|An extraordinary infant surely |
deserves an extraordinary Mass?
My thanks to the Latin Mass Society's General Manager, Mike Lord, for putting up a listing of Christmas Masses on the LMS website HERE.
But the "Lord" I refer to in my heading is, in fact, the good Lord (not to infer that Mike Lord is anything but good........ drat it, this is getting sticky).
And my query is really aimed at the Archdiocese of Westminster, capital of the Catholic Faith in England and Wales.
It is a small diocese, geographically, but massive in terms of population, number of priests and parishes.
Yet, between Christmas Eve and Christmas Day it only offers three Latin Masses and none of those are located in the Cathedral.
They are all, in fact, in Central London, not easy to get to if you have littlies in tow and have to travel some 30 miles or so.
The fact that a Latin Mass is not on offer at Westminster Cathedral is nothing short of scandalous.
If ever there is an occasion where the Extraordinary Form of Mass is required rather than the Ordinary Form it is at Christmas and Easter.
Archbishop Vincent Nichols should be ashamed of his lack of leadership. The diocesan website carries a quote from His Grace as follows:-
"To have eyes for the good things of the Lord is to live by Faith, to see life with the eyes of Faith"
That's almost as good as: "Who knows what's down the road"
BTW, my comments are distinctly my own and do not reflect the LMS position in any way.
While wild horses will not lead me to attend an OF Mass, small grandchildren will.
So I shall grit my teeth and just hope that there are no professional greeters on duty else I might resort to the Don Camillo option, a rather different form of the kiss of peace.