Tessa the dog arrived at St Wilfrid's a year ago today. Here are some pictures of the year from York Races to York Floods....
Thank you to Teresa Caddy for organising a lovely visit to North Wales, a pleasant mix of the sacred and the secular. We had a morning in Llandudno followed by visits to the Marble Church of Bodelwyddan and St Winifred's Well at Holywell.We spent the night at the Franciscan Friary and National Shrine of St Pio of Pietrelcina where we had Mass and Holy Hour.On the way back we called in at Chester and saw the Cathedral.Please contact Teresa if you would be interested in future trips to Rome, Walsingham or Ladyewell.
Mass at 12 Noon
Haydn - Missa Sancti Nicolai
Haydn - Insanae et vanae curae
Bruckner - Christus factus est
Voluntary: Howells - Paean
Benediction at 6.30pm
Rossini - O salutaris
Schöpf - Tantum ergo
Allegri - Adoremus
Voluntary: Hakim - Tantum ergo
Do get to the York Minster Mystery Plays if you can. The production is excellent - very dramatic and compelling. You will find your understanding of the Catholic Faith enriched.
The plays were written and performed in Medieval York not only to help people understand the stories of the Bible but to enable them to enter more deeply in the worship of the Church. They serve the same purpose today. The cycle of the Christian year from Creation to the Last Judgement was brought out of the city's churches and into the streets.
This production makes excellent use of the space in the Minster and is true to the spirit of medieval performance. Highly technical effects are avoided but great drama is achieved by relatively simple means. The plays are perfomed on three levels, as they would have been on the carts in York's ancient streets. Earth is in the middle with heaven and hell above and below, each engaged in combat for the souls of men. The cosmic context of the drama is constantly present as the the angels and demons make their dramatic entrances.
There is so much to highlight, but for me the flood with its spectacle and comedy, the baptism in the Jordan and the tableau of the Last Supper were particularly fine. The Sacrifice of Isaac who willingly laid himself down on the altar was paralleled by the crucifixion when Jesus lay down willingly on his own Cross. Philip McGinley is an excellent Christ, conveying gentleness and authority, always in complete control of his destiny, striding though each scene completely at one with his Father's will for the salvation of the world.
You will be inspired.
St George's Church was packed last night for the Mass for Canon Michael Ryan's Golden Jubilee Mass.Afterwards there was a great celebration in the Barbican Centre. We hope to be able to link to a slideshow of photographs soon.Many congratulations to Canon Michael on fifty years of faithful priesthood. Thanks to Lars Karlsson for the photographs.
In honour of the Queen's Birthday the choir will sing the following programme of music on Sunday:
12 Noon Mass
Mozart - Coronation Mass
Mozart - Alleluia from Regina caeli in C
Mozart - Ave verum
Walton - Crown Imperial
Benediction at 6.30pm
O Salutaris - Elgar No.3
Tantum Ergo - Franck