England: 26 March – Pilgrimage to York

I would love to be at this one!

From a reader:

Just in case this hasn’t come to your notice yet. A truly historic event is due to take place at York Minster in little over a fortnight’s time. Nothing less than the first Catholic Mass celebrated at the High Altar since the reign of Queen Mary Tudor over 460 years ago!

Full details of the days events are as follows:

Saturday, 26th March.

National Pilgrimage to York in honour of St. Margaret Clitherow.

Missa Cantata (EF) in York Minster by kind permission of the Dean and Chapter. This is at 1.30pm

Music to include Byrd: Mass for 5 voices + motets Iustorum Animae, Ave Verum Corpus & Ave Regina Caelorum.

Gregorian Chant Proper of a Martyr not a virgin from the Graduale Romanum.

Followed by a procession via the Shrine of St Margaret Clitherow in the Shambles to English Martyrs Catholic Church (on Dalton Terrace) for Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament and Veneration of the relic of St Margaret starting at 4.00 PM.

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  1. Yorkmum says:

    When we moved to York 4 years ago there was no latin mass in York. Then after SP there began to be traditional Latin Masses occasionally. 18 months ago a priest of the diocese, at the request of the Bishop, learnt to say the latin mass and now there is weekly low mass, monthly missa cantata and masses for various feasts through the year. the congregation has grown from single figures to regularly over 30 (close to 50 on Ash Wednesday this week). Men and boys are learning to serve the latin mass and the worshipping community is growing. This pilgrimage is truly historic. Please be with us in spirit on the day. I shall pray for you at the mass.

  2. Brick by brick…

    That is wonderful news!!

    Many prayers of thanksgiving for this wonderful grace!

    God bless

  3. JARay says:

    I am a Yorkshire man by birth. Many, many times have I visited York and its Minster. I know the chapel of St. Margaret Clitherow and have been there many times also. My Aunt Teresa used to go down the list of Bishops in York Minster and say to us (my brothers and I) “That was the last real Bishop”. However, I must question the declaration that this will be the first Mass in York Minster for 460 years. The Catenian Association (like your Knights of Columbus) had a celebratory Mass in York Minster on the occasion of the centenary of their foundation in 2008.
    I was not at that Mass because I have not lived in England for over 30 years but one of my brothers was there.

  4. DocJim says:

    I would really, really like to have a DVD of that mass and procession. (USA version, of course)
    I hope those capable of doing this on short notice will take up the project.

  5. Yorkmum says:

    JARay, it certainly isn’t the first Mass in York Minster since the reformation – you are right in that.

    It is however the first mass in Latin to be said there in a long, long time. (I have heard some saying it is only the second time since the reformation that Mass will be celebrated in Latin in the Minster – but I haven’t been able to find out when the first time was!)

  6. Ellen says:

    Oh how I would love to be there! I have a deep devotion to the English martyrs and I especially love St. Margaret. Some day, I would love to go to the Minster and St. Margaret’s home in the Shambles.

  7. MargaretC says:

    Thanks for posting this. Margaret Clitherow is my confirmation patron — wish I could be there.

  8. Childermass says:

    I have been to that marvelous Minister. Would that I could be there for this occasion!

    Many thanks are due to the kind Dean and Chapter! I hope things like this can continue there and at other great English cathedrals.

  9. irishgirl says:

    My jaw just dropped on reading this! How wonderful that the Dean and Chapter gave permission for a TLM to be said at the High Altar of the Minster!
    I’ve been to York a number of times when I visited England. I also went to The Shrine of St. Margaret Clitherow in The Shambles.
    I remember that the relics of St. Therese of Lisieux visited the Minster in 2009. Maybe she obtained this grace?
    How I wish I could just ‘fly to England’ and attend this Mass!

  10. Just dreaming here – in the extremely unlikely event I can pull off a trip from California to York in 2 weeks, does anyone here have leads on cheap places to stay and people I should try to meet in York?

    For me, this is a perfect storm: St. Margaret’s story has haunted me since the first time I read it, Byrd is a favorite from way back (in college, I tried to get a group together to sing that 5-part Mass, but fell a little short of personnel) and the one time I visited York Minster, 30+ years ago, it was full of scaffolding and tarps – still beautiful, but disfigured.

    What a blessing this is – I’ll be there in spirit if not in the flesh.

  11. mike4b says:

    In reply to both JARay and Yorkmum. JARay is quite correct in so far that there have been OF Masses in the Ordinary Form in the Minster before, but these have been in the Nave, Crypt and Lady Chapel. The Mass for St. Margaret Clitherow, is definitely the first such service [in either form] to take place at the High Altar since the reign of Queen Mary Tudor!

    Yorkmum: I’m informed by the Precentor of the Minster, that there was one TLM in the Minster back in the early 1980’s in the crypt. We don’t know who, or for what occasion, so whilst this won’t be the first Trad Latin Mass to take place there since the reformation, it’s definitely the first *public* Mass, and the first, in either form, at the High Altar!

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