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.
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.