Sunday, 26 October 2014

Requiem Mass for Fr Paul Jonathan Kevin Knox-Lecky

The Requiem Mass for Fr Kevin Knox-Lecky took place on 22nd October 2014 at 11:30am at The Shrine of Our Lady St Mary of Glastonbury where Fr Kevin had been a parish priest for thirteen and a half years before moving to St Alphege's Bath.  The Church was packed to overflowing with people standing along the sides at the back and upstairs with the choir.   Bishop Declan and Bishop Emeritus Crispin (of Portsmouth) processed into the Church along with many of the Priests from the Diocese. It was a great testament to how loved  Fr Kevin was by the people of the Clifton Diocese and indeed by many others from further afield. 

It was a beautiful Mass celebrated by Fr Andrew Goodman.  The choir sang Subvenite as Fr Kevin's coffin was brought into the Church.  This being a prayer asking the heavenly host to accompany Father Kevin to God's welcoming light.  The sung Epistle was 1 Corinthians 15 51-57 and the Gospel was according to St John 5, 25-29.  The singing throughout the Mass was very spiritually moving and the times of silence were profound and intense.  Bishop Declan gave the Funeral oration.   He talked with fondness about the quiet and unassuming nature of Fr Kevin which belayed his talents in the field of music and languages.  Fr Kevin had a great love for music and had prodigious talent.  He had played the organ at his school at the age of eight and could easily have followed a career as a professional musician.  He studied for the priesthood in Spain and was a fluent Spanish speaker as well as being proficient in French and German.  Bishop Declan then went on to say that most of all Fr Kevin treasured the Word of God and applied this throughout his ministry as a parish priest, always leading by example. 

The Absolutio super feretrum followed the oration.  The choir sang the Libera me, Domine which prays for deliverance and that the departed may enjoy eternal life. Incense was placed in the thurible and blessed.  Whilst saying the Lord's Prayer Fr Goodman sprinkled the coffin with Holy Water and incensed it.  A final prayer was said for Fr Kevin's soul humbly asking God to bid his holy angels to receive him and through his faith in God that he may be spared the pains of hell and possess eternal joys.  The procession then left the Church as the choir sang:

In paradisum deducant te Angeli:

in tuo adventu suscipiant te Martyres,

et perducant te in civitatem sanctam Jerusalem.

Chorus Angelorum te suscipiat,

et cum Lararo quondam pauper aeternam habeas requiem.


May the angel host escort you into Paradise:

May the martyr throng receive you at your coming,

and lead you into the holy city, Jerusalem.

May a choir of angels receive you,
and may you find eternal rest with Lazarus.

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