Good News from Walney Island

You might remember a nice blog by Fr. Paul Harrison called Thoughts from the Lune Valley.  Father has morphed that old blog into Thoughts from Walney Island, to reflect his present location.

Father posted the following:

Friday, February 08, 2008
Im saying the TLM this Sunday!

This Sunday I will be celebrating the Extra-ordinary Form for the very first time. I have just completed my second dry run – for want of a better expression. Thus far it has gone better that I anticipated. I have found the book "The most beautiful thing this side of heaven" very helpful. Also, even though my Latin is pretty minimal at the moment, even I have worked out the rubrics in the 1962 missal, you know were it says "kiss the altar" "with hands extended as before" etc!

My main concern is the pronunciation of the words – I hope and pray that those at the Mass will not be too amused as to laugh at the way I say the words lol. I’m sure I will make a few mistakes.


I am sure I speak for all WDTPRSer in extending Fr. Harrision every good wish for this Sunday’s Mass and our expression of solidarity.  I am sure it will go well.  Were I back at the Sabine Farm and had a little time, I would prepare a WDTPRSL podcazt for him for the Sunday Mass.  Alas, I am not in a position to do so at the moment.

I hope Fr. Harrison will make a good report of how everything went.

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  1. John says:

    I’m sure Father will learn the pronunciation. Most of it is learned and reinforced through repetition, and I hope he’ll be repeating the TLM every day as a priest.

  2. berenike says:

    “Dry run” is a good phrase in this context :-) (officium missae/missa sicca)

  3. In the Staffordshire region alone of Birmingham Archdiocese, England, I have heard reports that there are at least five priests who are learning who to say the extraordinary form, not counting other priests from other counties of the diocese. Things are certainly looking up.

  4. Wayne says:

    I’m in Lancaster Diocese same as Fr Paul whom I’ve never met. I’m sure everything will go well. The thing for us is we are nearly two hours north of Walney Island and so far we haven’t any Traditional Masses…despite repeated requests. It’s just not happening, I even walked into a Parish council meeting ( my wife is a Parish councellor, but feels she cant raise her voice, because it’s not the done thing ) and put a poitely worded written request right on the table…..result….nothing….Nada….silch….not even a poitely worded letter of reply saying we are ignoring you.

  5. Paul says:

    The website of the Latin Mass Society of Ireland has available a full audio version of the Ordinary of the Mass read very clearly in Latin. This might help Fr Harrison. See…

    Best wishes,


  6. Mairead says:

    God bless you Fr. Paul.I am sure everything will go well

  7. Christopher says:

    I think this is awesome and I will keep Father in my Prayers.

    I also wanted to extend to any priest that wants a DVD version of “The most Beautiful thing this side of heaven” I will send one to them Free of Charge all they have to do is ask.



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