Brick By Brick: UK bishops back live-streaming of Extraordinary Form during Holy Week

I found this very encouraging at the Catholic Herald.

If only more bishops remembered not to forget the Extraordinary Form.

Bishops back live-streaming of Extraordinary Form Holy Week

The Priestly Fraternity of St Peter (FSSP) in Warrington will provide a live-streamed sung liturgy in the Extraordinary Form during the Holy Triduum at the request of the Archbishop of Liverpool.

Archbishop Malcolm McMahon asked the priests at St Mary’s Shrine to live-stream their Holy Week ceremonies in order to “enable viewers to draw close to the sacred liturgy at the most important time in the Church’s calendar”.

The archbishop’s request comes after the Bishops’ Conference of England and Wales received several appeals to live-stream the Paschal Triduum in the Extraordinary Form. Fr Chris Thomas, General Secretary of the Bishop’s Conference, informed the Latin Mass Society of Archbishop McMahon’s request.

While the FSSP at Warrington have been live-streaming ceremonies for the past three years, this is the first time the bishops have specifically requested and endorsed their doing so.


St. John Paul II called desire for the traditional liturgy of the Church a “legitimate aspiration”.  He went so far as to command bishops by his “Apostolic authority” to show respect to Catholics who desire the traditional rites and to be generous to them.

Respect and generosity.

We have had little of either over the years.

Things have improved over time.  However some bishops even today are contemptible in their contempt for the Extraordinary Form and some are so oblivious to it that it hardly enters their minds.

Mistreatment or indifferent neglect.

Every other group out there gets loads of TLC.

Roma! Roma! Convertere ad Dominum Deum tuum!

Okay, enough of this Lamentation of Ioannes.

I am happy that in the UK there was such a good gesture.

Brick by brick.

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  1. fr.ignatius says:

    I actually took the statement negatively as one discouraging parish priests to stream the triduum in the ef.

    Kind of saying- look you guys only need to do the o.f. and put that online because the e.f. is already covered.

    I began the e.f. triduum this evening all the same. Me and a cantor and the immense crowd of angels and saints.

  2. donato2 says:

    Via I’ve followed the Mass at Warrington. The Mass doesn’t get more beautiful than it is done there. It’s a beautiful church, the choir is excellent and Fr. de Malleray chants Latin beautifully. Fr. de Malleray also gives an outstanding homily.

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  4. Simon_GNR says:

    I met Archbishop McMahon a few years ago when he was Bishop of Nottingham. I was quite impressed by his soundness – he’s one of the good guys in the episcopate of the Catholic Church in England and Wales. Might he be the next Cardinal Archbishop of Westminster? He’d be a good choice.

  5. Yes, Tenebrae for Holy Thursday was very impressive. This morning’s, for today, Good Friday, eh, the video was working perfectly but not the audio. (No, my machine is working as well as it ever does.) But let’s hope that Holy Saturday’s Tenebrae is complete.

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