High Mass & Te Deum at Our Lady of the Rosary, Blackfen, London

on 14th September 2007


In celebration of the Motu Proprio, Summorum Pontificum

On 7th July 2007, the Holy Father Pope Benedict XVI issued a Motu Proprio, entitled Summorum Pontificum, which has come into full force today, 14th September 2007.

This confirms that the liturgical books in use in 1962 have never been abrogated and indeed, because of their position in the Church’s sacred history, they cannot be abrogated.

Summorum Pontificum recognises that every Priest has the automatic right, without further reference to, or permission from, the Bishop, to use the Missal of 1962 when saying a ‘private’ Mass and the people may be admitted to such a Mass on request.

In response to requests from a group of parishioners, a Parish Priest may authorise the use of the 1962 Missal and other liturgical books for regular Parish Masses as well as baptisms, marriages, funerals, etc; and should do so as far as he is able for the good of souls.

This High Mass is one of many Masses being celebrated all over the country in thanksgiving for the issue of Summorum Pontificum.