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Embertide Ordinations 2013: Europe

September 23, 2013 1 comment
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Front Row L-R: Canon Emilio Tundidor-Suarez OSJV (Subdeacon of the Mass); Bishop Martin Charlesworth CSJV (Ordinary of Haemus); Fra Bonifacije Skulic OSB; Metropolitan Jerome Lloyd OSJV; Fr Andrew Scurr; Archbishop Douglas Lewins (ORCCGB); Fr Mark Dunning OSJV (Deacon of the Mass); Back Row L-R Ecumenical Guests: Fr Jonathan Munn (ACC DUK); Fr Alex Lane CMP (CofE); Mr Adrian Girvan (MC) & Mr Wayne Ferguson (Acolyte)

During Solemn Pontifical High Mass for the Feast of St Matthew the Apostle, offered in the Chapel on the Green, Twickenham (London UK), His Grace, Archbishop Jerome Lloyd OSJV, Metropolitan of Europe, ordained to the holy Priesthood the Revd Andrew Scurr and Fra Bonfiacije Skulic OSB.

The occasion is thought possibly to have been the first ordination of priests in England using the Tridentine Ordinal during a Solemn Pontifical High Mass in Latin since 1969. The proceedings were watched over by a statue of St John Vianney (a patron saint of the priesthood) brought from the Mother House of the Oratorians of St John Vianney (OSJV) and a relic of the True Cross crowned the altar. Representing the communion of saints, the altar itself had reliquaries of St Andrew, the Apostle and St Agnes, Virgin of Rome and St John Climacus.

A schola of professional singers together with parishioners from All Saints Twickenham conducted by Nick Gale (tutor, Gregorian Chant forum) sang the Gregorian chant propers of the Mass and William Byrd’s “Mass for Five voices” and the motet “Ave verum”.

Mass was followed with First Blessings by the new priests, the Metropolitan leading the clergy followed by the faithful. Then family, friends and visitors supporting the new priests enjoyed a champagne reception and buffet at All Saints’ Church. After a presentation of Oil Stocks to the newly ordained and a short word of thanks by the Metropolitan, a procession then took place to the shrine of Our Lady of Walsingham and a rousing rendition of the “Salve” by all present was sung as the Metropolitan emotionally presented the two newly ordained priests to the holy Mother of God, each new priest left a votiva of lilies upon the altar.

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Presentation of the new priests to the Mother of God

First Masses took place on the Sunday following, Fra Bonifacije celebrated his First Mass in the Oratory of the OSJV Mother House in Milton Keynes before taking his return flight home to Croatia; Fr Andrew offered his First Mass in the Oratory of the Buxted Mass Centre in Sussex. Please pray for our new priests and for the people they will serve.

The Metropolitan would like to offer his gratitude to all who came and participated or assisted in the ceremonies and particularly the following for their generous and particular assistance; Fr Alex Lane CMP and the singers and hospitality folk of All Saints, Twickenham, Mr Nick Gale for playing the organ and conducting the schola, the Revd Jenny Snashall and the congregation of the Chapel on the Green, Twickenham for their generous hospitality, Mr David Rumelle for photography and videography, Messers Adrian Girvan, Wayne Horridge and Timothy Holland for their assistance at the altar, the Community of the Servants of the Will of God, Crawley Down and Mount St Bernard Abbey for their prayers and hospitality as pre-ordination retreat venues and Fr Andrew Scurr for the handmade pontifical vestments and Mr Stephen Povey for sponsoring the reception.

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Provincial Ordinations, London September 21st

September 14, 2013 Leave a comment

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Parking. There is on-street parking around the church and there are ten pay and display spaces opposite the church (40p for 30 minutes); be aware of the resident’s parking zone signs otherwise. “The Green” also has some parking spaces as indeed do the roads around All Saints Church, Campbell Rd where the Reception will take place afterwards, only a five minute walk away. 
 
Public Transport. Buses 110, 267, 281, 290, 490, H22, R70, and night bus N22 stop near the church and around the Green. Click for a route map, or see the TfL web site for timetables (for buses put in stop name “Twickenham Green”).
 
The nearest railway stations are Strawberry Hill (0.45 miles, about 7-8 minutes walk) and Twickenham (1 mile, about 15-20 minutes walk). Both stations are in zone 5 on the Waterloo line.
N.B. Dresscode. It is the traditional custom for ladies to wear their heads covered in church, a shawl, scarf or hat are all quite suitable and modest non-sleeveless attire. Similarly for gentlemen, smart/causual wear e.g. suit or shirt and trousers, no jeans nor short-sleeved shirts, please. 

Archbishop resigns on health grounds

September 12, 2013 Leave a comment

papathanasiouOn Tuesday, September 3rd, 2013 His Grace Metropolitan Jerome OSJV regrettably accepted the resignation of Archbishop George Papathanasiou as diocesan bishop of Haemus, the south eastern diocese of the Province of Europe. His Excellency has been suffering ill health for a number of months with frequent hospital visits of longer duration each stay enduring radio-therapy and cardiology treatments.

In a letter dated September 2nd, His Excellency wrote to the Metropolitan offering his resignation and expressing his great regret at not being able to attend the Provincial Ordinations on September 21st in London, UK due to his doctors warning against the potential danger of air-travel (cabin pressure) to his heart. The diocese of Haemus is sponsoring two ordinands for ordination, Demetrius Hadjistavrides for Athens, Greece and Fra Bonifacije Škulić OSB for the monastery of the Reformed Hermits of St Benedict in Trogirskog, Croatia of which Archbishop George was to be a spiritual father as well as episcopal visitor, himself having been a Camoldolese monk. His Excellency is expected to retire to the Camaldoli Hermitage in Casentino, Italy returning to a life of quietude and prayer, the Prior having recently visited His Excellency in Greece to prepare the transition.

The Metropolitan replied, “Of course it is a great shame that your health is so deteriorated and I regrettably feel obliged to accept your resignation as diocesan bishop of Haemus with respect to your request which speaks of humility and true charity in the offering of your resignation. You are indeed to be commended for recognising, like the Pope Emeritus, that to continue in office so disadvantaged regarding your health, will not ultimately serve the Church and though I am sure it was frustrating to have come to such a conclusion, you do so maintaining our respect and fraternal appreciation.”

monsmartin2Archbishop George is succeeded as bishop of Haemus by Monsignor Martin Charlesworth, formerly an auxiliary bishop for the Province of Europe who had literally just begun his appointment as co-adjutor bishop for Haemus on September 1st. A coadjutor bishop possessing the right of succession immediately becomes the successor of a diocesan when he retires, resigns or dies.  Monsignor Charlesworth was appointed earlier this year by the Metropolitan specifically to assist Archbishop George in the care of the diocese of Haemus which serves most of the Balkan countries of south eastern Europe. The new bishop of Haemus will be based and is moving to Hungary later this month, as originally planned, following the Provincial Ordinations in London, but now as diocesan Ordinary.

Metropolitan Jerome OSJV asks all clergy and faithful of the Province of Europe to remember Archbishop George, giving thanks to God for his many years of service to the Church, particularly in his apostolates to the poor providing food, medical facilities and cancer screening facilities to the poor of rural Greece and Africa in partnership with the Orthodox Church. His Grace asks also for prayers for Bishop Martin as he begins his new appointment and moves to a new home in a new country.

ORC Priest leads 9/11 Remembrance

September 12, 2013 Leave a comment

Canon Nioclás Kelly of St Anne’s Old Roman Catholic Mission in Chicago, led prayers to remember all those who perished or were affected by the tragic events of September 11th 2001. Canon Kelly is Chaplain to Irving Park Cemetery, the final resting place for the late Archbishop Carmel Henry Carfora.

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