Yesterday evening at the Oxford Oratory we had Solemn First Vespers of the Solemnity of St Philip. This was, as always on such occasions, a very splendid celebration, and one that was properly prayerful and devout. I have copied the photographs from the Oratory website and added some captions.
St Philip's Altar with the relic bust of the saint.
The painting is a copy of Gido Reni's famous image, and was painted by Maria Giberne, one of Newman's penitents, and comes from the Birmingham Oratory.
The Provost, Fr Daniel Seward, presides at Vespers
The Cantors, Fr Dominic and Br Oliver, bow during the doxology
Acolytes and some of those in Choir
The Sanctuary during Vespers
The statue of St Philip
The incensation of St Philip's Altar and relic
Regular members of the Oratory congregation - the Solemn Vespers had an particularly good attendance
Preparing for Benediction
The Provost blesses a member of the congregation with a relic of St Philip
The Oxford Oratory has a young and devout congregation
Images: Oxford Oratory
The photographer was a new recruit to taking photos on such an occasion and has done splendidly - I suspect they have got themselves a new role at the Oratory.