Page 2, 12th December 1952

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Mass facing the people

SIR,-I cannot expect to have the last word in this matter of the earliest "missa versus populum" in this country, but I am able to go back beyond the Mevagissey Town Hall Liturgy. In 1944, some week after D Day, I was stationed at Bordon Camp, Hants, waiting to be drafted overseas. One morning I accompanied the Padre to the "cage" to serve a Mass. The congregation was waist-naked, sunburnt and tattooed; many wore Rosaries about their necks. We were to use a normal Army type bell tent. A table had been placed inside the tent door, against the pole, to serve as an altar. The sun was, however, so strong, that we moved it to the far side of the tent pole and, for want of space, Mass was said "facing the people."

Although this was admittedly a "liturgie de convenance," I think priest and server were equally conscious of its significance.

Stanley G. Luff.

St. Mary's College,

Strawberry Hill, Twickenham, Middlesex.




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