Yesterday evening I attended the Solemn High Mass in the Extrordinary Form for the Epiphany at the Oxford Oratory.
This was a particularly beautiful liturgy, and the calm professionalism with which it was executed brought to my mind the phrase 'noble simplicity' to describe it. This was liturgy that was both elegant and eloquent.
The Choir did a fine job of singing the Mass by Palestrina and the Propers
We had the proclamation of the moveable feasts of the coming year in Latin as well as a sermon from the Provost, Fr Daniel, which linked this celebration into the whole cycle of redemption, of giving thanks for the gifts of this life and the call to spread that news to a world that needs to know it.
Alas there appeared to be no photographs being taken which I could share with readers.
A couple of miles away to the north at SS Gregory and Augustine there was also a Solemn High Mass in the EF celbrated by Fr Saward. The friends with whom I had supper afterwards who had been there said that there were again good numbers ,and that everything was done very well. The commented in particular on the quality of music - in this case William Byrd - and on the serving.
It is heartening to think that there were two such Masses offered yesterday, and that they were so well supported. Those of us who live in or near Oxford are very lucky, and very grateful, for such provision.