The Extraordinary Form Here
Holy Mass is usually offered at St John Vianney’s in the extraordinary form usually on Monday at 12noon and Friday at 6.30pm; also on Holydays of Obligation. Do please check the Parish Newsletter before travelling.
The Extraordinary Form of the Roman Rite
Pope Benedict XVI wished that the treasure of the traditional Roman liturgy, which was celebrated without change for centuries and centuries, should be preserved for all generations. Following the steps of Pope John Paul II, Pope Benedict XVI, with his milestone document “Summorum Pontificum,” restored to priests the freedom to celebrate the “extraordinary form”of the Roman rite.
The Traditional Latin Mass was the exclusive form celebrated during the Second Vatican Council. As a matter of fact, most of the changes that have been introduced by the 1960’s liturgical reform took place in the years after the Second Vatican Council. The Council itself never abolished the traditional liturgy, and its famous document about the Liturgy of the Church, “Sacrosanctum Concillium,” mentions only the possibility of some adaptations but never called for the change of language nor for a new rite of Mass as a whole.
It is, therefore, very desirable that all the faithful should know the traditional liturgy and should be able to understand its significance and its importance for the future of Holy Mother Church.
Attractiveness of the Latin Mass
More and more young people, who have never before experienced the profoundness and beauty of the traditional liturgy, are deeply touched by their first contact with it and are everywhere requesting its wider use. It is very convincing to see how the apostolates of the Institute, as well as those of other communities where the
Traditional Mass is celebrated, are frequented by young families and youth. All of them are attracted by the force of tradition itself. It is the Institute’s aim to give as many people as possible the opportunity to know the classical Roman Liturgy because the people have the experience that it strengthens their faith, it helps them in their struggle for a Christian life in the world of today, and it always attaches them more to the Church and to the Holy Father.
Words, Gestures, and Details
The moment of Consecration, where the mystery of Transubstantiation takes place, is like a peak of a majestic mountain from which the streams of Paradise flow down into our daily life. Certainly, one has to come down from this peak, but the water of Divine Grace that has touched him in this moment will refresh the mind and body during the day. Our relationship with God is profoundly linked to the presence of our Saviour in the Holy Eucharist, made possible through the Holy Mass and received with awe during Communion. In a human relationship, every word, every gesture, and every detail is important — how much more in our relationship with God! Therefore, to secure this relationship, on which our life and salvation is depending, the Church has always taken the greatest care with the words, gestures, and details of the Sacred Liturgy.
Bishop Michael Campbell OSA, in September 2014, established a Shrine in Preston for prayer and worship exclusively in the Extraordinary Form ran by the Institute of Christ the King Sovereign Priest at St Walburge’s, Preston. A further shrine church was similarly established by Bishop Campbell, under the care of the Institute, in September 2017 at English Martyrs, Preston. As a consequence of these decisions two iconic and listed churches in Preston were saved from possible closure and their legacy safeguarded for the future.