographer at Mass – while on a trip / pilgrimage from New Zealand (his “home” parish is in Christchurch), and below are his photos of the procession. Thank you, Daniel!

March for Life – 20 May

It’s 50 years since the Abortion act and 100 years since the Fatima apparitions – “the greatest message of modern times,” according to St John Paul.

So if you’re going to pick one year to go to the March for Life, perhaps make it this year?

More details are here : http://www.marchforlife.co.uk including how to get there. If you’re struggling for transport please do get in touch with us, as we may be able to help

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.

Barbara