Sunday, October 09, 2011

Rosary Crusade

There is a slideshow and here of photographs of the Rosary Crusade of Reparation, this year it was led by Mgr Keith Newton of Ordinariate. I can see many friends and even a few parishioners.
This years procession seems bigger than ever.
I am impressed: this week the Ordinariate was on the streets walking between Westminster Cathedral and the Oratory, last week it was a Blessed Sacrament procession between he Cathedrals of Westminster and Southwark.
I am not sure processions are part of Anglican Patrimony per se but daring to bring Christ onto the streets and into the public forum definitely is.
Remember the Ordinariate needs help with shoe leather.
Mgr Keith Newton led the Rosary Crusade from Westminster Cathedral to the London Oratory. Some two thousand people took part, led by Mgr Newton, the Knights of Malta and the Little Brothers of the Oratory. As well as hymns to Our Lady, three decades of the Rosary were prayed and on arrival at the Oratory, the Pilgrims consecrated themselves to the Immaculate Heart of Mary. Mgr Newton preached to a packed Oratory mentioning that it would be Blessed John Henry Newman's feast day on Sunday (if it were not Sunday) and of his and Father Faber's devotion to Our Lady, not because of what she had done, but because of what God had done in and through her. After Benediction of the Most Blessed Sacrament, Mgr Newton led everyone in the Salve Regina. thanks


Jane said...

Dear Father,
Processions are, or were, very much a part of Anglo-Catholic patrimony.
I should think Mgr. Newton was very well aware of what he was about.

Thanks for the photograph. It made me feel quite homesick!

mikesview said...

It's been said many times: Many Anglicans are better Catholics than er, well, you can guess the rest, can't you?

georgem said...

Quite a few young men there. Good.

pelerin said...

Glad the photographer got a picture of the elderly priest wearing his saturno. He was just in front of me for a time and his steady pace was an example to the rest of us. I think the tally this year was two birettas and the saturno! I don't remember seeing any in previous years so perhaps this is another Anglican influence? Even Fr de Malleray was bare headed!

David said...

There were three birettas in one photo. The Saturno was worn by Fr Augustine Hoey keeping his 'steady pace' at the age of 96. Formerly an Anglican, he was, at the age of 84, ordained by Cardinal Basil Hume who told him that he should continue to wear what he had always worn as a monk of Mirfield.

AndrewWS said...

A great occasion for habit-spotting. The Knights of Malta I'm familiar with, but who are the two chaps in white cloaks with blue crosses? And who are the group in scarlet cassocks with black capes? Some of them look extraordinarily young.

pelerin said...

Interested to read David's comment on the elderly Priest who took part in the procession yesterday. I guessed he was in his late eighties and am astonished to learn he is actually 96. And I don't remember seeing a stick either.

Fr Ray Blake said...

Young ones = Brothers of the Oratory, lay Oratorians really.
The others I don't know.

jonty said...

The Anglo-Catholic parish of Holy Redeemer Clerkenwell always stops the traffic on its patronal festival with an outdoor procession of the Blessed Sacrament .

Also the Anglo-Catholics of St Mary's Bourne Street have a fine May procession around the parish.

Definitely part of the patrimony, Father.

AndrewWS said...

To answer my own question above, I gather from a friend that "the two chaps in white cloaks with blue crosses" are from an entity calling itself the Knights of Our Lady further information about which may be found at:

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