Tuesday, 3 July 2012

Solemn Pontifical Mass - Edinburgh

Last night I attended what may well be the first Solemn Pontifical High Mass celebrated by a prelate in a very long time in Scotland.  The Mass was of the Visitation of the Blessed Virgin Mary.

His Excellency Bishop Fernando Rifan heads the Apostolic Administration of St John Vianney at Compos, Brazil.  His Eminence Cardinal O'Brien gave permission for Mass to be offered at St Andrew's Church in Ravelston, Edinburgh where Fr. John Emerson FSSP, celebrates Mass each Sunday and Holy Days of Obligation.
Una Voce Scotland - Bishop Rifan Visit 2012
His Excellency delivers a sermon
I recall his previous visit to Scotland a few years ago, at the reception after Mass, he asked us to sing some traditional Scottish melodies.  He sat at the piano and, having listened to a couple of verses of a song, he was able to accompany us almost without fault for the remained of the song.  What a wonderful ear for music.

Una Voce Scotland - Bishop Rifan Visit 2012

Una Voce Scotland - Bishop Rifan Visit 2012

This evening Bishop Rifan is celebrating a Missa Cantata in Glasgow before heading back to England to complete his visit to the U.K.

As usual you may see more photos HERE


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