Wednesday, 30 October 2013

An Old Mass in an Old Seminary

A happy day in the diocese of Aberdeen.  Following an initial request to Bishop Hugh Gilbert O.S.B., the Ordinary of the See of Aberdeen, the Chapel of the old Scottish junior seminary (1829 - 1986), was designated as the location where the Vetus Ordo could be offered.  A very fitting place indeed.  Blairs College must be a place of fond memories for the hundreds of Scottish boys who went on to receive Holy Orders and served, as some still do, in parishes throughout Scotland and overseas.
The Chapel and college
So it was that on Saturday the 19th October a Missa Cantata was offered by Fr Michael Mary, Rector Major of the Sons of the Most Holy Redeemer.  Father brought Br. Martin Mary and Br. Jean Marie with him, two sterling examples of men fit for the priesthood.  Despite an autumnal gale with heavy rain which kept numbers down, it was a grand occasion in every sense. 
Thanks too must go to the Mr Ian Forbes, the curator of Blairs Museum, who ensured we had everything to hand including a set of wonderful Marian vestments.  He had attended Blairs as a boy and was looking forward to Mass but ended up clearing the drains to prevent the boiler room from flooding.  Oh the joys of being a museum curator! 
Blairs Chapel - Mass of Our Lady in Sabatto
Blairs Chapel - Mass of Our Lady in Sabatto
Blairs Chapel - Mass of Our Lady in Sabatto
Fr Michael Mary F.SS.R.
The next Vetus Ordo Mass is scheduled for Saturday the 16th November at 11:00 am.  It will be another Missa Cantata and that of the Feast of St Margaret of Scotland, our 2nd Patron Saint in Scotland.  So, if you find yourself in our neck of the woods, please do come along.

As usual more photographs may be viewed HERE


  1. What a wonderful occasion: thanks for the report & pictures. But the Papa Stronsay blog has the next Mass scheduled for Tuesday 19th - which is correct?

  2. Oh, I see it's been corrected on the fathers' blog: it is the 16th.

  3. I'm looking at coming and will be arriving by train in Aberdeen. I was enquiring about how to get to the college from the city and Fr offering the Mass suggested I should contact you to see if anyone could help

    1. ACC92,

      Sorry the correct email to contact me ref transport is

      Thank you