Monday, August 8, 2011

Mutual Enrichment of the Ordinary Form at Father Charles Briggs' Silver Jubilee

From the Southwark Archdiocese website (reproduced here in full since it is not possible to link to individual posts):
Father Charles with Archbishop Kevin, clergy and servers after his
Jubilee Mass
Father Charles Briggs, Parish Priest of Saint Mary's, Chislehurst, and the diocesan Archivist, celebrated twenty-five years as a priest on Tuesday, 2nd August 2011, with a High Mass of Thanksgiving at St Mary's.

Father Charles was assisted by Father Timothy Finigan as deacon and Deacon John Harrison as subdeacon. Archbishop Kevn, who gave the homily, was among the large number of clergy from the diocese and beyond who were present. Eight servers competently served the High Mass, which was in the Extraordinary Form of the Roman Rite. At the end of Mass a Solemn Te Deum was sung in thanksgiving.

Note: Ordinary Form Mass with deacons and concelebrating priest, deacons raising the chasuble as the celebrant elevates the Host. Mass ad orientem. (My comment.)

Father Charles offered a further Mass on Saturday, 6th August, when he was joined, among others, by Provost Joseph Collins and Father Philip Glandfield
And from the Archivist's personal archive:
Father Charles is ordained by Bishop John Jukes in August 1986


  1. What a pretty little church.

  2. It is very pretty Church where great attention is paid to rubrics and reverence - but the real beauty is that, though the congregation is modest, there is one young gentleman (in the photo above I think) who is at seminary (Divine Word Missionaries) and there are apparently others seriously considering vocations.


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