Wednesday, 20 December 2017

Requiem Mass 2017

A little unseasonal, we have just received some photographs of the Requiem Mass for deceased members and friends of the Order which was celebrated in Preston this year. The Canons of the Institute of Christ the King were kind enough to welcome us to their Church of St Thomas of Canterbury and the English Martyrs, a fine church by Edward Welby Pugin.

The Chaplain General, Fr Simon Henry, was assisted by Canon Scott Tanner of the Institute and Fr Leo Daley of the Archdiocese of Liverpool and a team of altar servers drawn from the Institute parishes and St Catherine's Church, Leyland. Many thanks to all those who assisted.

Mass was a particularly beautiful experience in that the musical setting was Fauré's Requiem - performed it in its proper liturgical context, instead of hearing it as a concert piece. Fauré conducted its first outing in 1888 at La Madeleine in Paris. The wonderful singers of "Octavius" did it more than justice, along with David Scott-Thomas at the organ. Truly beautiful. Thanks to one of our most active members, Anthony Dickinson, for organising their taking part. 

 Grand Prior H.E. The Much Honoured Baron of Fetternear and other members taking their place in church, along with Chaplain  Fr William Charlton from Middlesbrough Diocese in choir. Thanks to everyone who came along (and to lunch afterwards in the hall). It was a goodly congregation in such a large church.

Tuesday, 28 November 2017

Carol Concert



Free Entry

Mince pies &mulled wine

St Catherine’s 


Stanifield Lane      Farington    (Next to the park)

 Saturday 16th December


A collection will take place for those

suffering from leprosy 

for Cardinal Malcolm Ranjith's Charity

 - SUROL - 

working in Sri Lanka

The Octavius Choir 

with organist Mr David Scott-Thomas 

have provided us with a superb evening over the last few years with carols, Christmas songs and seasonal presentations, and we are enormously pleased to welcome them back this year, as once again they give their talents to the service of this wonderful charity.

Saturday, 4 November 2017

Gala Dinner in Brussels

The Grand Master with members of the Order in the Grand Place, Brussels.

Members making their way to “La Maison du Cygne” on the Grand Place 
for the Gala Dinner following the Investiture Mass in Brussels last weekend.

A cheque is presented to one of the charities supported by the Grand Priory of Belgium.
A reminder that our sparkling evening, whilst hugely enjoyable, also had a charitable purpose in mind. Bringing the members of the Order together to build up our efforts to help others through the many varied charities supported by the Order throughout the world is at the heart of our spiritual purpose. 

Building up Confraternity enables our Charity and builds up our Spirituality.

A few photographs follow giving a flavour of the evening.
As ever, there is a sprinkling of our British members
joining the happy throng!

With thanks to Vincent Vangrunderbeek 
for the splendid photographs.
Used with permission.

Friday, 3 November 2017

Mass and Investiture in Brussels

The High Altar in the church of St Nicholas.

 Brussels was the setting for the annual meeting of the Chapter of the Governing Council this year, hosted by the Grand Priory of Belgium and Luxemburg. Following on from the business meetings, where we heard reports of the great charitable work being done by members of the Order throughout the world, members gathered in the beautiful church of St Nicholas in the heart of Brussels for Holy Mass and the investiture of new members, as well as promotions.

Members gathering in the square to process into church.

The Marshal of the Grand Priory of Brussels 
leads the procession into the church.

Chaplains of the Order from Belgium, France, Spain and Great Britain 
assisted in celebrating the Mass.

Grand Prior of Belgium and Luxemburg, H.E. Damien van Bellingham
addresses the candidates.

A new member of the Order.

A new Chavalier.

A promotion.

The Grand Master HE Jan Count Dobrzenský z Dobrzenicz 
and HRH Prince Charles-Philippe d'Orléans.

With thanks to Vincent Vangrunderbeek 
for the splendid photographs.