Warwick St. Carol Service, 21st December, 2020
At a time when all churches are being forced to scale back or otherwise simplify their festive programmes, and many have taken the difficult decision to proceed with an unmusical Christmas, we are glad to report that the annual Carol Service at Our Lady of the Assumption and S Gregory, Warwick St, the Ordinariate’s church in Central London, managed to go ahead, albeit without congregational singing. The choir were in extremely fine voice, and the Benediction which followed was truly a foretaste of heaven. As the most recent edition of the Bulletin on Divine Worship makes clear, such services of Lessons & Carols, although a very recent invention, are now a clear part of the Anglican Patrimony which we in the Ordinariate bring with joy into Communion of the Holy Catholic Church.
This sort of musical provision, which is so noted and universally recognised a part of the Anglican Patrimony does not, alas, come cheap. Choirs and musicians across the country have been hit hard by the economic crisis precipitated by the COVID-19 lockdown. Catholics will need to be more than usually generous in the coming months and years to maintain and rebuild what is threatened. Click here for ways to help Warwick St in particular to maintain its musical offering, and with it the precious patrimony with which we have been entrusted.