Sunday, September 20, 2009

Pontifical High Mass at St Matthias, Bellwoods

The Lord Bishop of Toronto celebrated and preached at St Matthias, Bellwoods, today. The Mass was Willan's Sancta Maria Magdalena. St Matthias tends to follow modern Roman ceremonial, and thus there was no deacon or subdeacon, but the rector concelebrated.

In his sermon, Bishop Johnson recalled the last time he functioned liturgically at St Matthias - as a deacon, in 1977. It was the Litany in Procession and High Mass in Advent, according to the Use of Sarum, under Fr Gregory Lee. Then Deacon Johnson's maniple slid off in the course of the liturgy.

5 comments:

frdougal said...

Was that a Pontifical High Mass or a Solemn Concelebrated Mass with the Bishop as Principal celebrant? The latter methinks. The post title is a bit inaccurate - in my terribly pedantic opinion!

Geoff said...

Well, St Matthias is an Anglican church following Roman ceremonial, and like most Canadian Anglo-Catholic churches it still has some Tridentine hangovers (fewer than most other such parishes, but for instance, at the Benedictus qui venit, everyone's arms got pumping). So trying to impose familiar terminology on the new rites is tricky.

St Matthias bills their principal Sunday Mass as a "Sung High Mass." I'm normally a stickler for reserving "High Mass" for a Solemn Mass, but even my ninth edition of Ritual Notes acknowledges that a Mass without deacon and subdeacon can be a "Simple High Mass." (Surprisingly, it also concedes the use of "Solemn Evensong" for Festal Evensong as being technically incorrect, but prevalent in practice). Since St Matthias embraced the reforms of the Second Vatican Council in the late 80s and early 90s, I figure that's a fair concession to them.

Geoff said...

But if like me you were hoping for a dalmatic, I'm afraid I must disappoint.

frdougal said...

Sounds rather like Scotland: we do the mad crossings at the Ben but also at the Epiclesis (which comes AFTER the dominical words!).

Geoff said...

Yes, it's common here too after the W of I when we pray to be "filled with all grace and heavenly + benediction" or in the BAS "sanctified + by the Holy Spirit."