The Extraordinary Form in the Parish

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A 'green' Sunday Mass, sung, on the third Sunday of the month.
The 'Traditional' Mass ('usus antiquior', 'extraordinary form', 'vetus ordo': i.e. Mass according to the Missal of 1962) is usually offered
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Benediction following Mass for Corpus Christi, 2014

every Wednesday at 6pm (Low)
every Friday at 6pm (Low)

every First Thursday of the month, at 12 noon (Low)


on the Third Sunday of each month, at 12 noon (Sung or High)

(The devotion of the 'First Fridays' is a devotion to the Sacred Heart. The devotion of First Thursdays is a devotion in honour of the priesthood.)

There are also Sung Masses on many important feast days, and sometimes High (or 'Solemn') Masses (Mass with priest, deacon and subdeacon). See the parish newsletter and the list of Traditional Masses on the local Latin Mass Society website.

Anyone interested in serving or singing in these Masses should contact Fr Saward or the local Latin Mass Society Representative, Joseph Shaw.

For more Traditional Masses in the Oxford area, see here. A talk Fr Saward gave to the Oxford University Newman Society on the Motu Proprio Summorum Pontificum can be read here.

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High Mass, with Deacon and Subdeacon as well as the celebrating priest, on Easter Sunday 2015
Traditional Devotions and Sacramentals.

Many of the Church's traditional devotions are celebrated in our church according to the 1962 Missal. These include a number of sacramentals (special blessings and blessed objects) which are associated with particular feasts and life events. Notably:

The Forty Hours devotion: the Blessed Sacrament is exposed in a monstrance on the altar at the end of one Mass, and remains exposed, while people keep watch, for 40 hours or thereabouts until a final Mass and Benediction (with other prayers, and a Blessed Sacrament Procession). (On the origin of this devoption, see here.)

Blessed chalk: blessed and distributed on the Feast of the Epiphany (6th Januaary). Used to write the initials of the Three Kings and the date around the lintel of one's house; these initials are also the initial letters of a blessing for the house: Christus mansionem benedicat.

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Blessing a mother after childbirth.
In this case it was immediately followed by the baptism of the baby.
Blessed candles: blessed and distributed at Candlemas, the Feast of the Purification (2nd Feb). The candles are taken home by the faithful and burnt to invoke a blessing, for example during storms, or childbirth.

The blessing of throats, with specially blessed candles, on the feast of St Blaise (3rd Feb).

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Venerating a relic of St Gregory the Great, on the church's patronal feastday.
Blessed ash, blessed and marked on the forheads of the faithful on Ash Wednesday, as a mark of penance for the start of Lent.

Personal Blessings, notably for an expectant mother, for a mother after childbirth, and for a married couple after 25 years of marriage.

Veneration of relics, especially on the feast day of the saint to whom the relic belongs. Our church has a number of relics, including of St Gregory the Great, the primary patron of the church.

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