A Solemn High Mass for the the Feast of Corpus Christi was celebrated at the church of Our Lady of Lourdes, Weston-super-Mare, on Thursday 7th June at 7.30pm.
The celebrant was Fr Martin Queenan. Fr Philip Thomas was Deacon and Fr Peter Clarke was Sub-deacon. Fr Andrew Goodman was also present.
The seven-strong choir, the Rupert Bevan singers, sang the ‘Missa Pontificalis’ by Don Lorenzo Perosi (1872-1956), a beautiful and rare setting which was last published in 1895. Perosi was a priest and friend of Puccini. His music was perfectly complemented by two motets from an earlier era, ‘Gloria tibi Domine’ by William Byrd and ‘Ego Sum Panis Vivus’ by Antonio Caldara.
Fr Philip Thomas delivered the homily, reflecting upon the fact that when we receive Our Lord at Communion, we become what we eat – a part of the mystical body of Christ – and we must manifest this when we leave the church and go out into the world.
Sincere thanks go to the four priests, the servers, the choir and organist, and all involved in the organization of this beautiful and uplifting Mass.