Thursday, January 10, 2008

Usus Antiquior in Cardinal Newman's Dublin Church

An NLM reader has sent in pictures of Mass in the ancient Roman rite in the University Church built by Cardinal John Henry Newman at Saint Stephen's Green, Dublin, Ireland, in 1855-56.

From them:

"Clearly visible is the semi-dome inspired by San Clemente, the Church of the Irish Dominicans in Rome and, high up on the walls of the nave, the newly restored wall plaques depicting biblical scenes from the sketches of Raphael.

"The Mass was the regular monthly Mass of Saint Anne's Guild of the Sodality of Our Lady, which meets in the Lady Chapel of University Church on the first Saturday of each month.

"Saint Anne's Guild recalls the medieval Chantry Guild of the same name founded in 1430, which managed to survive as a Catholic Guild until about 1740 - nearly two centuries after the Reformation was introduced into Ireland - when it was suppressed and its property given to the Established Anglican Church.

"The group is a member of the family of Sodalities of Our Lady that was an integral part of traditional Catholic devotional life from its foundation in Rome in 1563. The Dublin Sodality website can be found at:

"The celebrant of the Mass is Revd. Fr. William Richardson of the Archdiocese of Dublin, who regularly celebrates Mass in the Extraordinary Form.

"The Mass was a votive Mass of Our Lady in Christmastide accompanied by the Sodality schola who sang propers of the Mass and Mass IX Cum Jubilo. Following Mass, a service of Christmas carols and lessons was held during which a collection was made in aid of the Holy Family Maternity Hospital, Bethlehem, which is run by the International Order of Malta. Proceedings concluded with Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament."

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