The Latin Mass Leeds blog is here to raise awareness of the activity related to the Extraordinary Form of Mass (also known as the Traditional Latin or Tridentine Mass) in the Diocese of Leeds and to promote and publicize other issues of interest to traditionally minded Catholics.
By courtesy of John Roberts of Wakefield I am reproducing some of his great photos of Saturday's Mass at Leeds Cathedral where we had a Solemn Requiem Mass for Bishop Wheeler. The present Bishop, Marcus Stock was in attendance and presided. This solemn Mass was the first such since the changes of the late 1960s in the cathedral. In the morning the Bishop had raised a man to the diaconate in the same place.
Mgr Moger and his staff could not have been any more helpful on the day and in the weeks leading up to it. Our schola members gave freely of their time and as ever did us proud. Servers were plentiful and able to enjoy concentrating on the Mass with the deacon and subdeacon doing most of the work. Similarly the clergy - Celebrant Fr. Abberton, Deacon Fr. Kravos, Subdeacon Fr. Wiley, Clergy's M.C. Fr. M. Hall, Bishop's Assistant Priest Fr. Crawley and Mr Cortes the deacon to the Bishop, please may I put on the record my sincere thanks to you and of course to Bishop Stock who despite the novelty of the occasion to him (and the rest of us) was able to soon relax into the occasion with grace and humility. I'm certainly not used to ordering the local ordinary around, but after clergy and servers were blessed by him following the Mass in the sacristy I couldn't resist saying to him it was "a piece of cake". Joking apart the bishop did add to the calmness of the occasion.
The Bishop has told me before that he is willing to preside or preach at EF Masses and Sacraments and I was spurred on when he repeated this to me on Saturday and indicated his desire for continued and further involvement in the the extraordinary form.
Bishop Wheeler became Bishop of Leeds in 1966 until his retirement in 1985. He was Bishop during the Council and in its hectic aftermath. Ours was a diocese where sanity and saintliness ruled. Bishop Wheeler was grounded in the Blessed Sacrament and our Lady. He was uniquely generous in his provision of the older form of Mass and as such we owe him a debt of thanksgiving and prayerful remembrance.