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Fr Swales celebrates High Mass in Newcastle

Fr Shaun Swales celebrates an Extraordinary Form Mass in the Cathedral Church of St Mary

On Saturday November 20 a High Mass in the Extraordinary Form of the Roman Rite was celebrated in the Cathedral Church of St Mary, Newcastle Upon Tyne, for only the second time since the liturgical changes following the Second Vatican Council.

The Mass was organised by the local branch of the Latin Mass Society, which arranged a previous celebration in 2008. The cathedral dean, Fr Peter Leighton, and his curate, Fr Chris Warren, helped to make arrangements, and Fr Warren was present in choir on the day.

The celebrant was Fr Shaun Swales, the deacon was Fr David Phillips and the sub-deacon was Fr Michael Brown. The choir was that of St George’s Anglican church in Cullercoats, under the director Shaun Turnbull, and the organist was Peter Lock. The choir sang Victoria’s Missa O Quam Gloriosum, Missa de Angelis (Agnus Dei I and II), Viadana’s Exsultate Justi in Domino and Franck’s Panis Angelicus. The organist played Muffat’s Toccata at the Offertory and J S Bach’s Piece d’Orgue as the Recessional. The Proper of the Mass was sung by the newly named Schola Sancti Baedae from Jarrow under their director Dr Michael Dunn. David O’Neill was MC with Aidan McGregor as thurifer, Martin McGregor and Frank Walker, acolytes, and Keith McAllister, crucifer.