Mgr Newton celebrated Solemn Mass at Most Precious Blood for their Titular Feast

UntitledOn Sunday 5th July Monsignor Keith Newton, Ordinary of the Personal Ordinariate of Our Lady of Walsingham was at the Church of the Most Precious Blood, Borough, to celebrate a Solemn Mass for the Titular Feast of the Most Precious Blood. 19258024110_9cff5a3282_z19257988410_77cdb03714_z19445495265_bb5b01e8ce_z19257898050_b4f879e6c3_zNote the ecumenical location of the BBQ (the Anglican Diocese of Southwark’s Board of Education) ! 19257884518_3d877bca11_z

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9 Responses to Mgr Newton celebrated Solemn Mass at Most Precious Blood for their Titular Feast

  1. EPMS says:

    I thought the feast of the Most Precious Blood was suppressed by Paul VI, and Corpus Christi renamed the Feast of the Body and Blood of Christ. At least I was so told by a Missionary of the Precious Blood, describing it ruefully as “that dark day in 1969”. Of course a votive mass of the Most Precious Blood can be celebrated any time, I assume.

    • Rev22:17 says:

      EPMS,

      You wrote: I thought the feast of the Most Precious Blood was suppressed by Paul VI, and Corpus Christi renamed the Feast of the Body and Blood of Christ.

      That is true, as it pertains to the general calendar of the Roman Rite, but nothing bars a diocese or a parish or a religious order to which it is of special significance from retaining the celebration in its proper calendar. It is indeed very fitting to retain the Feast of the Most Precious Blood in the proper calendar of a church or a parish that bears that title.

      Norm.

  2. David Murphy says:

    You are right, but MPB traditionally celebrate their Feast of Title on 1st July, the old feast day. Westminster Cathedral is also named Most Precious Blood, and Pope Benedict celebrated a votive mass of the Precious Blood there during his visit to the UK in 2010.

  3. A Feast of Title is celebrated on the most appropriate day relevant to the dedication or patronage of the church or parish. In this case the Sunday nearest the date of the Feast of the Most Precious Blood formerly in the Universal calendar seems highly appropriate for this Local Feast.

  4. EPMS says:

    Well, but if a parish was dedicated to, say, St Catherine (of Alexandria) when she was dropped from the team did the parish not have to choose a new patron? And if the new patron were St Catherine (of Bologna) it would not be appropriate to continue to celebrate the patronal festival on a day convenient to the former Catherine’s former feastday, rather than on March 9. Since the Most Precious Blood does in fact have a feastday (Corpus Christi) perhaps a closer analogue would be a parish dedicated to St Thomas the Apostle which continued to celebrate the patronal festival on December 21 or close thereto rather than on July 3. Pope Benedict’s votive mass was on September 18, so not really relevant here.

  5. David Murphy says:

    EPMS, the saints and feast days removed from the universal calendar were not uncanonised or abolished, and local celebrations are still possible. My own son still celebrates his feast on July 25th although his patron, St. Christopher, was removed from the calendar.

    • EPMS says:

      Yes, I see I was quite wrong about this. But not about a saint’s day or other feast whose date has been changed. I believe the Most Precious Bood is in this situation.

  6. Westminster Cathedral celebrates the Feast of Dedication on July 1st, commemorating the consecration which actually occurred on 28th June 1910, observed with the rank of Solemnity in the Cathedral, and with the rank of Feast across the diocese. However MPB is in the Southwark diocese, and so that day is not impeded for a local observance. The feast was removed from the General Roman Calendar in 1969, “because the Most Precious Blood of Christ the Redeemer is already venerated in the solemnities of the Passion, of Corpus Christi and of the Sacred Heart of Jesus and in the feast of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross” (see Calendarium Romanum Libreria Editrice Vaticana 1969); lack of general observance however does not preclude local observance where there is pastoral benefit, a fortiori where the mass itself has been preserved as a votive.

  7. I should add that the Ordinariate calendar has an optional memorial of St Oliver Plunket on July 1st, which may be supplanted by a votive mass.

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