Tuesday, 27 March 2012

Solemn High Mass for the Annunciation, 26th March

On Monday 26th March at the church of the Immaculate Conception in Devizes, a Solemn High Mass was celebrated for the transferred feast of the Annunciation.

Fr Philip Thomas was the celebrant. Fr Andrew Goodman was deacon, and Fr Jean-Patrice Coulon was sub-deacon. Fr Alexander Redman gave the homily and reflected, among much else, on the connection between the Creation and the Annunciation, the fiat lux and the fiat mihi. The choir of 11 singers, led by David and Elizabeth Bates and Rupert Bevan, sang Victoria’s Missa Ave Maris Stella. At the Offertory they sang a motet, Ave Maria, by Robert Parsons, and during Holy Communion the Ave Virgo Sanctissima by Francisco Guerrero.

Around 60 people attended – most also stayed on to enjoy the refreshments provided afterwards. It was a beautiful Mass, and a wonderful celebration of this very important feast.

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