Yearly Archives: 2020

28 11, 2020

Nine Lessons and Carols – Saturday 19th December

2020-11-28T23:32:06+00:00November 28th, 2020|

The Oratory's annual service of Nine Lessons and Carols will take place on Saturday 19th December at 7pm, with organ and choral music sung by the Oratory Choir. All are welcome. You are advised to arrive a little early to ensure a seat, in light of social distancing requirements. Sadly present circumstances do not permit congregational singing. [...]

28 11, 2020

Christmas Mass Times

2020-11-28T20:19:41+00:00November 28th, 2020|

The Oratory will be open as usual for Christmas Masses. This year we are increasing the number of Masses to ensure we meet social distancing requirement. In addition to our usual Masses, there will be an extra English Mass at 4pm on Christmas Eve, and an additional Missa Cantata (sung Latin EF) at 9pm. There will also be a [...]

5 10, 2020

Elgar’s Dream of Gerontius original score digitised

2020-10-05T15:40:12+00:00October 5th, 2020|

The original score of Edward Elgar's The Dream of Gerontius, a setting of the poem by Cardinal Newman, is now available to view online after a digitisation project completed at the Oratory earlier this year. The project was carried out in partnership with Dr Joanna Bullivant of Oxford University, the National Institute for Newman Studies, the British Library and the [...]

7 09, 2020

Conservation of Cardinal Newman’s Library

2020-09-07T12:15:51+00:00September 7th, 2020|

Cardinal Newman’s personal library situated in the Oratory House in undergoing extensive refurbishment. The library roof has become extremely unsafe and has allowed rain to leak through, causing some of the books to become damp and mouldy. Now, extensive work has begun to save this most important collection, which represents Saint John Henry’s patrimony. At present, conservators [...]

14 06, 2020

Sermon on the Opening of Churches

2020-06-29T09:04:24+00:00June 14th, 2020|

In the Bible, there is no hard and fast distinction between public worship and private prayer. In the Gospels, Our Lord, quoting the Prophet Isaiah, condemns those who honour God with their lips, but whose hearts are far from Him. In other words, engagement in external ritual without an inward dedication of heart is of no use spiritually. Equally, the [...]

31 05, 2020

Sermon for Pentecost

2020-06-14T13:31:01+00:00May 31st, 2020|

This sermon was preached at the 11am High Mass on Whit Sunday. The Bible is so sparing in the incidental details that it gives of the ministry of Our Lord and the Apostles, that when such details are given you can be sure that some significance is intended. When some of those who witnessed the prodigious wonders of that [...]

27 04, 2020

Catechism for Children

2020-09-05T16:39:54+00:00April 27th, 2020|

This series of instructional videos is based on lessons in the Light of the World books. We hope that pupils at our primary school, the Junior Oratory and our many Catholic families will find them useful in helping them to learn more about our holy Catholic Faith. Videos 1. God 2. Our Lady 3. The Blessed Trinity 4. [...]

22 04, 2020

Sermon for Low Sunday

2020-04-29T09:54:09+00:00April 22nd, 2020|

"…the doors were closed in the room where the disciples were, for fear…" The disciples were afraid they were going to suffer like the Master Himself had suffered, so they locked themselves away, petrified. Then miraculously, Christ stands among them, reassuring them with the breath of the Holy Spirit that He is truly risen, truly alive. In the present [...]

13 04, 2020

Sermon for Easter Sunday

2020-04-29T09:54:19+00:00April 13th, 2020|

This sermon was preached at the solemn Mass on Easter Sunday, which can be viewed here. Towards the end of Evelyn Waugh’s novel Brideshead Revisited, there’s a scene where Cordelia describes the deconsecration of the Marchmain family chapel. Having removed the Blessed Sacrament and the altar stone, the priest: … emptied the holy-water stoup and blew out the lamp in [...]

4 04, 2020

Letter from the Parish Priest

2020-06-25T15:57:36+00:00April 4th, 2020|

Dear Parishioners and Friends, We hope that you are all in good health and virus-free! It pains us that, for the first time since the foundation of the Oratory here in Birmingham, we are not able to celebrate the ceremonies of Holy Week together. As we all know, participating in the Sacred Triduum is a great source of spiritual renewal [...]

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