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Sunday 20 July 2014

Father Dominic's Silver Jubilee

On 22nd July 1989, Fr Dominic was ordained priest at the Birmingham Oratory. Here he is giving first blessings on that day:
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A first blessing for Fr Michael Napier, then Provost of the London Oratory and Apostolic Delegate of the Holy See to the Confederation of the Oratory:
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And a first blessing for the youthful Br Richard Duffield:
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The sign of peace during the ordination Mass from Fr Ignatius Harrison, now Provost of the Birmingham Oratory:
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Fr Dominic was ordained by Bishop Joseph Cleary, Bishop of Cresima and auxiliary in Birmingham:
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Here is his first Mass, assisted by Father (now Bishop) Robert Byrne:
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Today, Fr Dominic offered a Votive Mass of Christ the High Priest, in thanksgiving for his Silver Jubilee:

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The entrance procession:

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The Gloria:

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During the Sermon:

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The choir sang a specially composed Salve Regina by Edward de Rivera, and a new Mass written by Andrew Knowles: the "Missa Respice de Caelo", which drew upon themes from different pieces in honour of St Philip, such as "This is the Saint", Sewell's "Pangamus Nerio" and "Respice de Caelo", and "O Filippo!".

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Incensing the altar:

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The Canon of the Mass:

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Fr Dominic says a few words at the end of Mass:

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The procession at the end of Mass:

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Afterwards there was a party in the Parish Centre. Here it is being prepared:

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Our parishioners enjoying themselves:

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Greeting the Silver Jubilarian:

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The cutting of the cake:

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Then and now:

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Ad multos annos!