SUGGESTION FOR SUNDAY
Dialogue Mass at French Church
MOST sensible people are well aware that in questions of liturgical reform and change there is plenty of room for different opinions. About them it is not wise to be dogmatic which does not, of course, mean that one should not have one's own views and argue them in submission to theChurch's judgment. But I must admit that there is one reform (if that is the right word)' which seems to me really to have everything to be said for it. I refer to the Dialogue Mass. I would invite those who still have any doubts to pay a visit to the French Church in Leicester Square for any Sunday Evening Mass there at 6 p.m. Even if one has heard Mass in the morning in one's parish church, there is nothing to be said against hearing Mass again in the evening and making a trip from outer-London to see that attractive church and hear the Dialogue Mass there. A short sermon in French might do something to brush up one's knowledge of the language or remind one of so much forgotten.
Do the other people object?
-WHAT strikes me about Dial' logue Mass in Our Lady of France 15, Leicester Place, just out of Leicester Square, with the people coming out of Mass jostling against the queues for the Empire Cinema) is its naturalness and simplicity. One evening I was there, there were two priests, one
saying Mass, the other leading the congregation. Another evening there was no extra priest but only the celebrant. It made no difference. ibis cosmopolitan congregation. using the little booklets provided, responded clearly and with an obvious sense of participation. The only difference was that with the second priest, the collects and the epistle and gospel could be read in French from the pulpit while the celebrant was saying them in Latin. I simply cannot believe that anyone going to this Mass would fail to realise the quite enormous difference between this sense of being one together attending to and joining in the Mass and the usual silence, shuffling. coughing. private distracted presence. I have heard it said that one objection to it is that older people are supposed to dislike it. Well, it was mostly a middle-aged congregation in the French Church and they did not seetn to mind. One wonders, too. whether with the modern rate of leakage from the younger generation, the comforts of an older generation should be a priority consideration. I speak as one of that generation.
An English II
THOUGH I rendered a service to a member of our staff called Antony, last week, I was
glad to get a letter from a nonAnthony ready to point out that in the telephone directory there are 95 Mr. or Mrs. or Miss Anthony, and only one Antony. On this basis, the claim is made that the English version of the name is Anthony. Vernacularists, please remember! There is a similar puzzle over the name Theresa. I must say that while I prefer Anthony to Antony. I prefer Teresa to Theresa. Nor can people make up their minds about the " Little Flower." Is she Ste. Terese, or St. Teresa, or St. Theresa, or St. T. of Lisieux?
Another inflation pointer
T WAS sorry to see that increasing costs have forced Heritage to put up its price from two shillings to half-a-crown. This was considered wiser than lowering the quality of production and illustration which I must admit is absolutely first-class. This month's cover has a delightful picture of the Aylesbury Priory from the Medway. I can never understand why it is that people spend halfa-crown and more without a thought when it is a question of burning cigarettes or buying a seat at the cinema, but feel that half their fortune is at stake if they are asked to spend it on anything in print—or, of course, to support their pastors in ghurch. I confess that I myself share the prejudice, but this, I fear. does not make it better. Why is it that half-a. guinea on a book seems exorbitant, while half-a-guinea on a show seems reasonable?
Holiday in Bruges?
WHILE people are still making their holiday plans, may I pass on the tip that the Convent de la Retraite, Prinsenof, Bruges, should not he overlooked. And if one feels that a convent is not quite the place for a holiday, listen to this: " Breakfast in bed. if desired, excellent food and cooking, delicious afternoon tea, comfortable beds. light. airy rooms, the Convent chapel and the kindly consideration bestowed on each individual guest." This is the report from two of our readers—and I have not even mentioned the delight of being in Bruges at all. My informants. who do not spell out their Christian names. do not say whether guests must necessarily be female. I suppose so.
History and the Tower
WHY was Blessed Margaret Pole executed'? The answer as given by an official guide at the Tower of London is as follows: " The Countess of Salisbury was an old lady of 74. whose son. the great Cardinal Pole, was stirring up trouble for England over in Europe. Because the King was unable to bring him to justice. he took his revenge on this old lady. Thus the Countess of Salisbury died for the sins of her son."