Thursday, June 28, 2012

I had the rabbit


I couldn't get to Fr Hunwicke's Ordination last night, at the Oxford Oratory, I heard it was very beautiful, there a few pictures here. I also heard the celebrant preached against the wickedness of "rubricism"; a little unfortunate as following them with a degree of precision is the great charism of our English Oratories.

Today however I actually met Fr Hunwicke, at the London Oratory, where he celebrated his first Mass in the Extraordinary Form at the Lady Altar. We have corresponded for some time and have friends in common and I have felt something of his pain at not being able to celebrate Mass. I recognise in him a truly priestly soul. The Mass was beautiful, it was low, no sermon, some rather exquisite vestments, over and done in 35 minutes. There were about 50 in the congregation including Supertrad Mum, who I met but didn't get chance to talk to.

Mass was served by Br Martin  from Papa Stronsay, and Fr Michael Mary was also in attendance doing a little photographing, there should be some pictures on their blog soon.
It was the first time I met any of the Sons of the Most Holy Redeemer and despite Fr Michael Mary saying he  thought I must be in my eighties, apparently the picture on side bar doesn't do me favours! I liked him very much indeed, in fact both of them were very impressive, there seemed to be very healthy father/son relationship, a real sense of mutual respect, with a gentle sense of humour between the two, always a healthy sign in religious community. I have heard such good reports about them lately, it was good to see it for myself.

After Mass we had lunch together, I had rabbit, Fr H a marmite of fish, Br M quail and Fr M steak. I know it was Vigil in most places but in Westminster it was the Feast of St John Southwell and of course for us a celebration of a first Mass. We did debate the decency of posting pictures of our food on our blogs and decided it was a bit foreign fad.

But it was a lovely lunch, a great deal of laughter, a little talk about whether SSPX will be reconciled, the mad Bishop of Bux, a little Gregory Dix from Fr H, lots of stories of "patrimony". One of the important things I have always said about the Ordinariate which I think cradle Catholics just don't get is its humour which Fr Hunwicke supplied in heaps. Again, what I was impressed by was that the Sons were so positive about the long process of the reconciliation they are still going through, which will be completed when they are canonically erect as a religious institute and also about those who have actually been their detractors, who they have left behind.

It was a really beautiful celebration for the eve of St Peter and Paul; Fr Hunwicke in communion with the Church and now a happily a priest of the Catholic Church and Br Martin and Fr Michael Mary in communion with Peter and joyfully hoping for the canonical erection of Sons of the Most Holy Redeemer and trusting in the goodness of Bishop Hugh Gilbert.

13 comments:

mikesview said...

Yes Father, a joyous occasion indeed. I regret that domestic duties precluded my attending. It would have been good to receive Fr. Hunwicke's new priest's blessing.
I am intrigued by your remarks about humour, that is the bits that the ordinariate 'get' but 'cradle' Catholics don't. I think you've trapped yourself into giving a little sermon. I'm all ears!

benedict said...

If I not mistaken I think it is Br Martin Mary not Br Matthew Mary who served during Fr Hunwicke's Mass.

Perhaps being in your 80's the mistake may be put down to a "senior moment". Could that comment be termed cradle Catholic humour?

Fr Ray Blake said...

It was indeed Br Martin de Porres, thank you for correcting my error.

georgem said...

Father, You've been mixing with the wrong kinda cradle Catholics.

Richard said...

I can't help wondering if the current SSPX negotiations would have been a bit smoother if the Sons of the Most Holy Redeemer had already been properly erected.

df said...

Dear Father, I'm so pleased that you managed to make it to Fr Hunwicke's first Mass. What a joyful occasion it must have been.
One minor correction however - in the Older Form, in Westminster diocese, Fr Hunwicke would have celebrated Mass of the Dedication of the Cathedral (hence the white, rather than the red of John Southwell (who in any case doesn't grace the old calendar).

Dorothy B said...

It was a wonderful experience to be there for Fr Hunwicke's Mass, and to be among those who received his First Blessing.

tempus putationis said...

I cannot see how the sidebar photo would make anyone think you are in your eighties, Father. But it does make you look like Don Bosco!

Fr Ray Blake said...

TP,
How very kind of you.

Michelle Therese said...

The Sons of the Most Holy Redeemer are an awesome community! We love our monks and we've come to know them very well over the past four-ish years. They are such a blessing to Orkney and we are so thankful that God brought them out here. It is SO cool to have a monastery of monks right here in our islands! God is good :-)
God bless!!
~Michelle Therese

Anagnostis said...

Many years to Fr Hunwicke, and to Fr Blake.

(So glad you didn't post a picture of your posh tea. Can't stand that. It's especially disedifying when priests do it).

Guillaume said...

Hello Father,

What do you call "the mad Bishop of Bux"?

I can't get any clue...

Fr Ray Blake said...

Mad Bishop of Bux? You'll have check Fr H's blog, basically he equated High Catholic Church practices with sodomy and therefore by his own logic suggested every Catholic was a ....