Yesterday, the First Sunday of Advent, Mass was celebrated in the usus antiquior at the Church of St Wilfrid in York. The Mass, which was at 5pm and followed at 6pm by Rosary and Benediction, attracted a congregation of about 50.
The celebrant was Fr Daniel Seward, provest of the Oxford Oratory, who was visiting their new foundation in York. Fr Richard Duffield, also from the Oxford Oratory and who was appointed parish priest at St Wilfrid's a month earlier, was also in attendance. It is expected that he will be joined by a second member of the community before long, and that a new Oratorian community will be established in York.
From now on, this Sunday evening Latin Mass, followed by devotions, will be a regular feature at St Wilfrid's Church. Fr Duffield was particularly keen to reintroduce a Sunday evening service at St Wilfrid's Church, which is just across the road from York Minster, and visited by thousands of tourists every year.
The Mass replaces the Sunday Latin Mass that was previously celebrated at the Church of the English Martyrs in York.