CARDINAL BURKE and a CONCERT – this weekend in Ramsgate

This weekend is an exciting on at Pugin’s church of St Augustine, Ramsgate, with a concert on Saturday, and the visit of Cardinal Burke on Monday.

On Saturday, The Victoria Consort will perform “Mater Dolorosa: a sequence of words and music for Our Lady of the Seven Sorrows” at 7.30pm. The centrepiece will be a musical Mass setting by Padilla, composed in Mexico in the early seventeenth century. Refreshments will follow in the Cartoon Room next door. Tickets are £10, students/under 18s are free.

On Sunday, there will be a Missa Cantata at noon as usual, sung by The Victoria Consort.

On Monday, His Eminence Cardinal Burke will celebrate a Pontifical High Mass at St Augustine’s. Following in the steps of St Augustine, Cardinal Burke will celebrate Mass at 6.30pm. He will be one of the most important to visitors to St Augustine’s in its 165-year history. All are welcome.

dolorosa concert poster Cardinal Burke

 

Cardinal Burke to visit Ramsgate – Mass at St Augustine’s – 9th March, 6.30pm

His Eminence Cardinal Raymond Burke will visit St Augustine’s on 9th March. He will celebrate Mass at 6.30pm.

Rome-to-Ramsgate

Cardinal Burke resides in Rome and will be travelling to the Shrine of St Augustine which commemorates that other great Roman: St Augustine of Canterbury, Apostle of the English. The visit of the cardinal demonstrates the continuous link of the Catholic Church with the pope in Rome; St Augustine is known to have had strong relations with the pope who sent him to these shores, Pope Gregory the Great.

The Cardinal will celebrate a Votive Mass of St Augustine at the High Altar of the Shrine and preach. Mass will be sung by The Victoria Consort and will begin at 6.30pm.

Cardinal Burke

Many people are expected to come to see Cardinal Burke.
For navigation, the postcode of St Augustine’s is CT11 9PA

Free parking is available on Royal Esplanade.
Ramsgate railway station is approximately 1 mile from St Augustine’s. When you exit the station turn right on to Wilfred Road, go straight across at the traffic lights, and walk the full length of Grange Road. St Augustine’s is on the clifftop as you walk towards the sea.
Buses run to Grange Road roundabout from the station (The Loop), and buses 33, 34, 42, 87, and 88 run right past St Augustine’s.

Cardinal Burke is the Patron of the Sovereign Military and Hospitaller Order of Malta. He is Archbishop Emeritus of St Louis, Missouri (2004-8) and from 2008 until 2014 was Prefect of the Apostolic Signatura. He was elevated to the College of Cardinals on 20th November 2010 by Pope Benedict XVI. Cardinal Burke has been a prominent figure in many of the issues facing society and the Church, and he features in many headlines.

The word ‘cardinal’ comes from the Latin ‘cardinalis’ which means ‘pertaining to a hinge, principal, chief’ as it is a title given to people who are closest to the pope and upon whom much weight of the Church rests.

Ash Wednesday at St Augustine’s

Mass with Imposition of Ashes will be celebrated at the Shrine of St Augustine on Ash Wednesday, 18th February 2015, at the following times:

12 noon
6.30pm (Extraordinary Form)

Ash Wednesday marks the start of Lent, which is a period of fasting before the feast of Easter. The ashes put on your forehead symbolise the penitential nature of the season; they remind us of our mortality and call us to repentance for the sins we commit. This is in preparation for the joy of Easter, which this year falls on 5th April.

Our New Choir – SCHOLA AUGUSTINI

St Augustine’s newest choir had its first outing on Sunday 25th January. The Schola Augustini is a voluntary choir dedicated to singing Gregorian chant, and especially to providing music for Vespers and Benediction once a month.

The Schola Augustini after their first Vespers and Benediction, 25th January 2015

The Schola Augustini after their first Vespers and Benediction, 25th January 2015

The liturgical and musical life of St Augustine’s are flourishing under Director of Music, Tom Neal, who directs The Victoria Consort (Artists-in-Residence) and the smaller Schola Cantorum as well as the Schola Augustini. The new Schola Augustini is made up of enthusiasts from Ramsgate, Thanet, Canterbury, and other places in east Kent.

Tom Neal ran a workshop on chant on Saturday 24th January, the day before the Vespers. Photographs and an account of the service are available on Fr Tim Finigan’s blog here.

Gregorian Chant is the traditional music of the Latin Rite of the Catholic Church, and was familiar to many famous composers. Famously it is named after Pope Gregory the Great, who sent St Augustine to England.

It is most appropriate to sing chant here. Not only was it brought here for the first time by St Augustine himself when he landed nearby, but Pugin was a great fan of this style of singing. He wrote fondly of how he had a band of people singing Gregorian chant in St Augustine’s, and how his family would join in too. This Schola Augustini is keeping a long tradition here.

The choir is voluntary, with singing commitments of the afternoon of the last Sunday of the month. If you wish to join, please contact Tom Neal at thomas.neal-at-cantab.net

St Augustine’s on TV – BBC South East Today

BBC South East Today focussed on the gift of Parliamentary tiles to St Augustine’s in its bulletins on 5th January 2015. The tiles were designed by Augustus Pugin and were recently lifted from the floors of the Palace of Westminster as part of a restoration programme.

Twenty four tiles have been donated to St Augustine’s, Ramsgate, reinforcing the historic link between Pugin’s own church and his most famous designs at Westminster.

Studio

Laura Sandys MP, who was instrumental in giving the tiles to Pugin’s own church in Ramsgate, said, “It’s an exciting day for Ramsgate, and it’s a very, very good day for Pugin and all who those love him.”

Tile close up

Catriona Blaker, of the Pugin Society, said, “They’re probably the most highly crafted and the very best tiles that Pugin would have designed … the very best for all those wonderful floors at the Houses of Parliament.”

Fr. Marcus Holden, Rector of St Augustine’s, said, “These tiles are a bond between Parliament and St Augustine’s.”

Pugin effigy close up

The tiles will be key artefacts in the new Education, Research, and Visitor Centre, to be constructed in the buildings on the site aided by the Heritage Lottery Fund. The Centre will be an interpretive and educational space, and will also contain a library and archive for research and reference.

See the report here: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-kent-30682107

Funding is still being sought for the Centre. Please click here or e-mail us if you would like to support the project.

The BBC spent some time on an afternoon before Christmas filming at the site, shortly after the tiles were officially presented at the Parliamentary Reception in the Speaker’s House in Westminster.

Fr Marcus Laura Sandys MP

 

Epiphany Mass

Epiphany Mass

All are welcome to Mass of the Epiphany on 6th January, 6.30pm

Mass will be a Missa Cantata, sung by Artists-in-Residence, The Victoria Consort.

The celebrant will be Fr. Tim Finigan, Parish Priest of Margate.

The Epiphany celebrates the arrival of the Magi – often known as the Three Kings – to worship the infant Jesus. They famously brought gifts of gold, frankincense, and myrrh.

The music will be:

Introit: Ecce advenit
Kyrie & Gloria: Mass VIII (De angelis)
Gradual: Omnes de Saba venient
Alleluia: Vidimus stellam ejus
Credo III
Offertory: Reges Tharsis
Organ voluntary (Offertory): Ecce advenit (Colin Mawby)
Sanctus, Benedictus, & Agnus Dei: Missa O Rex gloriæ (Giovanni Pierluigi ‘da Palestrina’)
Communion: Vidimus stellam ejus
Organ voluntary (Communion): Prélude sur l’Introït de l’Épiphanie, Op.13 (Maurice Duruflé)
Organ voluntary (Final): Marche des Rois Mages (Théodore Dubois)

Music, Mince pies, and Mulled wine: CONCERT ON SATURDAY – Veni Emmanuel

A festival of Advent carols, candlelit readings, Gregorian Chant, soaring polyphony, gothic arches, mulled wine and mince pies is on offer at St Augustine’s this weekend.

Artists-in-Residence, The Victoria Consort, will sing a concert of seasonal music in St Augustine’s, Ramsgate, on 13th December at 7.30pm

Veni Emmanuel poster december 2014Entitled Veni Emmanuel, this concert focusses on the lead-up to Christmas with music based on the “O Antiphons” – particular words from the Old Testament that point towards the birth of Jesus at Christmas.

The music comes from the sixteenth and twentieth centuries. Readings will intersperse the musical pieces. A perfect end in such a building, the concert will end Morten Lauridsen’s soaring O Magnum Mysterium.

Mulled wine and mince pies, and jollity, will follow the concert in the Cartoon Room of The Grange, next to the church.

Tickets are £10, available on the door or in advance from office@augustineshrine.co.uk

 

“Veni Emmanuel”

Saturday 13th December

7.30pm

St Augustine’s Church, St Augustine’s Road, Ramsgate, CT11 9PA

Tickets £10