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 The Octave Day is superseded by Trinity Sunday, which is a Sunday of the first class and a Double Feast of the second class.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.