Archive for March, 2013


March 25, 2013 Leave a comment

Broadcast LIVE

The Annexe, Park Crescent Terrace BN2 3HD Map

Officiant: HE Msgr Jerome Lloyd OSJV
Assisting: Deacon Andrew Scurr

0830 Mass & Homily*

0830 Mass*
(1645 Compline)
1700 Tenebrae

(0800 None)
0830 Mass of the Lord’s Supper, Procession, Altar of Repose, Stripping of the Altar
(1645 Compline)
1700 Tenebrae (of Good Friday)

(0800 None)
0830 Adoration of the Cross & Mass of the Pre-Sanctified
1030 Ecumenical Procession of Witness
1430 Stations of the Cross
(1645 Compline)
1700 Tenebrae (of Holy Saturday)

(0800 Sext/None)
0830 Vigil & First Mass & Vespers of Easter
(1645 Compline)
1700 Mattins & Laudes of Easter

(0900 Terce)
0930 Solemn Mass of Easter Day

*denotes “online” only, all other services are open to the public.

Metropolitan of Europe’s response to the election of Pope Francis

March 14, 2013 1 comment



outlinehabit“Carissimi! Let us rejoice that the Holy Ghost has seen fit to inspire the Cardinal Electors to choose a man who has truly embraced and demonstrably lives the spirit of the evangelical counsels. A religious Pope, the first for many years and the first from Latin America! How providential that the new Pope of a relatively “new” religious order (i.e. the Jesuits), should follow in the footsteps of a Pope inspired by the founder of the Church’s “senior” religious order, Benedict (ref the Benedictines). How wonderful too that he should take the name of the most renowned exemplar of the missionary and evangelical life, St Francis, surely one of the most beloved of the Saints whose life still inspires so many around the world and who himself was the founder of a religious order. Taking the name of Francis seems to speak in so many ways to us regarding the nature and spirit of the Pontificate the new Pope might desire to lead; holiness, evangelisation, simplicity, humility and most of all, charity. Let us pray for him, for our new Chief Shepherd. Let us pray for the Church. Let us pray for one another. Let us pray that this Pontificate will be blessed with an increase in faith, hope and charity for the Church, building upon the foundation of the solid teaching and example of Pope Emeritus, Benedict XVI. ” 

Metropolitan of Europe’s message at the beginning of the Conclave

March 12, 2013 Leave a comment

Nota Bene

  • Old Roman Catholicism is the orthodox continuation of the ancient See of Utrecht that was detached from communion with Rome by Pope Blessed Pius IX in 1853; despite a canonical case that had been in process since effectively 1710 upon the death of Archbishop Petrus Codde, when the Cathedral Chapter of the See of Utrecht exerted its ancient privilege to fill the vacant See by Papal grant of Pope Eugene III in 1145. As had always been the custom, the Cathedral Chapter elected a candidate for consecration and notified the Holy See who refused to ratify the decision, insisting instead upon its own candidate irrespective of the historical privilege of the Chapter. An impasse was then created but throughout which and to this day, the Old Roman Catholic Church has continued to send notice of the election and consecration of her bishops to the Holy See.
  • Archbishop Arnold Harris Mathew was forced to declare independence from the See of Utrecht for the preservation and continuance of orthodox Old Roman Catholicism in 1910 when the Protestantising influence of the German and Swiss “Old Catholics” became clear and certain liturgical and doctrinal reforms contrary to the spirit of Old Roman Catholicism were being promoted within the “Union of Utrecht”. Unable to reach an accommodation with the Holy See, Archbishop Mathew sought and achieved approbation from other Apostolic Patriarchates and in 1911 the Old Roman Catholic Church was granted autocephalous status and membership of the holy synod of the Patriarchate of Antioch, this was recognised in 1912 by Pope Photius of the Patriarchate of Alexandria.
  • Reunion with the Holy See still remains a goal of the various Old Roman Catholic bishops conferences and the Metropolitan is here expressing that sentiment in his letter regarding the Conclave.

Daily Mass Online 81’988 viewers!

March 9, 2013 1 comment

The Daily Mass Online website

The Daily Mass Online apostolate was begun primarily to serve the needs of the parishoners of the ORC Sussex Mission which, when it began, had no home to offer accessible public worship.  The Mass was originally broadcast from the domestic Oratory of the Provost of the Brighton Oratory and now is broadcast through the week from the domestic Oratory and at weekends from the Mission’s hired Mass centre. By the very fact of its being broadcast over the internet, the viewing audience began very quickly to include the housebound and those unable because of work to attend Mass on holy days of obligation as well as many overseas viewers wanting to view the Traditional Latin Mass.

The Daily Mass Online apostolate of the Brighton Oratory has recently collated statistics for the past four years of the project. Since broadcasting began on the Feast of the Assumption, 15th August 2008 up to Saturday, 2nd March 2013, a total 81’988 people have viewed the live broadcast or archived episodes of the Daily Mass Online; giving averages of 49 people PER DAY, or 1’490 per month, or 17’885 per annum. The statistics were collated from the three websites of the apostolate,, and the Daily Traditional Latin Mass channels UstreamsTV and  BlipTV, though viewers also view the recordings via distribution outlets including Facebook and iTunes. The total viewing figure includes both regular and “one-off” viewers. There is no charge to view the Daily Mass Online and the apostolate relies solely on donations, which somewhat limits the technical aspect of the broadcast to the most basic tools – a small laptop and wifi!

The Daily Mass Online broadcasts the Traditional Latin Mass i.e. the Tridentine Rite of 1570 codified by Pope, St Pius V with lections in English and a daily homily; Sunday to Friday at 0830 and on Saturdays at 1030. The broadcast includes an Act of Spiritual Communion for those watching online. The broadcast is generally a Low Mass offered with some reflective music or hymns to accompany and cover the Offertory and Communion. Occasionally special services are also broadcast, most recently the Ember Saturday Mass broadcast included the Ordination of a new Deacon for the Sussex Mission. To assist viewers a daily blogpost containing the Propers i.e. readings and prayers of the Mass is published daily on the Carissimi blog with introductory notes about the liturgy including biographical details of the saints and commentary on the readings.

In Advent and again now in Lent an additional programme called “The Vigil” is broadcast on Saturday evenings from 6pm. The service is in a more informal format designed to include live audience interaction via text and email from the website. “The Vigil” essentially has three components, beginning with reflections on the Sunday lections, intercessions where prayer requests from viewers are prayed for and votive lights lit before an icon of the Mother of God and concluding with Holy Communion from the Tabernacle for those present and an Act of Spiritual Communion for those watching. Reflective music, traditional hymns and simple repetitive chants (e.g. Taizé) are used to enable those at home to participate in the act of worship.

The Daily Mass Online apostolate, though primarily founded to serve the Old Roman Catholic faithful locally has become a spiritual tool for many others, its audience is known to include a regular viewer from “somewhere in the Vatican City State” and viewers from even further afield such as the Philippines and South America and even a Methodist minister and Christians of other denominations and traditions. It has also borne fruit in the development and encouragement of vocations and as a form of encouragement and comfort for dispersed Old Roman Catholics throughout the world, many of whom appreciate being able to see and hear a colleague and a bishop (i.e. the regular celebrant Msgr Lloyd is Metropolitan of the ORC Province of Europe) on a daily basis preaching the Gospel and offering Mass. For a small denomination with communities spread throughout the world, this daily example of commitment and fidelity in service is greatly appreciated.

The Daily Mass Online is still, to this day, the only daily broadcast of Mass from the European continent.

Daily Mass Sunday – Friday 0830, Saturday 1030 “The Vigil” 6pm. Traditional Holy Week liturgies (pre’55 rubrics) for Maundy Thursday, Good Friday, Holy Saturday and Easter Sunday at 0830 (Tenebrae at 1700)

Abune Mathias, 6th Patriarch of the Ethiopian Orthodox Tewahedo Church

March 4, 2013 Leave a comment


The Old Roman Catholic Church in Europe offers prayers for Abune Mathias, the 6th Patriarch of the Ethiopian Orthodox Tewahedo Church. Abune Mathias was chosen to head the Church on February 28th, having previously served as Archbishop of Jerusalem. Previously, he was Archbishop of North America and eventually Archbishop of the United States of America. The Church has suffered much in the past few years with upheaval in Ethiopia, and we pray that the Church will prosper and grow under Abune Mathias’ leadership.

The Ethiopian Church claims its earliest origins from the royal official said to have been baptized by Philip the Evangelist (not to be confused with Philip the Apostle), one of the seven deacons:
Then the angel of the Lord said to Philip, Start out and go south to the road that leads down from Jerusalem to Gaza. So he set out and was on his way when he caught sight of an Ethiopian. This man was a eunuch, a high official of the Kandake (Candace) Queen of Ethiopia in charge of all her treasure. (Acts, 8:26-27)

The passage continues by describing how Philip helped the Ethiopian treasurer understand a passage from Isaiah that the Ethiopian was reading. After the Ethiopian received an explanation of the passage, he requested that Philip baptize him, and Philip did so. The Ethiopic version of this verse reads “Hendeke” (ህንደኬ); Queen Gersamot Hendeke VII was the Queen of Ethiopia from ca. 42 to 52.

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