St. Coleman’s, Cobh, Ireland: Easter Monday TLM

In the beautiful St. Colman’s Cathedral of Cobh, Ireland on Easter Monday there was a solemn TLM.  As we reported before, Tomás Luis de Victoria’s (1548-1611) Mass O quam gloriosum was be sung by the Dublin Lassus Scholars

I was sent more photos, but this is a good example.  I don’t know if they are posted elsewhere.  My correspondent didn’t send any links or much information. 

The people must have been pretty pleased. 

Brick by brick!

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  1. Jacob says:

    Is this the cathedral that was slated to be ‘renovated?’ Was the work ever actually done? I never heard conclusively. Only that the Vatican had forbade it, but was being ignored by the local ordinary?

  2. The church is most beautiful as are the vestments
    worn by the priest, the deacon, and the subdeacon.

    I hope the Gregorian Mass continues to spread throughout
    the land of St. Patrick.

  3. Ronan says:

    Yes everybody was very pleased. About 400-500 people turned out. There were 22 ministers and servers in the sanctuary. The Dublin Lassus Scholars excelled themselves with Victoris’s beautiful and joyful Mass. Compliments to Ite O’Donovan and the Dublin Lassus Scholars.

  4. Paul says:

    Yes, it was beautiful. St Colman’s is a wonderful neo-gothic cathedral and (to answer the question above) has not been renovated to accommodate the new rite (apart from the temporary altar on which the mass was celebrated). Congratulations to all involved. I hope this will become an annual occasion (and that we might see the old high altar in use next year!)

  5. Clement says:

    “The people must have been pretty pleased.”
    Yes indeed, Father.

    Almighty God must have been pleased as well.

  6. martin says:

    The mass was excellent. I was gobsmacked to see a high mass offered perfectly in cork. The music was beautiful, a welcome change from the usual fare. Three quarters of the choir were of collage going age. The church is young indeed. Saying the turn out was 400 is a bit hyperbolic. The mass wasn’t advertised sufficently, I only knew about it about through the nlm and i only live 30 minute away from the cathedral in the neignbouring diocese. I hope such masses can happen more often.

  7. I love Victoria. The Cathedral Choir’s repertoire at my parish includes Victoria. His “O Magnum Mysterium” is one of my favorites. Brick by brick!

  8. Tom says:

    Were the plans to wreckovate this church foiled?

  9. Hilda says:

    The plans to wrekovate were prohibited by the intervention of the State. This is one of the most important churches in the British Isles.

    I was at the Mass and thougt it went very well and the idea of of circulating (professionally) printed booklets of the all the Mass texts was brilliant.

    The age profile of the clergy and of the servers in the sanctuary (it must have been about 35) was certainly a change from the usual around Cork and in many other places in Ireland for that matter.

    The master of ceremonies was clearly a professional and carried out his task with supreme aplomb.

  10. Richard says:

    It was so bautiful. Congratulations and sincere thanks to St. Colman’s Society for organising this very special Holy Mass.

  11. TJM says:

    I was wondering if Bishop Magee was the celebrant of what looks like an absolutely beautiful and solemn Mass. Tom

  12. Bobby says:

    No, it was not Bishop Magee.

  13. Clumsy Thurifer says:

    I was incredibly fortunate to have served at this Mass, and the whole experience was fantastic. Its good to hear comments from people who were there. There must have been a huge effort from the SCS as the Celebrant, Deacon, Sub Deacon and MC all flew in from Rome!! I think most of the servers were in the mid to late teens, as well as some younger and a few of us old guys. It was glorious, and there will definately be more in the near future.

  14. Mark says:

    I guess I must be the obligatory aesthete: WHY THE HECK in such a beautiful neo-gothic Church, in Ireland, the least continental of all the European countries…are they using Baroque vestments??!?!? It’s because trads who are about nothing but nostalgic externals (or about being “as different from the NO as possible” as one said to me) can’t give up an occasion to annoy those of us trads who are about a more wholistic (and purist) traditionalism. Such a cut of chasuble has no business anywhere on the Isle, let alone in a church like that.

  15. Bobby says:

    Mark, I seriously doubt that you can judge them as caring about “nothing but nostalgic externals” and as simply being out to “annoy” you and your “purist” friends. It’s not a contest about being perfect in recreating a liturgy of centuries past, like some kind of time-warp, but in offering a beautiful Mass to the Lord. Celebrating the Mass well is much more than the externals (i.e. the cut of vestments) and if you’ve experienced Irish liturgy, this Mass was quite a blessing. I do agree that your observation is interesting (that vestments can match the architecture), but I hope it wouldn’t keep you from praying at a Mass.

  16. Lynda says:

    400 may be a bit exaggerated, as martin said earlier, but at the end of the celebration there must have been over 200… i’m new to the latin masses and don’t know much about them… but i have been captivated by these masses and am always in search of one. a nice lady i met in cork told me about this website:

    and this is how i knew about this mass in cobh… it was grand… i hope they keep the site updated (with any masses this society hears about, even if they have not organized the mass), it seems like it could be a very helpful tool !!!!

    the lady from cork told me there will be a nice mass at ss. peters and pauls in cork this summer but i dont see it on the calendar. i hope the society puts it on their calendar so i can be there,

    — LYNDA

  17. Secundinus says:

    Mark’s comment about wearing baroque vestments in a neo-Gothic church like Cobh Cathedral in the least continental country in Europe is very difficult to understand – even from a purist aesthetical point of view. Firstly, I doubt that he has any real first hand knowledge of the building. While it is Gothic in its basic inspiration -and precisely French Gothic between 1180 and 1250, it also incorporates many elements from the early Italian renaissance in its decoratice scheme as well as a 19th general Celtic revival matrix. Secondly, to say that ireland is the lest continental of European countries reflects a very narrow geographical understanding of “continental”. The fact is that Ireland has made considerable contributions to the religious and cultural crucible from which came what we now call “continental” of European civilization. For example Sedulius’ versicle Salva Sancta Parens in the Mass of the BVM, or the oldest Eucharistic hynm, the Sancti Venite, from the Antiphonary of Bangor. Thirdly, a diachronic freezing of particular time-periods and regarding them as exclusively normative for the liturgy of the Church -e.g. Jungmann- have had baleful effects on the Church’s liturgy and is remarkably at variance with the whole idea of organic development so emphasized by the present Holy Father which sees the Church’s liturgy as capable of incorporating elements new and old from its vast treasury.

  18. TJM says:

    Mark, you sound like a tolerant, diverse, and inclusive person. Tom

  19. Bobby says:

    Secundius, I enjoyed your comment but do not know why so much of it is struck through with a line.

  20. Latin Mass Dublin says:

    Lynda, there will be a solemn high mass sung by lassus scholars and celebrated Mgr. O Brien in Buttavant the night before the fota conference this summer. Last year the same thing happened for Mgr’s 25th anniversary of ordination. We did Missa Papae Marcelli and there were 2 Bishops in Choir along with at least 30 (if not more) priests.
    In Nomine Christi

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