... it is worth doing badly.
I celebrated my first Traditional Mass earlier this evening. I am going to have to do some polishing, I turned over two pages of the Missal and had to begin the Gospel again. The server needed to prompt me for the words for the distribution of Holy Communion, as my mind went blank. And glasses broke just before Mass, they did that during my ordination.
The numbers were a bit up on normal, I was pleased that "Ma Tucker" who puts up the occasional comment on the blog and her family were here, I was very grateful for your prayers.
I am afraid it took just over an hour, what most struck me was the prayerfullness of the celebration, it was almost tangible, the prayerfullness of the congregation. The sense of the presence of the saints, of being at the foot of throne of God, of entering behind the veil. It was beautiful, it is a profound experience of priesthood.
Someone very kindly gave me a little present, so I took my servers to a local Chinese to celebrate, we had lobster! delicious with ginger and spring onions and only £30, with a couple of other things it is enough for three.
A nice celebration, tomorrow happens to be my birthday, I don't really keep it, it is overshadowed by the deaths of my mother and my closest friend in rather tragic circumstances, so it is bit sad week for me.
thanks to Nick for the shot from his phone