Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Annual Requiem in Westminster Cathedral, London

Each year the Latin Mass Society of England and Wales (LMS) holds an annual requiem Mass for the repose of the souls of the deceased members and supporters of that society.

This past Saturday, Nov. 22nd, this worthy tradition continued with a Requiem Mass in Westminster Cathedral, London, England. The celebrant was Father Antony Conlon, the national chaplain of the LMS, Fr. Tim Finigan (of Hermeneutic of Continuity) functioned as the deacon, and Fr. Patrick Hayward functioned as subdeacon.

Approximately 600 were in attendance it is reported, and the Westminster Cathedral Choir sang for the event.

Fr. Finigan has other pictures on his blog for those interested, including this splendid image below which shows better the liturgy itself, the catafalque, the black altar frontal (which can be used when the Blessed Sacrament is not reserved in a tabernacle upon the altar) and the unbleached candles which are an as yet underutilized aspect of Masses for the Dead, but one I hope will be recovered as time passes and these traditions again are recovered and grow:

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