(Picture courtesy of the website of Our Lady of the Rosary, Blackfen)
As a child I was always made to write thank-you letters; and whilst I was invariaby horribly reluctant to do so then, I have very great pleasure in doing so now.
I had a splendid day at Our Lady of the Rosary, Blackfen : a wonderful Missa Cantata in the Extraordinary Form, followed by Brunch, then Vespers (also EF) and Benediction.
The weather was wonderful; the traffic – remarkably – moderate; and the welcome warm and heartfelt . . . . . . not to mention the presence of the remarkable ‘home team’ of Blackfen Bloggers : His Hermeneuticalness, Mac of Mulier Fortis, and the only latinised Hobbit – Patricius of Singulare Ingenium !
There were more people than you’d expect in any parish church for a Saturday morning Mass; especially given the competing attractions of the weather, the holiday period, the Grand National, and the FA Cup semi-final . . . and I was very impressed by the number of young people there, and even more impressed by the number of them who went to confession.
So yes, it was a very good way to celebrate the 2,000,000th visitor to Fr Tim’s blog.
Thank You, Fr Tim, and everyone at Blackfen, on behalf of myself and all your visitors : Ad multos digitos !
I completely forgot - Mea culpa ! - to acknowledge the exceptionally high standard of serving at both Mass and Vespers; and in particular to mention that the MC and Thurifer at Mass were not only first class but, as far as I could tell, the two youngest members of the serving team. Congratulations to one and all.