A first for Scotland, perhaps the world

A MASS of thanksgiving for the ordination of Fr Simon Harkins, Priestly Fraternity of St Peter, will be held tomorrow at 1pm at St Mary’s Cathedral in Edinburgh.

Cardinal Keith O’Brien will preside at the service that follows the ordination of Fr Harkins, FSSP,  in Lincoln, Nebraska, US.

Fra Fredrik Crichton-Stuart, trustee of Una Voce Scotland, said: “This is the first time in the UK— and possibly in the world—that a Cardinal Primate will attend a First Mass in the Extraordinary Form of the Roman Rite in his own diocesan cathedral and preach for the occasion.”

The St Andrews Camerata will sing Joseph Haydn’s Missa in tempore belli also known as Kettledrum Mass. Very Rev Frs Josef Bisig and Franz-Karl Banauch, rectors of the international seminaries of the Fraternity of St Peter in America and in Europe, will be in attendance, as well as many other clergy.

According to the Priestly Fraternity of St Peter website: “If you live too far south the Hadrian’s Wall, you are welcome in London instead on Saturday 12 June 12 2010, 3pm, at St James, Spanish Place, 22 George Street, London, W1U 3QY, where, kindly welcomed by Parish Priest Fr Christopher Colven, Fr Simon Harkins will offer his first Solemn High Mass in England.”

Dr Terry Worroll, director of music at St James Spanish Place, will conduct Tomás Luis de Victoria’s Missa Simile est regnum coelorum and the Gaude Virgo Maria motet also by Victoria at this event.



3 Responses to “A first for Scotland, perhaps the world”

  1. Deacon John McGrath Says:

    Please foward…………………….

    Dear Fr. Harkins, Simon, it is indeed a joy for me to read about your ordination, and your opportunity to present the Tridentine Mass, in Scotland at the Cathedral of St. Mary, and also at St. James. I remember always the many fine conversations, and good times. Know that I will pray for your priestly ministry. May God Bless you, and may the Incomparable Holy Virgin Mother protect you always……………

    In Corde Jesu et Mariae, John McGrath jondel@verizon.net

  2. Jon Says:

    Praise God.

    Naples, Florida US

  3. Magdalen Mauldin Says:

    This article is interesting to me, because I attend a church in Littleton, Co. that celebrates the Latin Mass every day, by the same order of priests as the one this article is about. Thank you for the nice article. Magdalen Mauldin

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