Caritas: Together again in Lent…

As is our custom in Lent at The Brighton Oratory we are inviting members of Churches Together in Central Brighton to join us again in both prayer and fellowship and as usual, in study. Often Christians find it difficult to answer questions challenging their beliefs, this year we will explore frequently asked questions by non-believers and consider…

Stational Churches in Lent: A pilgrimage

Historically, on particular days the faithful of Rome would gather (or collect together) with the pope at a designated church called the ecclesia collecta. After the recitation of a prayer there, the assembly proceeded to another church referred to as the stational church. In procession, they chanted the Litany of the Saints. At the stational…

A pastoral letter for Lent: “super omnia caritas”

Fr Jerome in his capacity as Metropolitan for the Province of Europe has issued a pastoral letter “Above all charity” to all the faithful about great and holy Lent. You can read it here, or download a PDF by clicking SUPER OMNIA CARITAS SUPER OMNIA CARITAS Carissime in Christo “Above all charity[1]” summarises the apostolic…

Charity Sunday Lunches and fundraising for the homeless

Our homeless apostolate “Cherubs Kitchen” will be donating its Sunday Lunch profits for the month of February to Sussex Homeless Support CIO’s NEW homeless Mobile Bus Night Shelter (see video below)! The converted double-decker bus with births for twelve sleepers is designed to provide warmth and safety for rough sleepers of the city complimenting the Brighton…

2018 Tenth Anniversary of Daily Mass Online!

Latest Mass Recording Since the feast of Our Lady’s Assumption in 2008 the daily Mass of the Brighton Oratory faith community has been broadcast live over the internet. It was one of the first apostolates globally to broadcast live Masses in the Traditional Latin rite and remains still one of the few in Europe to…

Volunteers needed – become a Cherub!

Our very own apostolate “Cherubs Kitchen” relaunches next month (February) and in an attempt to reaffirm its charitable objects requires volunteers to help maximise the profits generated to help the homeless in our city. The Cherubs concept is simple; a commercial catering franchise that provides industry standard apprenticeships in catering for homeless or disadvantaged people…

Lent & Holy Week 2018

Ash Wednesday 14th February 0830 Mass with blessing & distribution of ashes 1100 Low Mass with distribution of ashes Every Wednesday in Lent 0830 Low Mass & Homily 0930 Corporal works of mercy* 1200 Homeless Lunch 1300 Spiritual Counselling 1700 Holy Hour 1930 Caritas Study Group Mothering Sunday 11th March 0830 Mass with blessing & distribution…

Holydays of Obligation 2018

Holy Days of Obligation Sunday, on which by apostolic tradition the paschal mystery is celebrated, must be observed in the universal Church as the primordial holy day of obligation. The Faithful are reminded that the following Feasts are Holy Days of Obligation upon which it is binding of the Faithful to hear Mass. 2018 All…

“Our father” an interview with Fr Jerome OSJV

Local journalist, Russell Higham recently interviewed The Brighton Oratory’s, Father Jerome for Sussex Life Magazine. Focussing on Father’s work with the homeless and particularly “Cherubs Kitchen“, Russell visited “The Hub” homeless drop-in partnered with the Salvation Army at Brighton Congress Hall where Father leads the kitchen team and a faithful band of volunteers host and…

Carissimi; Today’s Mass: Ember Wednesday in Lent

Ember Wednesday in Lent: Missa “Reminíscere” Collecta at St. Peter ad Vincula. Station at St. Mary Major. The spring Ember Week coincides with the first week of Lent. It was instituted for the purpose of consecrating to God the new season (of Spring), and by fasting and prayer to draw down Heavenly graces on those who on…

Station Ember Wednesday Lent I: Statio ad St Maria Majorem

In mercy heed our prayers, we beg Thee, O Lord; and stretch forth the right hand of Thy majesty against all that is hostile to us: through Our Lord… Today’s Station is at St. Mary Major. The spring Ember Week consecrated the new season to God and by prayer and fasting sought to obtain abundant…

Carissimi; Today’s Mass: Tuesday Lent I

Tuesday Lent I: Missa “Dómine, refúgium” Collecta at St. Nicholas in Carcere. Station at St. Anastasia. In the Middle Ages the church of St. Nicholas was one of the most central and important of the Roman churches. The funeral ceremony of Urban II was held here; the name in carcere (in prison) also goes back to…

Station Tuesday Lent I: Statio ad St Anastasiam

Look favourably, Lord, upon Thy household, and grant that our mind being chastened by mortification of the body, may glow in Thy sight with desire of Thee: through Our Lord… At Rome, the Station is in the church of St. Anastasia, where, formerly, the Mass of the Aurora on Christmas Day was celebrated. The first…

Carissimi; Today’s Mass: Monday Lent I

Monday Lent I: Missa “Sicut oculi” Station for the Mass of Monday after the First Sunday of Lent is the collecta of Saint Cosmas and Damian. Pope Felix IV (526-30) constructed the basilica where the collecta in honor of the two celebrated Eastern doctors, Sts. Cosmas and Damian, takes place. During the Byzantine period it was held in…

Station Monday Lent I: Statio ad St Petrum in Vincula

O God our Saviour, grant us a change of heart and form our minds by heavenly instruction, so that we may profit by our Lenten fast: through Our Lord… The Station today is at St. Peter in Chains. The church was one of the tituli, Rome’s first parish churches, known as the Titulus Eudoxiae or the Eudoxiana. It was built over…

Carissimi; Sunday’s Mass: Lent I

First Sunday of Lent: Missa “Invocabit Me” Our Lord Jesus Christ, directly after His baptism, prepared Himself for His public life and mission by a fast of forty days in the desert, which extends from Jericho to the mountains of Judea. Let us prepare ourselves by fast, prayers and works of charity for the solemn Feast of Easter….

Sunday Lent I: Statio Ad S Ioannem in Laterano

O God, who dost purify Thy Church by the yearly observance of Lent: grant to Thy household, that what we strive to obtain from Thee by abstinence, we may achieve by good works. Through our Lord Jesus Christ… On the first Sunday of Lent, the stational cycle brings us to the Cathedral Archbasilica of the Holy Savior…

Carissimi; Today’s Mass: Saturday after Ash Wednesday

Saturday After Ash Wednesday: Missa “Audívit Dóminus” We must struggle by solemn fast and by works of charity against our passions, and “the Lord will give us rest, and will fill our souls with brightness.” The rough sea and the contrary winds are a figure of our passions. In this hard struggle Jesus will come to our help…

Station Saturday after Ash Wednesday: Statio ad St Tryphonem

Give heed to our entreaties, Lord, that we may keep with devout observance this solemn fast, wholesomely ordained for healing the body and soul: through Our Lord… Coming from the busy streets near Piazza Navona, we find ourselves a quiet square before the graceful façade of today’s station. Originally the liturgy of today was celebrated in the church of…

Carissimi; Today’s Mass: Friday after Ash Wednesday

Friday After Ash Wednesday: Missa “Audívit Dóminus” The Station today is at Sts. John And Paul. The stational Mass was on the Caelian Hill, in the Basilica of Bizante, erected by that senator and his son Pammachius within the house of SS. John and Paul. The two martyrs had suffered death on this spot for the faith,…

Station Friday after Ash Wednesday: Statio ad Ss Ioannem et Paulum

Statio ad Ss Ioannem et Paulum Let Thy gracious kindness, Lord, accompany the fast we have begun. Strengthen us, we pray Thee, so that our bodily penance may also be a truly spiritual exercise: through Our Lord… Passing under the arches which stretch over the Clivio Scauri we come around the side of this ancient…