Yesterday evening the Oxford Oratory had a Solemn Pontifical Mass for St Philip's day celebrated by the former Provost, Bishop Robert Byrne of Cunacestre. As with the report yesterday of Solemn First Vespers I have copied the photographs from the Oratory website and added a few further comments of my own.
It was, as the Oratory website says, a great joy to have the Right Reverend Bishop Robert Byrne, Cong. Orat. celebrate and preach for his first St Philip's Day as a bishop. It was a joyful occasion both in that it celebrated the ministry of St Philip, the saint of joy, and, as the photographs show, there was joyfulness in the Oratorian community of the parish.
The Introit procession to the strains of Ecce Magne Sacerdos:
In addition to Bishop Robert we were also honoured by the presence of the Bishop of Northampton, the Right Reverend Peter Doyle, who had been unable to be present at Bishop Robert's Episcopal ordination, as well as other clergy and religious friends of the Oratory:
As the Provost, Fr Daniel remarked, bishops are like buses - you wait and then two come along at once.
The first reading, from the Book of Wisdom:
The second reading, from St Paul's letter to the Philippians:
The Gospel, from St John:
The Offertory incensation:
The final blessing:
The clergy and servers procession forms up to leave the sanctuary:
Bishop Robert blesses in procession from the church:
Images: Oxford Oratory