Rorate Caeli

You Report: Traditional Masses around the World - VII

A wonderful report from the largest Diocese in Ireland:

On the 2nd December 2007 the Dublin Latin Mass Chaplaincy held its inaugural Sunday Mass in its new home, St Kevin's, Harrington St.

There had been a regular Sunday Mass in the more ancient form in Dublin ever since the Ecclesia Dei indult, but in response to Summorum Pontificum (Art. 10) the Archbishop decided to establish a dedicated Chaplaincy, to provide daily Mass and the other sacraments.

The new location, St Kevin's, is a splendid neo-Gothic building designed by Pugin and Ashlin. It is located not far from the city centre, just a ten-minute walk from St Stephen's Green. Thankfully this church was spared the worst destruction of recent decades, and has its altars, pulpit and most of its altar rails intact.

The first Sunday of Advent saw the church packed with a congregation of about 600. High Mass was celebrated by the Chaplain, Fr Deighan, and his two assistants, Frs Nevin and Richardson. All are diocesan priests. Two other priests, religious, were hearing confessions from before Mass began. A large team of altar boys led the way to the sanctuary, and clouds of incense mingled with the ethereal strains of Palestrina's Missa Brevis. It was an unforgettable occasion.

Visitors to Dublin might like to note that the Sunday Mass is at 10.30 a.m., while weekday Masses are at 8.00 a.m. Monday to Friday, and 9.00 a.m. on Saturdays. The Chaplain may be contacted at latinmass AT dublindiocese DOT ie.

Our warmest congratulations to this large congregation and to its chaplain, the Reverend Father Deighan, to his assistants, the Reverend Fathers Nevin and Richardson, to the other priests, and also to the Most Reverend Archbishop of Dublin for his faithful implementation of Summorum Pontificum.