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Epiphany Service at Warwick Street
On Thursday 8 January, the Ordinary, Mgr Keith Newton, led a candlelit Epiphany Service of Lessons and Carols followed by Benediction at the church of Our Lady of the Assumption and St Gregory's Church, Warwick Street
The Service featured readings from the works of Bl John Henry Newman, T S Eliot and G K Chesterton, as well as seasonal lessons from the Scriptures. It included prayers of thanksgiving for the establishment of the Personal Ordinariate, as it approaches its fourth anniversary next week.
Guest readers included Mother Winsome, Reverend Mother of the Ordinariate's first monastery, the Sisters of the Blessed Virgin Mary, the former Cabinet minister, Lord Deben (formerly John Gummer), and the Catholic journalist Mary O'Regan.
The newly appointed Rector for the National Shrine of Our Lady of Walsingham, Mgr John Armitage, who had been scheduled to read, was unable to as his arrival was delayed by unforseen circumstances. However he attended most of the service and the refreshments afterwards (where he gave an interview with the Ordinariate's communications officer, a report of which can be found here).
The music for the service was led by the internationally acclaimed Schola Cantorum of the Cardinal Vaughan Memorial School under its director, Scott Price. The school's organist, Iestyn Evans, played the organ.
The service was organised by the Friends of the Ordinariate, which supports the Ordinariate's work.
In a short address, Mgr Newton said that, four years on, some still asked why members of the Ordinariate did not "just become 'real Catholics'". He said the answer was that Catholics of the Ordinariate were every bit as much Catholics as any other Catholics and that it needed to be made more widely known that the Ordinariate was "a prophetic and truly ecumenical structure" which helped make manifest in the West the real diversity of the Catholic Church.
The service in was followed by refreshments, including the French Epiphany cakes, 'galettes des rois'.
More picturescan be found on the Friends of the Ordinariate's Flickr page here