Since the retirement of Fr. John Cornelius, the Ordinariate Fellowship of St. Alban in Rochester has been without a pastor for four months now. Although St. Thomas the Apostle Church was officially designated as temporary mass site for the interregnum, the group has still had a full, mainly lay-led, schedule.
Some examples of the various events are:
- Evensong on Nov 23, Dec 28, Feb 8
- Lessons and Carols on Jan 11
- Attendance at the reception and confirmation of a Group member in Auburn
- Attendance at an Extraordinary Form Mass in East Bloomfield
- Ordinariate Mass with guest celebrant, Fr. Jason Catania from Kitchener, ON
- Pub night on Dec 4
- Christmas Party on Dec 28
- Barbecue on Feb 28
- Visit from Evan Simington, who is preparing for the priesthood in the Ordinariate, from April 10 – 13
Now the Fellowship have noted on their website that a priest has offered to celebrate several of the Easter Triduum services with them, which is a wonderful piece of news:
Holy Week and Easter at St. Alban’s
The St. Alban fellowship will celebrate Holy Week and Easter services this year.
We are pleased to announce that the new judicial vicar for the Ordinariate, Fr. Becket Soule OP, will be paying us a visit during Holy Week, and saying the services for us. This is a wonderful opportunity for our group. Fr. Soule is a professor at the Pontifical College Josephinum in Columbus, Ohio, where he holds the Bishop James A. Griffin Chair of Canon Law. He is also a Dominican. His visit will be from March 31 to April 6.
Importantly, many of the services we will be using are newly approved Ordinariate Holy Week services, drawing from the same well of sources as our office and Mass.
We will have the following services at Good Shepherd Church:
Wednesday, 1 April
7:30 pm Tenebrae
8:30 pm – 9:00 pm Confessions
Friday, 3 April [Good Friday]
12:00 noon Celebration of the Passion, Solemn Collects, Veneration of the Cross, Holy Communion
1:30 pm (or at the conclusion of the service) – 2:00 pm Confessions
Saturday, 4 April [Holy Saturday]
10:00 am Morning Prayer [and Blessing of Easter Baskets]
10:30 am – 11:00 am Confessions
Sunday, 5 April [Easter Day]
3:00 pm Mass
Note: The Tenebrae ceremony is the gradual extinguishing of candles upon a stand in the sanctuary called a hearse. Eventually, the Roman Rite settled on fifteen candles, one of which is extinguished after each of the nine psalms of Matins and the five of Lauds, gradually reducing the lighting throughout the service. The six altar candles are put out during the Benedictus, and then any remaining lights in the church. The last candle is hidden beneath the altar, ending the service in total darkness. The strepitus (Latin for “great noise”), made by slamming a book shut, banging a hymnal or breviary against the pew, or stomping on the floor, symbolizes the earthquake that followed Christ’s death, although it may have originated as a simple signal to depart. After the candle has been shown to the people, it is extinguished, and then put “on the credence table,” or simply taken to the sacristy. All rise and then leave in silence.(Adrian Fortescue, The Ceremonies of the Roman Rite Described, 1917, page 288).
We congratulate the Fellowship of St. Alban on their initiative and perseverance during this Interregnum and hope and pray that it will not be long before they are able to welcome their new permanent pastor.