St Albert's last Sunday
We were through with The In-Laws last weekend. We attended the 9am Mass at St Albert's - the Edinburgh University Catholic Chaplaincy (and Priory of the Dominican community there) - on Sunday. Eldest Boy really liked it - "It was very quiet and prayerful" he said " I liked it" (not that we have a problem where we attend Mass - it's just that one notices the differences when one is away from home).
The celebrant was the relatively newly ordained priest, Fr Bruno Clifton, who was somewhat embarrassed that pictures of his ordination were featured in the Scottish Catholic Observer. Needless to say, he preached well - pitched such that children like my own would understand ('though this was not the "Family Mass") but also so that the smattering of dons and undergrads wouldn't go away unsatisfied. My experience with University Chaplaincies has been somewhat mixed over the years, so it was good to hear Mass celebrated according to the rubrics. He's a practitioner of "saythe black, do the red" and do you know what? It works.
I was delighted to see his family is (by modern standards) awash with vocations. It must have been a delight for his father to be deacon of honour at his ordination. Is this unique in the UK?
One hangover from The Reign of the Hippies, however, was the practice of opening the bidding prayers to the floor. As I have pointed out before, I do not like this practice.There was only one bidding prayer made in this way by a north american girl sitting behind me:
"That in this season of Michaelmas, the Archangel Michael will help us to rid ourselves of the Toxins and Negativity that afflict our hearts"
Toxins and negativity?