Thursday 5 November 2015

The FIUV in Rome, Part 4

IMG_9352On Sunday, Pontifical Mass in Sta Trinita dei Pellegrini - the church of the Fraternity of St Peter in Rome - was a joint affair between the FIUV and the Summorum Pontificum Pilgrimage, in the sense that it was accompanied by the choir from England which had come with us, Cantus Magnus, led by Matthew Schellhorn, who is the FIUV's Master of Music.


It was a splendid Mass, in which the church was packed, people standing in all the side aisles and at the back. Mr Schellhorn led some characteristic English and Scottish Catholic music: William Byrd’s “Mass For Five Voices”, Benedicimus Deum caeli by the contemporary Scottish composer Sir James MacMillan, and Ave verum Corpus by Sir Edward Elgar.

Prof Roerto de Mattei, beside the newly elected President Felipe Alanis and outgoing President James Bogle
Having dealt with the Federation's internal business on Saturday, on Sunday afternoon we had a series of talks from outsiders, open to the public: Prof Roberto de Mattei, Fr Mark Withoos, Henry Sire, the Rome-based historian and author of the recently published 'Phoenix from the Ashes', and Guillaume Ferluc, organiser of the Summorum Pontificum Pilgrimage, in conversation with Matthew Schellhorn. 

Fr Mark Withoos

Mr Henry Sire

Mr Guillaume Ferluc, between James Bogle and Matthew Schellhorn

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