Members of the Oxford Ordinariate Group were received into the Catholic Church on Wednesday in Holy Week, ‘Spy Wednesday’, at the Oratory Church of St Aloysius, Woodstock Road, Oxford. The group, including former Anglican clergy, students, and children, were received by the group leader, Mgr Andrew Burnham. Taking as his text the disciples’ question to Jesus,“‘Where will you have us prepare for you to eat the Passover?’” Mgr Burnham preached on visions of the Ordinariate’s future. The Catholic Herald website published the homily in full, and it is available here.
The group had attended catechesis at the Oratory, and it was fitting that the receptions took place at the Oratory’s regular Wednesday evening celebration, further enriched with plainchant and hymns. The congregation sang, in effect, a Holy Week journey: My Song is Love Unknown, O Thou Who at Thy Eucharist Didst Pray, and When I Survey the Wond’rous Cross. The organ was played by Fr Dominic Jacob, Cong. Orat., and the ordinary of the mass for ferias in Lent, as well as the plainsong Ave Verum, was sung by Alex Lloyd and Emily Curry.