Saturday, 7 September 2013

Pontifical Mass at St. Mary’s Ilford

P1000099Today I went to St. Mary's, Ilford for their Patronal Festival to take part in the Solemn Concelebrated Pontifical Mass at which the Principal Celebrant was Norman, Bishop of Richborough. The choir was excellent and sang Locus Iste by Bruckner and during the Communion they sang the motet Virgin Born by C F Waters. The Homily was by The Revd. Canon Jeremy Haselock, Chaplain to the Queen. Father Gareth presented Bishop Norman and Father Haselock with a bottle of gin after the Blessing,. After Mass there was a reception in the Church Rooms with Canapés and Wine. It was really great to see again so many people that we knew from the time of the interregnum and when I’ve been there when Father Gareth has been away.


  1. Are you implying, Father, that the bottles of gin were blessed? Gives a whole knew meaning to the idea of the holy spirit!

  2. Isn't all gin blessed!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!