Saturday, May 08, 2010

Even More Carmelitana

Lots of Carmelite references this week. This one is a video showing a celebration of solemn Mass in the Carmelites' old Jerusalem Liturgy of the Holy Sepulchre. The celebration takes place at Aylesford Priory in Kent, which has a fascinating history of its own. The introduction to the first video will tell you something of it. It was one of the first, if not the first, of the medieval English priories; St Simon Stock of scapular fame lived there. Four centuries after dissolution at the hands of Henry VIII it is back in the hands of the Carmelite Order. There are eight videos in the series going to make up the entire Mass, thanks to YouTube's 10 minute limitation on any one video. The "playlist" feature should enable this one "embed" to run the whole series of 8 videos without you having to search for the succeeding ones. Don't know if it works yet. If not, the search should be pretty easy.

I tried to make out Brocard Sewell amongst the friars but haven't been able to yet. He should have been there at that time. Sewell knew Chesterton and Belloc and many other of the greats of the Distributist movment and wrote the only reliable - if necessarily sketchy - biography of Montague Summers.

The video was posted about a year ago by the folks at the New Liturgical Movement blog. We are in their debt.


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