LIBERA ME, Domine, Iesu Christe, ab omnibus iniquitatis meis et universis malis,
fac me tuis semper inhærere mandatis et a te numquam separari permittas. Amen.

Saturday, 10 April 2010

Thank You for Having Me

(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.


  1. I'm glad you had such a good time. I love your closing invocation!

  2. It was good to meet you Dominic Mary, and I regret that our conversation was cut short by the constraints of time and all the rest of it.

    Latinized Hobbit...not quite sure what to say to that really. How about: In foramine sub terra, apud Blackfen, Patricius habitavit!

  3. It was a pleasure and a privilege to meet you at last, Dominic Mary.

    BTW, you missed another blogger present: Leutgeb of Bara Brith fame was playing the organ! I meant to introduce you, but got distracted by the arrival of Sir Dan of the Nesbitry...

  4. The privilege was mine, meeting such a distinguished crowd of fellow-bloggers : and I do wish I'd known it was Leutgeb - who didn't look any sort of 'ox, ass, or simpleton'!

    Never mind; I look forward to my next visit, when perhaps I may make good that omission.