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 Saturday in Lent

Ember Saturday in Lent: Missa“Reminíscere” The Station for the Saturday of Ember Week is always at the great basilica erected by Constantine and rebuilt by the Popes in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries on the hill of the Vatican on the spot where St. Peter died on the cross and where his body rests. Besides the…

Carissimi: Today’s Mass; St Matthias, Apostle

Feast of Saint Matthias, Apostle: Missa “Mihi autem nimis” St. Peter, in the Acts of the Apostles (Epistle), says that the prophet had Judas in view when he declares “That his episcopate would pass into other hands.” It is the Lord Himself who showed the one He had chosen to be associated with the eleven apostles…

Ember Saturday Lent I: Statio ad St Petrum

We beseech thee, O Lord, graciously to hear the prayers of thy people; and of thy great goodness turn aside from them the scourges of thine anger: through Our Lord… St. Peter’s Basilica (Italian San Pietro in Vaticano) built by Constantine in 323, the basilica was erected over the place where St. Peter was buried, it is a major…

Carissimi: Today’s Mass; Ember Friday in Lent

Ember Friday in Lent: Missa “De necessitátibús meis eripe me, Dómine” The church built by Pope Mark (337-40) is reckoned among the first erected in Rome. It is possible that the dedication to the Evangelist of Alexandria is of later date. Under the altar of the Basilica of the Holy Apostles dedicated by John III (560-73) are,…

Station Friday Lent I: Statio ad Ss Duodecim Apostolos

Be merciful to Thy people Lord, and, in Thy pity, comfort with kind help those whom Thou makest loyal to Thee: through Our Lord… Today’s station is at the Church of the Twelve Apostles. Traditionally, this is the place where the Romans choose their candidates for priesthood (Rite of Election). It was erected by Julius…

Carissimi: Today’s Mass; Feast of the Chair of Peter at Antioch

Feast of the Chair of Peter at Antioch: Missa “Státuit ei Dóminus” That Saint Peter, before he went to Rome, founded the see of Antioch is attested by many Saints of the earliest times, including St. Ignatius of Antioch and Pope St. Clement I. It was just that the Prince of the Apostles should take…

Carissimi; Today’s Mass: Thursday Lent I

Thursday Lent I: Missa “Conféssio et pulchritúdo” Collecta at St. Agatha in Monasterio. Station at St. Lawrence in Panisperna. The titular church of the famous deaconry of the Suburra was dedicated to the Sicilian martyr Agatha; in the eighth century a monastery was attached to it. St. Lawrence in Panisperna on the Viminal marks the spot…

Station Thursday Lent I: Statio ad S. Laurentii

Mercifully look down, we beseech Thee, O Lord, upon the devotion of Thy people, that they who are mortified in  the flesh by abstinence, may be refreshed in mind by the fruit of good works: through Our Lord… Station at St Laurence’s in Panisperna (via Panisperna on the Esquiline Hill, close to S. Mary Major) The…

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…