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Monday, May 21, 2007

This is the Brompton Oratory, London. I went to Mass here this morning; also yesterday, Saturday, and last Thursday. (On Friday I went to Westminster Cathedral.) (As of this writing, I am back home -- and pretty tired too.)

At the Brompton Oratory, there are no "altars of sacrifice" as distinct from "altars of repose," so all Masses are said ad orientem, regardless of whether the Tridentine or Novus Ordo rite is being used. The Tridentine is offered every Sunday at nine. Mass is offered frequently every day, generally in the N.O. -- but last Thursday, following the scheduled 7 a.m. Mass (N.O.), a priest came out and offered the Tridentine rite on a different side altar; two passers-by attended.

This is an amazing place. Here is a good article on it.