26 02, 2021

Masses and Offices of Holy Week

2021-04-05T15:38:22+00:00February 26th, 2021|

Please note the revised times for Tenebrae (8pm), the Mass of the Lord's Supper on Maundy Thursday (6pm) and Good Friday Stations of the Cross (6pm). As usual, High Mass on Palm Sunday begins at the earlier time of 10am. There will be an additional English Mass on Maundy Thursday this year to allow for distancing. All Masses and offices [...]

14 02, 2021

Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament during Lent

2021-03-31T00:23:44+00:00February 14th, 2021|

The Blessed Sacrament will be exposed daily in church from the First Sunday of Lent until Holy Week: On weekdays, from 4.30pm to 5.15pm (followed by the Rosary and the evening Mass). On Thursdays, as above, with Benediction following immediately after Mass. On Fridays, as usual from 2pm to 5pm. On Saturdays, from 9.30am to 10.40am, concluding with Benediction. On [...]

2 02, 2021

Sermon for Candlemas

2021-02-28T11:55:33+00:00February 2nd, 2021|

Candlemas brings the extended Christmas season to a close. With Septuagesima the next season of our liturgical year is now already upon us. As we say farewell to the crib we start to prepare for Lent and Passiontide. The Presentation and the Purification were the remote preparation for Passiontide, both for the Lord Himself, and for His sinless Mother, and [...]

15 12, 2020

Sermon for Gaudete Sunday in Advent

2021-02-05T14:09:34+00:00December 15th, 2020|

Today’s introit and epistle bid us always to rejoice in the Lord. Should we make this a daily resolution? “Today I’m going to be joyful.” No, that won’t work. We might resolve to be more charitable or more patient. Charity and patience are virtues, good habits. We acquire those virtuous good habits by repeating them over and over again. We [...]

9 12, 2020

Sermon for the Immaculate Conception

2021-02-14T14:38:01+00:00December 9th, 2020|

The Birmingham Oratory parish is dedicated to our Lady’s Immaculate Conception and so we have the privilege of being under her special patronage. In order for our understanding of our Lady’s sinlessness to be more than merely theoretical, God has given us a way of approaching it that is personal and truly human. He has given us the beautiful devotion [...]

28 11, 2020

Nine Lessons and Carols – Saturday 19th December

2020-12-22T09:05:00+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

2020-12-27T15:13:05+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 [...]

9 10, 2020

Sermon for St John Henry Newman’s Feast

2021-02-14T14:26:49+00:00October 9th, 2020|

We are told that four babies are born on earth every second. In the same moment, a comparable number of souls who have lived their allotted span in this world are leaving it behind as they are called to their final destiny in eternity. The flow of individual human souls in and out of this world is unending. New lives [...]

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 [...]

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