UK Ordinariate’s first Festival a resounding success

I have been silent for a few days because I have been in London taking part in the Festival of the Personal Ordinariate of Our Lady of Walsingham, where I unfortunately had no internet access.

Having now returned home I can report that the Festival was a most uplifting experience and fulfilled all the expectations of those attending and a few more.

My initial fear that referring to this first national meeting of the Ordinariate as a “Festival” might raise the level of expectation to an unattainable level was shown to be completely unfounded. For example, during the Mass in Westminster Cathedral at Saturday lunchtime, this large church with its enormous capacity was a sea of persons from front to back, with the Ordinariate members sitting elbow to elbow in the front pews (they had been requested to do so) but flowing over into the rear section, where I was seated.

The Mass itself, being the cathedral’s regular 12.30 service, was planned as rather low-key in general but turned out to be more like a Pontifical High Mass with about forty concelebrants and hymn-singing to raise the (very high) rafters.

Here am I with my white beard after Communion

Here am I with my white beard after Communion

During the Festival events both the Cathedral Hall (Saturday) and the Church of Our Lady of the Assumption and St. Gregory, Warwick Street (Friday evening and Sunday morning) were full to capacity, the atmosphere was joyful and dynamic, the quality of the talks and presentations was very high and the participation and applause were overwhelming. I shall be reposting Festival talks etc. from various sources and making comments of my own in the next couple of days, so happy reading (and commenting).

David Murphy

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One Response to UK Ordinariate’s first Festival a resounding success

  1. Rev22:17 says:

    David,

    You wrote: … I can report that the Festival was a most uplifting experience and fulfilled all the expectations of those attending and a few more.

    This is fantastic news!

    As an outsider reading the accounts of the recent exploration day and the festival, it’s impossible to assess exactly what is taking place through these events. Undoubtedly there’s at least a bonding, a fusion, that will be important for the ordinariate’s future. We also pray that the seeds planted by these events will grow and blossom, bearing much fruit, in due course — but this process obviously will take time. The imperative is to be realistic in our expectations, not setting ourselves up for disappointment by expecting too much too soon.

    May God’s blessings be upon all who participated in this event!

    Norm.

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