Maundy Thursday At The Brompton Oratory

The “not a beach ball over the altar in sight” Reblog

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The Church was packed.

The celebration was extremely reverent.

The music was breathtaking – and inspiring – as always.

I haven’t spotted any woman among the viri selecti; who were, I assure you, all belonging to the Christian faith.

The photos are here.


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Posted on August 3, 2013, in Traditional Catholicism. Bookmark the permalink. 7 Comments.

  1. radjalemagnifique


    If I remember well, in my childhood the Crosses in the churches, during the Triduum, were veiled in violet (not in white). These two colors have different meanings.

    On the very sad (at least for me) video showing Pope Emeritus and the Bishop of Rome kneeling side-by-side, before Easter, in Benedict’s chapel, the Cross was veiled in violet.

    Can you interview the Brompton Oratorians about this ? As a social anthropologist, I’m very interested in rites. And thank’s anyway to the Oratorians for their good work (once a great order in France, especially in the education field).

    Radja le Magnifique

    • I would obviously not interview the Oratorians because this would mean to give away my anonymity. I do not attend there so often anyways.


  2. The rubrics for the 1962 missal call for the cross to be veiled in white on Maundy Thursday and the Gloria to be sung accompanied by the ringing of the Sanctus and Church bells. I would think this is to indicate that the Church is joyful on this day upon which the sacraments of the Eucharist and Holy Orders were instituted. Of course, immediately following the procession to the altar of repose, the focus becomes the sadness of Good Friday.
    I believe the Oratorians follow the 1962 veiling rubric even in the Novus Ordo, since the veiling of the crucifix and statues is optional in the Novus Ordo.
    Hope this helps.

  3. radjalemagnifique

    Thank you, James, for your very interesting explanations. They really give a logical sense to the rite.

    Rites, as symbols, have a meaning, many of them having been put aside as a result of Vatican II, so most people don’t understand them well now. I think if we are to ask for more Traditional Latin Masses, we should somehow explain these rites, the resistance of the Novus Ordo faithfuls could be lessened by proper understanding of what’s going on. Does anyone know about a site for this, or do we have a fellow reader who could do some teaching about it (if Mundabor agrees) ?

    As for Mundabor, sorry, I didn’t meant you to write to them, but on occasion ask informally when encountering one of them.


  4. Beautiful Church. I was a regular during my London days during the “indult thingie”. (Lived just around the corner.) Good to see they have a normal daily mass (1962 rubric) now. Hope it is offered in the main church and not the little chapel off on the side, so people can actually find it.

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