Monday, 28 March 2011
York Minster Mass
The Missa Cantata organised and celebrated by Fr Stephen Maughan turned out to be a real landmark in the movement to promote the Usus Antiquior of the Mass. The event in honour of St Margaret Clitherow attracted pilgrims from far and wide. Several hundred were in attendance spilling out from the choir into the nave. The Rudgate singers and friends did an outstanding job with the music. What a joy to hear the Gregorian chant and the Catholic music of William Byrd in its rightful place, which he himself must have doubted would ever be possible again. In converstion with the town sheriff after Mass, I was informed that some years ago when permission was obtained to celebrate the first Mass in the Minster since the Reformation one of the conditions had been that there would be no Latin ! Apparently this was still to much for one of the local Catholic Parishes who had been approached to host the event !