ANEW hymn in honour of the English Martyrs is to have its first public performance on Sunday when more than 5,000 people are expected to gather al Inginestone Hall in Essex for a Brentwood diocesan pilgrimage in honour of the Forty Martyrs.
Combined choirs of the diocese will sing the hymn, the music of which has been composed by Fr. Michael Boutitto, F.S.C.J., of Elm Park, llornchurch, who has been appointed Musical Director by Bishop Wall. The words of the hymn are from Be Henry Walpole, S.J., adapted by Mgr. D. Shanahan.
Parishioners of the diocese who have this week joined in a Novena for the Canonisation of the Forty Martyrs, will have been adding a prayer for line weather for Sunday's events which will start with a dnimatised narrative of the Martyrs. A sermon by Fr. Michael O'Dwyer will be followed by Pontifical High Mass celebrated by the Bishop of Brentwood at which the "Mass for Four Voices" by William Byrd will he sung. William Byrd acknowledged by critics to be "the most celebrated musician of the English nation". was Master of the Queen's Music under Queen Elizebeth I, but despite this remained a good Catholic. Byrd lived in Essex and was A frequent visitor to Ingatestone me of Th Hall, which has been the ho
the Petre family since 1539. e nor of Inge, or
Maiginally and for 500 years properly of Benedictine nuns of Barking Abbey, has been a centre of Catholicism down the years and Mass was said in the chapel until the present village church was opened in 1932. n As the thousands gather o Sunday they will think of BI. John Paine who lived there in the guise
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of a steward four years. He was martyred at Chelmsford. o
There are tw priests hiding holes in the Hall one of which was constructed by 111. Nicholas Owen — one of the "40".
In 1732 the ninth Lord Petre opened the chapel to the public and Ingatestone Hall became one of the first Mass Centres in the country: over 40 years later he was instrumental in bringing about the first Catholic Relief Act of 1778. In the past 100 years the benefactions of the family have helped to build churches at Brentwood (Cathedral). Barking, Ingatestone, Romford, etc. At Sunday's High Mass the Bosworth Burse will be used — this depicts 111. John Paine's doubt In transuhstantintion being removed by a vision of Christ rising from the chalice. (II is usually in Leicester Museum).
The pectoral cross the Bishop will be wearing was worn hy Bt. John Beche, last Benedictine Abbot of Colchester who was hanged at the gale of his abbey. The vestments will be those made and worn by relatives of some of the martyrs: the missals were used at Ingateetone in Penal end will be times. Available this week at Ingateetone in Penal end will be Available this week
the new Essex-interest Pamphlets published by the office of the Vice Postulation: HI. John Paine, by Canon Foley (9d.), RI. Anne Line. by Fr. Michael O'Dwyer (6d.) and RI. Nicholas Owen, by Margaret Waugh Ode FOOTNOTE: Fr. Bonfitto. who wrote the music for the English Martyrs Hymn, told the CATHOLIC HERALD on Monday that his new composition "Mass of the Forty Martyrs" for parish choirs in two, three and four parts with organ accompaniment, will be published soon.