Sometimes we need to tell good news stories.
In these last two days, I have found great joy and happiness in celebrating the Sacred Liturgy at the parish of St Phillip’s (60 Junction Road, Blackburn North). I wish to commend the people of St Phillip’s for embracing the couragous example set by their new (and young) priest, Fr Nicholas Dillon. I want everyone to know that here something very special is happening.
Yesterday, All Saints Day, was a public holiday in Melbourne (not for the Feast, but for a completely different kind of festival). The people at Blackburn North took the opportunity to turn out in droves for the 9am Mass – there were as many there as there would usually be for a Sunday morning mass. And indeed the mass was celebrated with all the usual gusto of a Sunday Mass, as befits this high festival: a fully chanted/sung mass, with hymns to boot.
Today, if possible, it was even better. Fr Dillon had mass sheets printed (see below) with the Introit (sung by all, led confidently by Fr Dillon), chant Kyrie, Sanctus and Agnus Dei (in Greek and Latin as appropriate), hymn by Blessed John Henry Newman, and Salve Regina sung at the end. I marvelled that so many members of the parish remembered all these chants and were able to sing them unaccompanied. The memory has not died, and is living again!
Here is Fr Dillon at the lectern, and the mass sheet he provided. If you are yearning for the Divine Liturgy of the Roman Rite, and have been frustrated in your search, here you will find joy! (click the pictures for full size)