''The most beautiful thing this side of heaven?'' Boob. The Roman Rite is far too commonplace to be considered beautiful, especially that celebrated by the Sackville-Bagginses. Maybe Pontifical Mattins of the Resurrection done ''Tridentine'' fashion could be considered beautiful on account of the singular rarity of such liturgy, but high Mass with all the lace, with all the bibs, up, down, up, down with the Sacrament, same old routine etc, especially to mark a significant anniversary...well, to me it just inspires wrath and indignation, not piety. Do these people have no idea how to make a conscious effort? It reminds me of Fr Ted, and I mean that disparagingly of course. Hmmm, 150 years here in the gay capital of England (I'm saying nothing about the reverend father); let's have a Mass. Death of the pope; let's have a Mass (against the enemies of the Church?); I can't find the remote control, better celebrate three Masses.
So I congratulate the Italian Mission in Brighton on being around for these 150 years, 1862 being a time immeasurably remote in the history of the Church of England. I wonder if the original parish priest was as literate and genuine as his successor?
Not that I care one bit about issues of copyright, but I decided to exclude photos. You can view those here.