Friday, October 09, 2009

Relics of St. Thérèse at the Oxford Oratory

On October 7th, the relics of St. Thérèse of Lisieux were received at the beautiful church of St. Aloysius in Oxford -- or as it is better known, the Oxford Oratory.

The reception included Solemn Vespers, a Pontifical Mass in the Modern Roman liturgy, a Missa Cantata in the usus antiquior by one of the young Oratorian priests in Oxford, Fr. Daniel, and Solemn Benediction.

In the 22 hours that the relics were present with the Oxford Oratorians, over 6000 pilgrims came to visit, to pray and to offer worship to God.

Here are some of the photos.

Arrival and Solemn Vespers

Mass in the Modern Roman Liturgy celebrated by Bishop William Kenney

Missa Cantata in the Ancient Roman Liturgy

Solemn Benediction by Bishop Philip Boyce O.C.D. and the Departure of the Reilcs

More images for the Mass in the Modern Roman Liturgy and Solemn Vespers may be found on the Flickr site of James Bradley.

More images of the Mass in the usus antiquior may be found on the Flickr site of the "Catholic Church (England and Wales)".

See also the site of the Oxford Oratory for news and various photographs of the event.

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