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Locations: Edmonton, Arundel, London


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A practically unique event is scheduled for Monday, October 19, at Arundel, Sussex, when Archbishop Amigo will sing High Mass in a chapel attached to an old parish church now in Anglican hands.

The celebrations are in honour of Blessed Philip Howard, who died for the Faith in the Tower of London under Elizabeth, and in whose honour the Holy See granted, a year ago, the special privilege of a Feast ranking as a double major, with Office and Mass, to be cekbratcd in the town of Arundel yearly on October 19.

His body. rests in the Fitzalari Chapel, claimed by the Norfolk family whose seat is in the nearby Castle, and which is, therefore, reserved for Catholic worship.

On the previous day, Sunday, Mgr. R.. knot will preach in the Church of St. Philip Neri both at the High Mass and at afternoon Vespers. A short Life of the Beatus, by G. Ambrose Lee, price 3d., has now been brought up to date, and is obtainable either at Arundel or from the Rev. Gordon Wheeler, St. Edmund's, Lower Edmonton, London, N.9.

It makes reference to the famous Inscription carved by Blessed Philip on the wall of his prison in the Tower, saying: " This inscription is over the fireplace in an angle of the largest apartment in the Tower. Immediately

beneath it the following texts have been added, after Philip's death, by a certain A. Tucker—or some such name, for most of this has been obliterated—a Catholic certainly, and, probably, imprisoned for his religion ton—Gloria et honore eum coronasti domine, and In memoria aeterna erit fustus (" Thou, 0 Lord, hest crowned him with glory and honour. The just shall be had in everlasting remembrance "); and in order to make it quite certain to whom the eum referred, the letters composing it have been ingeniously placed in the flourishes beneath Philip's signature, "Arundell." Up the stairs, on the right of the first loop-bole, is another inscription from Philip's hands, which runs thus—Sunr pecati cause vinciri opprobrium est Ito e contra pro Cristo cusradix vincula sustinere maxima gloria eel ambro. Arundel!, 16 of May, 1587 (" To be bound on account of sin is a disgrace; but to sustain the bonds of prison for Christ's sake is the greatest glory ").

" The only other memorial of Philip left to be noticed is a small crucifix, cut in the splay of a window in a passage to the left of the large room. This pious object has not hitherto been assigned to any particular prisoner ; but, in Philip's life we are told that he engraved ye sign of the Holy Cross ' on the walls of his prison; and as there is no other cross or crucifis in the building, we may safely conclude that this little work owes its existence to him, who was so faithful a servant of Him Whom it represents."

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