The Oxford Ordinariate Group’s first mass took place at Pusey House on 30th April, and was attended by over 40 faithful. Pusey House holds a position of great significance in the history of the Oxford Movement, and we are very grateful to Fr Jonathan Baker, the Principal, for his support in these our early days. Fr Baker attended the mass in choir, and it was celebrated by Mgr Andrew Burnham, who also preached.
Appropriately, we began with the English version of the Regina Caeli, Joy to thee, O Queen of Heaven, and the music of the mass was chosen to encompass the variety of Anglican and Catholic sources on which we rejoice to draw. The ordinary was the Missa de Angelis, with additions from the Lourdes Jubilee 2008 Mass by JP Lecot, reflecting the importance of the joint Anglican-Catholic pilgrimage to the shrine three years ago. The setting of the Vidi Aquam was by Victoria, the offertory antiphon was sung to a setting by William Byrd, and Adrian Batten’s Agnus Dei from the Short Communion Service completed the selection of polyphony. The Epistle and Gospel were both sung to the traditional chants. We also sang hymns from the Anglican treasury, including The Strife is O’er, and Love’s Redeeming Work is Done.
The group continues to meet on Saturday evenings at Pusey House at 6.30pm (entry from 6.15pm), and at our next mass we welcome as our preacher Fr Richard Conrad, OP, Vice Regent of Blackfriars. Both the Oxford Ordinariate Group, and the clergy meeting at Allen Hall, are grateful for the contribution of the Dominican Order to our catechesis and formation.