Contemplata aliis Tradere

A meagre contribution to the mission and work of the Order of Preachers: my reflections, thoughts, ideas and the occasional rant on matters mainly theological, philosophical and ecclesiastical, drawn primarily from my reading and experience of life and the world. Striving to be always Catholic, firmly Christian and essentially Dominican, flavoured with dashes of Von Balthasar.

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A son of the English Province of the Order of Friars Preachers (Dominicans); born in Malaysia but have lived in the USA, Singapore, the UK & the Philippines for varying durations. A pilgrim and way-farer, a searcher for Truth on the journey of Life... "Wherever the Catholic sun doth shine, There’s always laughter and good red wine. At least I’ve always found it so. Benedicamus Domino!" - Hilaire Belloc

Monday, May 08, 2006

Introibo ad altare Dei...

Fisher House, the Catholic Chaplaincy of Cambridge University had its annual Mass for Vocations this evening, according to the 1962 Missal. I was honoured to serve in the liturgical role of sub-deacon (right) at what was a beautiful and awesome celebration of the Eucharist in the ancient Roman rite. In the absence of an ordained sub-deacon, this role is permitted to any 'tonsured cleric' and I suspect any worthy layman now that the holy order was suppressed in 1972... As it happens I fall under the former description!

The Chaplaincy choir sang the sublime Mass for Five Voices by William Byrd and the Gregorian chant proper for this Votive Mass of the Holy Spirit.

The Mass was celebrated in the chapel of St John's College (left) and it was a privilege to be allowed to celebrate the Holy Sacrifice in such a lovely setting. The Mass was followed by formal hall in the college, which was a lovely end to a marvellous evening and well-deserved after the rigours of assisting at High Mass!


There may be more photos at a later date if I can obtain any from the other photographers present...

1 Comments:

Blogger DilexitPrior said...

May God bless the Catholic Church in England with many vocations from Cambridge and may those in discernment discover their vocation through His love for them, particularly in the Eucharist.

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