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.
The Requiem Mass for Henry Tempest of Broughton took place last evening and was a very solemn and dignified occasion.
Fr. Parfitt offered the Mass and the Parish Priest, Mgr.Andrew Summersgill, preached a very prayerful and most apt sermon about death and our responses to it in the knowledge of our Lord's promises and eventually the Resurrection.
A friend of the Tempest family, a Benedictine of Ampleforth, speaking before the prayers of absolution quoted from St. John of the Cross's meditation about when we die in Jesus we simultaneously die into pure love. I always try to find something spiritually satisfying at a requiem. I had nothing to try hard about here.
The serving team did a first class job and the cantor and schola sang the requiem Mass, Praise to the Holiest and Soul of my Saviour beautifully. It was so good to see many regular Broughton attendees who wished to pay their respects to Mr. Tempest for his kindness over the many years that the old Mass has been offered at Broughton Hall.
Last Sunday I was speaking to a lady who attended the very first Masses back in the 1970s with her late father and mother.
I was very pleased to receive my copy of the latest issue of Mass of Ages today but sorry to see that my own report for this edition about Leeds Diocese appears to have been omitted. This must be a technical problem because the editor assured me had received my report about the Sacred Triduum in time to go to press and to report that His Lordship, Marcus Stock, the Bishop of Leeds will be the celebrant for the annual Mass of Requiem in November in the Cathedral. This year the Mass will be offered for all departed Bishops, Archbishops and Cardinals who are predecessors of Bishop Stock in this diocese.
Masses for the fourth Sunday of Easter this weekend are as follows:
Of your charity please pray for the repose of the soul of Captain Henry Tempest of Broughton Hall, Skipton who departed this life on Saturday May 6th.
Mr. Tempest was always extremely generous in allowing the chapel to be used for the traditional Rite of Mass back in the hard days following the introduction of the new Rite of Mass when there existed a strong desire by many to rid the Church of the vetus ordo. Mr. Tempest had requested his requiem be held in the Extraordinary Form in his chapel and the funeral will be on Friday 12th. May at 5.00 p.m. Requiescat in pace.