Attendance was reportedly up by a fifth in key parishes

There has been a “record” rise in numbers attending Extraordinary Form Masses over Easter, according to the Latin Mass Society.

Across Britain more than 200 older form Masses were celebrated over Holy Week. These included Easter Sunday Masses at both Norwich and Portsmouth cathedrals.

LMS said attendance in key parishes such as Warrington and Preston were up by at least 20 per cent from last year.

Joseph Shaw, chairman of LMS, said: “”We are delighted at the number of Easter Triduum services celebrated in the Extraordinary Form this year.”

Shaw added: “The growing numbers present at Extraordinary Form celebrations of the Easter vigil this year underline the continual growth we are experiencing all over the country in attendance at the Traditional Mass.”

Extraordinary Form Masses are celebrated according to the 1962 Missal.

Fr Armand de Malleray, parish priest at Warrington, said: “Some parishioners not used to the Extraordinary Form said it was their best Holy Week in years.”