Today I had the honour of attending an Ordinariate High Mass for Pentecost at St Agatha’s, Portsmouth.

From Ritual Notes, “The Vigil of Pentecost is a Semi-double and is one of those days on which it is forbidden to celebrate any Feast. Whitsun Day and its Octave are of precisely the same rank and have the same privileges as the Octave of Easter, and should therefore be observed in a similar manner. The Octave Day is superseded by Trinity Sunday, which is a Sunday of the first class and a Double Feast of the second class. On the Whitsun Ember Days the colour of the Octave, Red, will be retained, and at a High Celebration of the Holy Eucharist the Deacon and Sub-deacon will wear the Dalmatic and Tunicle.”

The three sacred ministers wore beautiful vestments. Dare I say that the vestment collection of Father Maunder/St Agatha’s Trust easily outrank those at Froyle?

It’s such a shame that the collector Sir Hubert Miller, who travelled across the continent collecting vestments for his beloved church, is buried in a nondescript part of the cemetery. How sad.

We can only hope that when Father passes away the vestments at St Agatha’s will be suitably stored and maintained. Such a collection shouldn’t be housed at the V&A but continue to be used at the Sacred Altar for their original purpose- the glory of the Most High.

During the Pentecost sermon Father spoke of the Holy Spirit and how the Spirit echoes the words of Jesus. Truth cannot change.

It was also mentioned that Friday’s Requiem Mass at 11am will be offered for those killed in last night’s terror attack. Apparently the police cordon encompasses the church of the Precious Blood which is under the care of the Ordinariate. We pray for the emergency services, the injured and the dead.



2 thoughts on “Pentecost

  1. The Froyle vestments are indeed very fine but the collection is no longer used for the purpose it was originally intended to do by Sir Hubert Miller. The Anglo Catholic squire wanted to identify with the Catholic Church – the vestments and the various fittings he installed in the parish church were the outward visible sign of a spiritual quest – to be one with Rome. In that quest he was one of many seeking to unite Anglicans with the One True Church. Sadly that is no longer the case. By ignoring the offer of Pope Benedict Anglo Catholics of the new order ie post Benedict, have shown that they have no intention to become Catholic although they will continue to “dress up” – but of course that places them along side pantomime dames and prince charmings, where, perhaps they had not intended to be but at least they can look good! One can only wonder what the good squire would have thought, indeed, does think?
    The collection is well kept and one must acknowledge the care of the ladies who organise the annual exhibition and raise money for repair and conservation work. I recall visiting Froyle in my youth with a friend who is also now a Catholic priest. We were roundly told off for requesting a view of the vestments which, the then vicar told us, “are of no importance”. By the 1970’s Froyle was on the decline into the new Protestant order of things.
    The collection is now vertually secular, just as much as a collection in the V&A. Anyone can wear the vestments and many of those who view them on a Sunday have not the slightest clue as to their significance. They look nice – especially at Christmas, when candles and decorations evoke the spirit of “Merry England” as well as a merry Christmas – and, of course, reminds those watching that they must book their tickets for the other show in town – now is it Jack and the Beanstalk this year?

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    1. An “Anglo Catholic” recently wrote the following regarding St Mary, Froyle, “Last Sunday I went for my first service there of Choral Evensong, for those who don’t know Choral Evensong is one of the defining features of Anglicanism and is celebrated in almost every Anglican Cathedral on a daily basis.
      As I had said St. Mary’s was once a paragon of rural Catholicism and although parishes had been amalgamated I thought it had retained some of that spirit – how wrong could I be!
      I sit down in the pew, the booklet is for a BCP evensong, so far so good, there will be an anthem and the Psalms and Magnificat were printed for Anglican Chant. Now I know rural Hampshire isn’t All Saint’s, Margaret Street but I was expecting a church with such a rich collection of vestments put on a bit of a show, what do I get?
      The vicar (male at least) comes in in a cassock-alb two sizes too small and a generic golden stole, he has a tattershall clerical shirt on and brown suede Chelsea boots!
      But that isn’t all, he’s using a microphone in a tiny church and it gets interference, what does he do: “I wonder whose phone that is? Is it the vicar’s?” he gets out his mobile phone and checks it and then puts it down on the prayer desk – STILL ON !
      Finally the last great sin was the final blessing which since he gave it from the middle of the church, with the choir in the chancel, he had to do it while rotating!
      No wonder the churches are empty and the Church of England’s dying, what happened to decorum? To surplices and hoods? To Percy Dearmer?”


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