Wednesday, 4 October 2017

Fauré's Requiem

The Grand Priory of Great Britain 
will celebrate it's annual Mass 
offered for the souls of deceased members, benefactors and friends on 

Saturday 18th November at 11.30am

in the

  Church of St Thomas and the English Martyrs

Garstang Road, Preston.

Further details to follow.

There is a fine pipe organ at the  church and we are very pleased that 
Mr David Scott-Thomas will accompany the Octavius Choir in providing

 Faurés Requiem 

as the Mass setting.
It will be Solemn Mass in the Traditional Form.

Our thanks also to the Canons of the Institute of Christ the King 
for allowing welcoming us to their church.

Tuesday, 29 August 2017

High Mass for 2017

Chaplains leading the Vigil Service. 

Not all the members were sitting in the congregation!

Conf. and Cons. David and Teresa O'Neill.

We offered Mass in the Traditional Form. 
A Votive Mass of Our Lady of Ransom,
a wonderful title,
also known as Our Lady of Mercy.
The Blessed Virgin appeared in 1218 in separate visions to St. Peter Nolasco, St. Raymond of Penafort and James, king of Aragon, asking them to found a religious order dedicated to freeing Christian captives from the barbarous Saracens or Moors, who at the time held a great part of Spain. On August 10, 1218, King James established the royal, military and religious Order of our Lady of Ransom (first known as the Order of St. Eulalia, now known as the Mercedarian Order), with the members granted the privilege of wearing his own arms on their breast. Most of the members were knights, and while the clerics recited the divine office in the commanderies, they guarded the coasts and delivered prisoners. This pious work spread everywhere and produced heroes of charity who collected alms for the ransom of Christians, and often gave themselves up in exchange for Christian prisoners. This feast, kept only by the Order, was extended to the whole Church by Innocent XII in the 17th century.

There exists in England today a Guild of Our Lady of Ransom. Its mission is three-fold:

1. The Conversion of England and Wales.
    “Go therefore and make disciples of all nations”, Matthew 28:19.
2. The restoration of the lapsed.
      “Have I any pleasure in the death of the wicked, says the Lord God, 
        and not rather that he should turn from his way and live?” Ezekiel 18:23
3. Prayer for the forgotten dead.
    “It is therefore a holy and wholesome thought to pray for the dead, 
that they may be loosed from sins.” 

The Grand Prior and the Priory were very pleased to be able to welcome to Mass 
the Vice Lord Lieutenant of Lancashire, Col. Alan Jolley and his wife, Mary.

Introibo ad altare Dei.



Mass was celebrated by Chaplain, Fr Willaim Charlton
assisted by Chaplain Fr Mark Lawler 
and Canon Gwenaël Cristofoli, ICKSP, 
from the Shrine of St Walburge's in Preston.

Fr Lawler chants the Epistle.
Thanks to MC Mr Louis Sanzey, 
and also to the other altar servers who assisted so ably.

The Chaplain General Preaches the homily.

members in their mantles and the ladies in mantillas as well.

 Exuent omnes at the conclusion of the Mass.

 Conf. Brian Williamson is promoted to Chevalier.

Fr William Charlton is promoted to Senior Chaplain.

 Fr Mark Lawler is made a Commander of Merit.

Conf. Andrew McDermott is promoted to Serving Brother.

 Thanks to Chev. Anthony Dickinson for arranging the wonderful music
and to Mr David-Scott Thomas at the organ.
The Mass setting was a striking one,
Missa Secunda in B flat ‘In honorem Sancta Caeciliae' 
- Fr Joseph Egbert Turner 1853 - 97.

Luncheon was served in the splendid setting of Farington Lodge,
conveniently just next door to the church.

 Vice Lord Lieutenant of Lancashire, Col. Alan Jolley proposes the Loyal Toast.

The Grand Prior, the Baron of Fetternear, 
makes the vote of thanks in his usual inimitable style.


Some of the members in church after Mass

And finally, no event would be complete without our Hospitaller, 
Chev. William Hackett,
who was also made a Commander of Merit this year.

Monday, 7 August 2017

Investiture Invitation

A last chance reminder for any members and friends who have still to reply to the invitation to the Investiture weekend.

Friday 18th August. 
7.30pm  the Vigil,
followed by Dinner at La Corte Restaurant.

Satruday 19th August.
11am High Mass and the Investiture
followed by a Drinks Reception 
Luncheon at Farington Lodge.

Special Gueststhis year,
Vice Lord Lieutenant of Lancashire, Col. Alan Jolley and Mrs Mary Jolley.

Please contact teh Chancellor as soon as possible if you are intending to come and have not yet replied.

Monday, 10 July 2017

Mgr. Dominique Rey Bishop of Fréjus-Toulon is made Prelate Grand Cross of the Order


The annual Chapter of the Grand Priory of Monaco took place on 10th June at Castelet in the presence of Monsignor Dominique Rey, Bishop of Fréjus-Toulon. Also present were HE Count Jan Dobrzenskÿ z Dobrzenicz, Grand Master of Order and HE Prince Charles-Philippe d' Orléans, Duke of Anjou and Grand Master Emeritus, now Grand Prior of France and President of the Governing Council of the Order.

On this occasion Archbishop Rey received the Grand Cross of the Order, becoming a Prelate Grand Cross. In addition, one new Consoeur and seven new Confreres entered the Order, whilst eight members were promoted. Thanks be to God.

Bishop Rey is renowned far beyond his own diocese in the south of France for his forward thinking and the number of ordinations he draws to his diocese, bucking the trend of most dioceses in the western world. Also, for his support of tradition in the Church. For the past several years he has been the inspiration behind an innovative Liturgical Conference - Sacra Liturgia - this year held in Milan (and previously in Rome and London). To say nothing of the annual festival of St Tropez (the Bravade), which draws thousands to take part in the three-day spectacle every year.

Chaplain in Great Britain, Fr Simon Henry, 
with Bishop Rey in St Tropez.

Birthday Donation

The SUROL Bulletin this quarter gives the Grand Priory of Great Britain a full page of thanks occasioned by the donation of £3,125. The Grand Prior, HE Martin Thacker, recently celebrated his 50th birthday and asked for donations for SUROL instead of gifts. 

Happy Birthday to our Grand Prior in this significant year and long may he reign over us!

Tuesday, 23 May 2017

A message from Her Majesty The Queen to the Lord-Lieutenant of Greater Manchester

A message from Her Majesty The Queen to the Lord-Lieutenant of Greater Manchester 
Published 23 May 2017

The whole nation has been shocked by the death and injury in Manchester last night of so many people, adults and children, who had just been enjoying a concert.

I know I speak for everyone in expressing my deepest sympathy to all who have been affected by this dreadful event and especially to the families and friends of those who have died or were injured.

I want to thank all the members of the emergency services, who have responded with such professionalism and care.

And I would like to express my admiration for the way the people of Manchester have responded, with humanity and compassion, to this act of barbarity.


Monday, 22 May 2017

Cardinal Duka and Prague Festival

Cardinal Duka led the celebrations for the feast of St John Nepomuk, Patron Saint of Prague, last week.  A splendid Mass in the packed Cathedral celebrated by the Cardinal, who was joined by the Papal Nuncio, Archbishop Giuseppe Leanza (3rd from the left) with about forty priests in attendance, many seminarians, members of the Order and Chaplain General from Great Britain, Fr Simon Henry as well. (1st on the left). In the morning before the Mass, Cardnal Duka received Fr Simon in his office in the Archbishops Palace for a short meeting.

 Members of the Order preparing for the Procession.

Before Mass began, the cardinal blessed a team of horses from Moravia from the balcony of his palace.

As Mass concluded, the clergy and people processed from the Cathedral with the relic of St John. The elaborate canopy to the rear hangs over his magnificent shrine, where the relic is kept.

The celebration goes back a long way, flourishing in the Baroque period, but was in abeyance for many years under the years of Communist rule. However, in recent years Cardinal Duka has re-established it as a huge public festival, with a procession through he streets and over the Charles Bridge, concluding with a spectacular fireworks display on the river, complete with full orchestra and a huge party on a river boat for the great and the good of Prague. Used very much as a way to put the Church back at the centre of the city's cultural life. (The Church suffered greatly in the former Czechoslovakia and the present day Czech Republic has only about 10% of the population declaring themselves as Catholics.)

An open topped carriage is gifted to the Cardinal for the day, which means that he can ride for most of the procession, rather than walk (lucky him, it takes quite while).

The relic on the Charles Bridge, where prayers and litanies at his statue were said at the site marked as the place of martyrdom, where he was thrown into the river in 1393.

The fireworks were something to behold and great fun in concert with the music.

The following day Fr Simon Henry and Chev. Petr Řehoř, along with others from the Order held a useful meeting to discuss various issues relating to common approaches the Order to various issues.

There are many more photographs


and HERE on the Archdiocesan site.

A news report here - in Czech, if anyone is clever enough to speak it!

The splendid fireworks.