A liturgical nightmare and the holy motorists

Just as Evensong finished in St George’s there was a series of explosions outside. So much so that a large group of the congregation gathered in the Narthex to find out what was going on. It was no problem it was just the Hallowe’en Firework display starting from next to the Lagan.

Today has been a liturgical nightmare for some of us. What day do we celebrate?

According to the 1962 Calendar in the Roman Rite it is the Feast of Our Lord Jesus Christ the King (White or Gold hangings). In the Ordinary Form of the Roman Rite it is the Thirtieth Sunday of Ordinary Time (Green). For some of the Anglican Church it would be the Twenty-First Sunday after Trinity, but in St George’s it was the holy motorists(1). Okay so it was not actually the holy motorists but it was the Feast of Saints Simon & Jude, Apostles. This meant that the Church was resplendent in its red frontal and hangings. In my opinion it is when the church looks at its best.

(1) the holy motorists comes from an exchange between Mr Ardent and the Prefects in Cathedral Wednesday by Wiliam Mayne. The book was one I picked up at a jumble sale in Ballymena and have loved ever since. When at College in Ripon, I found and read the other books in the quartet – A Swarm in MayChorister’s Cake, and Words and Music. I thoroughly enjoyed them.


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