Card. Castrillon Hoyos to pontificate at Westminster Cathedral

I got this via e-mail:

Cardinal Dario Castrillon Hoyos to Celebrate Pontifical High Mass in the Traditional Latin Rite in Westminster Cathedral, Saturday 14 June 2008

The Latin Mass Society is proud to announce that Cardinal Dario Castrillon Hoyos, President of the Ecclesia Dei Commission in Rome and Prefect Emeritus of the Congregation for the Clergy, has accepted its invitation to celebrate a Pontifical High Mass in the Traditional Latin Rite (the Extraordinary Form) in Westminster Cathedral on Saturday 14 June at 2.00 pm.

Cardinal Castrillon Hoyos is one of Pope Benedict XVI’s closest collaborators and is charged with oversight of the Vatican’s relations with the religious communities and laity committed to the Extraordinary Form of the Roman Rite.



The LMS hopes to arrange for Cardinal Castrillon Hoyos to call on Cardinal Cormac Murphy-O’Connor, Archbishop of Westminster, at Archbishop’s House close to the Cathedral on Saturday morning. Cardinal Castrillon Hoyos will then deliver an address at the LMS’s AGM in Westminster Cathedral Hall later in the morning. He will then take lunch with the LMS’s Committee members before celebrating Mass in the Cathedral at 2.00 pm.

As befits a Prince of the Church, Cardinal Castrillon Hoyos will be welcomed at the Cathedral west door in full cappa magna before processing to the Blessed Sacrament Chapel to pray; he will then vest in the sanctuary whilst the Cathedral choir sings. Pontifical High Mass will then be celebrated at the High Altar with all the breathtaking ceremony and music integral to the Traditional Rite. Cardinal Castrillon Hoyos will also preach.

Julian Chadwick, Chairman of the LMS, said, “This is the highlight of the LMS’s 43 years of struggle on behalf of the Traditional Latin Rite. It will be the first time since the liturgical changes of 1969 that a Cardinal will have celebrated the Extraordinary Form in Westminster Cathedral [Note: Cardinal Alfons Stickler, Vatican Librarian Emeritus who died in December last year, presided at a High Mass in the Cathedral organised by the LMS in 1992 but did not celebrate]. Cardinal Castrillon Hoyos has been unstinting in his work on behalf of the Extraordinary Form and this Mass is a clear signal from Rome that it wants the Traditional Rite reinserted into the heart of the Church’s liturgical activity. We are extremely grateful to Cardinal Cormac Murphy-O’Connor for readily agreeing to this Mass and to Mgr Mark Langham, the Cathedral Administrator, and all his staff for their help with all the arrangements. This Mass literally represents the prayers of many thousands of LMS members and supporters offered up through the years and now come true.”

For further information, please contact John Medlin, General Manager, or James Murphy, LMS Office Manager, on (T) 020 7404 7284; (F) 020 7831 5585; (E mail)


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  1. Matt Q says:

    **Oh, how the Holy Spirit moves! Beautiful.**

  2. Maureen says:

    “Someday, my Prince of the Church will come….” :)

    Seriously, this is a great thing. Congratulations.

  3. Habemus Papam says:

    Deo Gratias.

  4. Michael B. says:

    Will somebody please video tape this Mass!

  5. Basil Roberson says:

    The last time the LMS had a Cardinal preside at Mass in Westminster Cathedral, the late Cardinal Stickler, the Cathedral refused to allow him to borrow a capa magna so Cardinal Castrillon-Hoyos might be well advised to pack one in his case.

  6. paul says:

    I should be in England at about that time. I am already there in spirit.

  7. LCB says:

    Anyone noticed how many frequent flyer miles he has wracked up recently?

  8. Beowulf says:

    At 2pm! What a rediculous time, immediately after luncheon. Real Trads will have to fast from midnight, or following the 1962 Missal 3hrs. Surely the fast is part of the liturgy. LMS is Trad-lite, it is part of the problem not the solution.

  9. John says:

    The LMS cannot pick and choose the times at which the masses it organises in the Cathedral are celebrated. The crucial – and wonderful – thing is that this mass is being celebrated in the Mother-Church of the Westminster Archdiocese at all. How far the Society’s work has come!

  10. M. says:

    The time is very convenient for anyone travelling to London either by car or train. The train services are so erratic and start so late on Saturday morning that one has to allow much more time than you think. That said I can get there from Gloucestershire, and back again by a reasonably train in the late afternoon. When I attended the sung Requiem Mass in November I recognised people from Oxford, Wocester, and further afield. I’m sure it will be wonderful. But can we clarify if it really is the Cathedral Choir which will sing. On at least one occasion in the past the LMS press release stated it would be the Cathedral Choir who would sing and it was not, rather something called the Cathedral Special Choir, which if you have ever heard the real thing, ( MAGNIFICIENT), is a pity. I think the Cathedral and the Cathedral Choir owe it to the Cardinal.

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