Latin High Mass

On Saturday 23rd April a Solemn High Mass in the Extraordinary Form of the Roman Rite was offered at the high altar of the Abbey Church for the Solemnity of St George, the patron saint of England.

The celebrant was Dom Boniface Hill OSB and the deacon Dom Anselm Brumwell OSB, both of Downside, and the subdeacon Fr Philip Thomas, parish priest of SS Joseph and Teresa in Wells.

St John’s Festival Choir from Bath sang Hassler’s Missa Octava along with the motets Dixit Dominus by Johannes Wanning and Ubi caritas by Ola Gjeilo.

The Solemn Mass is an annual event at Downside. A Low Mass in the Extraordinary Form is offered on the first Sunday of each month at 11:15am, to which all are very welcome.