Here is post from the charming and erudite Prof. Joseph Shaw of England’s Latin Mass Society.
61 Traditional Christmas Masses in England and Wales
See the whole list of Christmas Masses here, and Masses for the Epiphany here.
The Latin Mass Society is advertising a record number of Masses in the Extraordinary Form being celebrated this Christmas. Counting Midnight Mass and the Mass of Christmas Day, there will be no fewer than 61 celebrations this year. This represents an increase of 11 since last year.
2012 – 44
2013 – 50
2014 – 50
2015 – 61
It is interesting that there was not increase between 2013 and 2014. In many ways I have the impression that there was something of a pause in the development of the Traditional Mass around that time. [Hmmm… what happened then?] But that is over now, and it is not difficult to see where the growth has come from. We have a whole group of new centres for the celebration of the Traditional liturgy coming on-stream this year: the Institute of Christ the King Sovereign Priest in Preston, the Fraternity of St Peter in Warrington, the Friars in Gosport, the Oratory in York, a new EF Mass venue in Bedford, and so on.
Who would have thought, ten years ago, that there would be celebrations of the Traditional Mass for Christmas in six churches in the Archdiocese of Liverpool?
That there would be a Traditional Mass for Christmas in places like the University Chaplaincy at Leeds, or Portsmouth Cathedral?
That there would be traditional High Masses – with celebrant, deacon and subdeacon – in five different places for Christmas? In Sheffield, Birmingham, Warrington, New Brighton, and Gosport.
We have a long way to go, in making the Traditional Mass genuinely available to Catholics in England and Wales. But thanks to the tremendous work of the priests who love this Mass, and to the faithful who support them – including the Latin Mass Society – we are moving in the right direction.
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Brick by brick, my readers, brick by brick.
However, I will remind you about what I have written before.
Summorum Pontificum was a game-changer, people. Priests don’t need permission to use the older books. Pastors don’t have to crawl with their trembling beggar bowl and cringe before the lord bishop.
Also, don’t hitch all your hopes for a bright future only on specialist priests of the FSSP or ICK. As good as they are, and they are great fellows and the groups are wonderful, I hold that the real reform will being when more diocesan priests learn the older, traditional Form and use it regularly in their parishes.
We must NOT be complacent with one Mass at a reasonable time at one parish. We must NOT allow ourselves to be shoved into ghettos or concentration chapels. No. Take it over the borders into new territories. Invade! Be the maquis!
MORE MORE MORE! That’s what we need.
I had a note from a young parish priest in my native place of Minnesota about his recently implemented TLM. He wrote:
OVER 200 attended our EF Mass tonight. More than double our highest attendance and not to mention, my awesome young school principal (largest elementary in the TC) was in attendance with her 4 or 5 kids and husband.
And to you who haven’t yet been to Holy Mass in the traditional, Extraordinary Form… what are you waiting for?
As I have written in the past, you have been given what you need to get what you long for. Stop moping about.
WE CAN DO IT!