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Report from the first Sunday at St. Thomas, the Apostle

posted Nov 30, 2014, 3:05 PM by Rochester Ordinariate   [ updated Nov 30, 2014, 3:06 PM ]
Photo:  Some of our attending group members with Fr. Bonsignore at St. Thomas the Apostle - courtesy of Bernard Dick.

We had a very nice mass this morning as the inaugural service with Fr. Bonsignore and the Latin Mass Community at St. Thomas the Apostle.  There were literally hundreds of people there, which was quite inspring. 

The 9am service was an Ordinary form mass, in English.  It was well done - adult men acolytes, chant with a good choir, communion kneeling at the altar rail, no nonsense from Fr. B.  All very welcome.  Still, I was surprised by some choices made - the Roman canon was not used, the mass was celebrated westward facing, although the filled North and South transepts made geography less obvious.

We briefly spoke with Fr. Bonsignore after the service, and he kindly agreed to Bernie's request for a photo.  He invited us to come to the Extraordinary From High Mass they will offer for Gaudete Sunday "for a different experience".  While the 11:15am mass will be in the traditional Latin form, the default there is Low Mass (someone will have to explain that to me someday).

Although I did miss our Anglican Use mass, the mass today was good, and I was excited with our brethern to finally have their church back in action.  

It was a good day.