Sunday 4 February 2018


Friday 2nd February was the feast of the Presentation of the Lord - the Purification of Our Lady or Candlemas. It was also this year the 170th anniversary of the foundation of the English Oratory by Blessed John Henry Newman at Maryvale in 1848.

Bishop Robert Byrne Cong. Orat. celebrated a Pontifical Mass in the evening with the blessing of candles and a procession.

The candles are blessed:IMG_2735 (1)IMG_2739 (3)

The Procession:

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Bishop Robert preached about Christ as the light of the world, remembering Blessed John Henry's epitaph: Ex umbris et imaginibus in veritatem - Out of shadows and images into the Truth:IMG_2775 (2)

Bishop Robert celebrates Mass:IMG_2789 (2)IMG_2790 (2)