Stabat Mater Menevia

Stabat Mater Menevia
We praise you O Lord and we bless you, for by thy Holy Cross thou hast redeemed the world

Friday, 1 December 2017

Holy Mass for Advent Sunday 3rd December 2017 at 3 p.m. Sacred Heart Morriston

Low Mass will tale place on Sunday 1st December, 3pm at Sacred Heart , Morriston for the First Sunday of Advent.

There will also be the opportunity for confessions before Holy Mass.

Refreshments will be served in the parish centre after the Mass.

Season of Advent -  A Reflection

All are welcome.

Saturday, 4 November 2017

Sunday 5th November - Holy Mass reminder

a Low Mass will be celebrated on Sunday 5th November at 3pm at Sacrd Heart, Morriston.

Refreshments will be served after Holy Mass

All are welcome.

Thursday, 19 October 2017

Feast of Christ the King, Missa Cantata on Sunday 29th October , 3 p.m. Sacred Heart Morriston

A Missa Cantata will be offered, at Sacred Heart Morriston at 3 p.m. on Sunday 29th October  

Please note that this is a week on Sunday from the time of posting,  not the immediate Sunday, and that the clocks will have gone back one hour the previous night.

There will be tea and coffee served in the Sacred Heart Centre after Mass

Many Thanks to Father Jason Jones for celebrating this Holy Mass,

The music for the Mass will consist of the following

Introit                         -   Painsong for the Feast of Christ
                                       the King
Propers                       -   C Rossini
Offertory Motet          -   Palestrina, Jesu Rex
Communion Hymn     -  Vexilla Chrisus Inclyta
Common                     -  Mass 2 for Feast of Class 1  (Kyrie fons Bonitatis)
Recessional                 -  Christus Vincit

The Feast of Christ the King (in the Latin Rite of the Roman Catholic Church, properly the Solemnity of Our Lord Jesus Christ, King of the Universe) is a relatively recent addition to the western liturgical calendar, having been instituted in 1925 by Pope Pius XI Roman Catholics adhering to the Extraordinary Form of the Roman Rite (as permitted under the motu proprio Summorum Pontificum) use the General Roman Calendar of 1960, and as such continue to observe the feast on its original date of the last Sunday of October.

Pope Pius XI instituted the Feast of Christ the King in his 1925 encyclical letter Quas primas, in response to growing nationalism and secularism[2] and in the context of the unresolved Roman Question. The title of the feast was "D. N. Jesu Christi Regis" (Our Lord Jesus Christ the King), and the date was "the last Sunday of the month of October - the Sunday, that is, which immediately precedes the Feast of All Saints".[3] In Pope John XXIII's 1960 revision of the Calendar, the date and title remained the same and, in the new simpler ranking of feasts, it was classified as a feast of the first class.

Wednesday, 27 September 2017

Rosary Sunday 1st October , Holy Mass at 3 pm, Sacred Heart Morriston

We will have a Missa Cantata on Sunday 1st October at 3 p.m.  at Sacred Heart , Morriston, for Rosary Sunday.

The Holy Rosary will be said at 2.45 p.m.  and confessions will be available.

The chants will be as follows .

Propers of the Solemnity of the Most Holy Rosary (II Class) -  Rossini
Common of the Mass -  De Angelis for Class II Feasts
Congregational Hymn
Anthem to Our Lady - Salve Regina

All are welcome, and we look forward to seeing you again after our Summer Break.

For a discussion about the Holy Rosary and its place in Catholic Life, please see below.

Month of the Holy Rosary

As we enter the month of the Holy Rosary, let us fervently pray the following , which is from the collect of the Mass

"Grant, we beseech thee that by meditating upon these mysteries of the most holy Rosary of the Blessed Virgin Mary, we may imitate what they contain and obtain what they promise, through Jesus Christ our Lord, Amen".

Wednesday, 13 September 2017

14th September - Tenth Anniversary of the Motu Proprio

Tomorrow 14th Sept the Holy Cross, marks the 10th anniversary of the coming into effect of the Motu proprio on the traditional Mass. 

Holy Mass in the Extraordinary Form will be offered for the intentions of all our readers  tomorrow.

Mass Intentions are also being accepted for Rosary Sunday, 1st October and the Feast of Chrst the King which is the last Sunday in October.  Please contact Fr. Jason Jones with any requests.

Monday, 4 September 2017

Mr. Kimgsley Lewis

Please pray for Mr. Kjgsley Lewis who will undergo major heart surgery tomorrow(Tuesday 5th) at Malaga Virginia de Victoria hospital. Today he was anointed under the old rite by Fr. Jason Jones presently on holiday in the area.

Kingsley was for many years the Cardiff representative for the Latin Mass Asociety and also on the national LMS committee

Saturday, 2 September 2017

Dom. Antony Tumelty RIP.

Please pray for the repose of the soul of Dom. Antony Tumelty,  who passed away last week.

Many of us will remember Dom. Antony  from the Convent in Much Birch , Hereford,  where he celebrated Holy Mass in the Extraordinary Form each Sunday until he became unwell a couple of years ago.

Some will also have assisted at various Missa Cantata,  both at Much Birch and also in Cardiff, and we are thankful for his support of the Traditional Mass over many years.

Times of Holy Mass at Sacred Heart Morriston

please find below information about ongoing times of Holy Mass in the extraordinary form

Due to clergy absences during September unfortunately there will be No Mass tomorrow 3rd September.  Apologies for the late notification.

Please continue use to view the site for ongoing Mass Times

It is planned to have Holy Mass on 1st October(Rosary Sunday) and a Missa Cantata on the Feast of Christ the King towards the end of October.   Additional Mass times will be published here.

Before travelling any distance, please check the site in the event of any late cancellations.

Thank you for your continued support of the Holy Mass in the Extraordinary Form in the Menevia Diocese.

Best Wishes

Tom Sharpling

Wednesday, 9 August 2017

Vigil Mass of the Assumption and Celebration of the Centenary of Our Lady of Fatima (Monday 14th August )

Monday 14th August 2017 , at Sacred Heart Morriston, commencing at 6 p.m. with confessions

To celebrate the Centenary of the Apparitions of Our Lady at Fatima, we will have a special event for the Feast of the Assumption which will include Holy Mass in the extraordinary form.

Confessions will be available from 6 p.m.

Marian Devotions will take place at 6.30 p.m. with Holy Mass beginning at 7 p.m.

There will be the opportunity for veneration of the relics of St. Francisco and St. Jacinta

Please see the below poster for further details. 

The Feast of the Assumption is one of the oldest Feasts of Our Lady.   Here is an interesting post about the history and origins of the Feast. 

Saturday, 29 July 2017

Holy Mass on Sunday 20th August at 3 p.m.

Due to Diocese requirements and clergy supply needs, there has been a change to the time of Holy Mass in the Extraordinary Form in August .

In addition to the Holy Mass for the Vigil of the Assumption (separate post)

Holy Mass will also take pace on Sunday 20th August at 3 p.m. Morriston , rather than on 6th August at 3.p.m. as originally planned.

This will be the Mass of the Eleventh Sunday after Pentecost.

Please note this time change very carefully.

Please remember that any late changes to times of Holy Mass will always be posted here.  It is a good idea to check the site one final time before travelling.

With very Best Wishes

Tom Sharpling

Saturday, 1 July 2017

Holy Mass on Sunday 2nd July

a reminder that Holy Mass will take place this Sunday 2nd July at 3pm at Sacred a heart Morriston

The Mass will be for the  IV Sunday after Pentecost

Tea and coffee are available in the Sacred Heart Centre after Mass

All are welcome

Sunday, 25 June 2017

Feast of St Peter and St Paul Thursday 29th June

Feast of Saint Peter and Saint Paul

Low Mass in the Extraordinary Form  will be celebrated at Sacred Heart, Morriston on 

Thursday 29th June at 6 p.m.

All are most welcome to attend on this Holy Day of Obligation,

Veneration of the two great Apostles, Peter and Paul, has its roots in the very foundations of the Church. They are the solid rock on which the Church is built. They are at the origin of her faith and will forever remain her protectors and her guides. To them Rome owes her true greatness, for it was under God's providential guidance that they were led to make the capital of the Empire, sanctified by their martyrdom, the center of the Christian world whence should radiate the preaching of the Gospel.

St. Peter suffered martyrdom under Nero, in A.D. 66 or 67. He was buried on the hill of the Vatican where recent excavations have revealed his tomb on the very site of the Basilica of St. Peter's. St. Paul was beheaded in the Via Ostia on the spot where now stands the basilica bearing his name. Down the centuries Christian people in their thousands have gone on pilgrimage to the tombs of these Apostles. In the second and third centuries the Roman Church already stood pre-eminent by reason of her apostolicity, the infallible truth of her teaching and her two great figures, Sts. Peter and Paul. 

A partial indulgence may be gained today by anyone who makes devout use of a religious article blessed by any priest but "if the article of devotion has been blessed by the Sovereign Pontiff or by any Bishop, the faithful, using it, can also gain a plenary indulgence, provided they also make a profession of faith (e.g. the Apostles Creed), as long as the usual conditions are satisfied.

For more about the history of St. Peter and St. Paul,  please see the following link 

Friday, 2 June 2017

Pentecost Sunday and Feast of Corpus Christi

A quick update to advise of the following times of Holy Mass at Sacred Heart, Morriston

Pentecost Sunday - 4th June,   3 p.m.

Feast of Corpus Christi,   Thursday 15th June at 7 p.m.

Further updates will appear here shortly.

Wednesday, 24 May 2017

Feast of the Ascension 2017

Ascension Day 2017

"Men of Galilee, why do you stand looking up to heaven? Alleluia! He shall come in the same way as you have seen him going up to heaven, alleluia, alleluia, alleluia! Ps. 46:2. O, clap your hands, all you nations; shout to God with the voice of exultation".

A reminder that Holy Mass on the Feast of the Ascension will take place on Thursday 25h May at 7p.m. at Sacred Heart Morriston.

We will have a Missa Cantata, with music provided by the Newcastle Emlyn Schola,

Introit -  Plainsong
Common of the Mass -  Mass I for Paschal Time
Propers - C Rossini
Congregational Hymn Salutis Humanae Sator
Choir Motet - O Esca Viatorum
Marian Anthem - Regina Caeli

For an interesting discussion about celebrating the Feast of the Ascension on Thursday, its relationship to Pentecost and Easter, have a look at the following link.

Feast of the Ascension

The congregational hymn translates as follows

Hail, Thou who man’s Redeemer art,
Jesus, the joy of every heart,
Great Maker of the world’s wide frame
And purest love’s delight and flame!
Our guide, our way to heavenly rest,
Be Thou the aim of every breast;
Be Thou the soother of our tears,
Our sweet reward above the spheres. Amen."

Tuesday, 2 May 2017

3rd Sunday After Easter, 7th May, and advance notice about Ascension Day

Paschal Time 2017

The Church rejoices because Christ is risen and has delivered us (Alleluia); so she sends up cries of joy (Introit), and sings the praises of God (Offertory).

We do hope you have had a blessed and peaceful Easter, and wish you the continued joy of the Paschal Season as we move through to Ascension and Pentecost Sunday.

This post gives information about the next times of Holy Mass in the Extraordinary Form within the Diocese,

Holy Mass will take place this coming Sunday, 7th May at 3 p.m. , Sacred Heart, Morriston.

As we are now in the Month of May,  the Holy Rosary will be prayed fifteen minutes before the Mass, at 2.45 p.m.

On the Second Sunday of each Month,  Holy Mass is offered at St Therese, Sandfields, Port Talbot at 6 p.m.  For further information, please contact the parish directly.  Therefore, the next Holy Mass at Sandfields will be Sunday 14th May, 6 p.m. the Fourth Sunday after Easter.

We are also giving advance notice of Holy Mass on Ascension Day, Thursday 25th May at 7 p.m.

We hope that many people will be able to join us on these two occasions.

We will be updating the site shortly to show the full summary of forthcoming Mass times, and will be looking at new features to add to the site for our visitors. 

For further information about the Third Sunday after Easter, including the propers of the day, please see the following site, which we will refer to from time to time on future Sundays.

Third Sunday after Easter

Many thanks for your continued support of the Holy Mass in the Extraordinary form within the Diocese of Menevia

Tom Sharpling
(Local representative of the Latin Mass Society for the Diocese of Menevia)

Thursday, 30 March 2017

Sunday 2nd April - First Sunday of the Passion

A Missa Cantata will take place at Sacred Heart Church,  Morriston, Swansea this Sunday 2nd April.  The Mass will take place at 3 p.m.

Passion Sunday: 
The Pharisees Accuse Our Lord

The music will be provided by the Newcastle Emlyn Schola, and will consist of the following.

  • Propers for the First Sunday of the Passion - C Rossini
  • Mass XVII for Sundays in  Advent and Lent
  • Adoramus Te - Palestrina
  • Attennde Domine - Congregational Hymn
  • Ave Regina - Marian Anthem.

Refreshments will be available in the Parish Centre after Holy Mass,

For an interesting discussion about Passion Sunday, please see the following link.  This sermon was originally written in 1900 and its content is still relevant today.

Thursday, 16 March 2017

Third Sunday of Lent, 19th March

An additional Mass in the Extraordinary Form will be offered this Sunday afternoon, 19th March at 3p.m. At Sacred Heart, Morriston.

We thank Father Jason Jones for offering this Mass.

All are welcome.  tea and coffee will be served in the Parish Centre after Holy Mass.

Saturday, 4 March 2017

First Sunday of Lent, 5th March

A reminder that Holy Mass will take place this Sunday, 3pm at Sacred Heart, Morriston.

All are welcome.

There will be refreshments available in the Centre after Mass.

Saturday, 25 February 2017

Ash Wednesday 1st March 2017

Holy Mass in the extraordinary form will be offered on Ash Wednesday at Sacred Heart, Morriston, Swansea, at 6 p.m.

A useful introduction to the Season of Lent can be found at the following site

Traditional Prayers for Lent

A number of traditional prayers and devotions associated with the Traditional Mass and liturgy can be found on the following site.

 Stabat Mater -  Pergolesi


At the cross her station keeping,
Stood the mournful Mother weeping,
Close to Jesus to the last. 

Through her heart, His sorrow sharing,
All His bitter anguish bearing,
Now at length the sword had pass'd. 

Oh, how sad and sore distress'd
Was that Mother highly blest
Of the sole-begotten One! 

Christ above in torment hangs;
She beneath beholds the pangs
Of her dying glorious Son. 

Is there one who would not weep,
Whelm'd in miseries so deep
Christ's dear Mother to behold? 

Can the human heart refrain
From partaking in her pain,
In that Mother's pain untold? 

Bruis'd, derided, curs'd, defil'd,
She beheld her tender child
All with bloody scourges rent. 

For the sins of His own nation,
Saw Him hang in desolation,
Till His spirit forth He sent. 

O thou Mother! fount of love!
Touch my spirit from above;
Make my heart with thine accord. 

Make me feel as thou hast felt;
Make my soul to glow and melt
With the love of Christ our Lord. 

Holy Mother! pierce me through;
In my heart each wound renew
Of my Saviour crucified. 

Let me share with thee His pain,
Who for all my sins was slain,
Who for me in torments died. 

Let me mingle tears with thee,
Mourning Him who mourn'd for me,
All the days that I may live. 

By the cross with thee to stay,
There with thee to weep and pray,
Is all I ask of thee to give. 

Virgin of all virgins best,
Listen to my fond request
Let me share thy grief divine. 

Let me, to my latest breath,
In my body bear the death
Of that dying Son of thine. 

Wounded with His every wound,
Steep my soul till it hath swoon'd
In His very blood away. 

Be to me, O Virgin, nigh,
Lest in flames I burn and die,
In His awful Judgment day. 

Christ, when Thou shalt call me hence,
Be Thy Mother my defence,
Be Thy cross my victory. 

While my body here decays,
May my soul Thy goodness praise,
Safe in Paradise with Thee. 

Thursday, 16 February 2017

Holy Mass on Sexagesima Sunday (19th February) at 3 p.m.

Holy Mass will be offered this Sunday 19th February, Sexagesima Sunday, at 3 p.m. at Sacred Heart,Morriston, by kind offer of Father Jason Jones.

There will be an opportunity for refreshments in the Sacred Heart Centre after Mass. 

The season of Septuaagesima is not specifically mentioned in the new calendar.  It refers to the three Sundays before Ash Wednesday, and is a kind of pre-Lent which gives us the opportunity to prepare for Lent itself.

Here is a commentary for the season from the traditional  parish of the Maternal Heart in Australia, which we often refer to on this site.


Three weeks prior to Ash Wednesday, on the day before Septuagesima Sunday, a touching ceremony is held. A choir assembles, chants the divine office and, afterwards, sings a bittersweet hymn bidding farewell to the word "Alleluia"
We do not now deserve
To sing the Alleluia forever;
Guilt forces us
To dismiss you, O Alleluia.
For the time approaches in which
We must weep for our sins.
That ceremony, known as the Depositio of the Alleluia, ushers in the season of Septuagesima,  the roughly seventy days prior to Easter that help us make the transition from the joy of Epiphany to the penitence of Lent. 
So important was Lent to both Eastern and Western Christians that they actually had a separate season to prepare for it. Thus, the day after Septuagesima Sunday, they would begin a period of voluntary fasting that would grow more severe as it approached the full and obligatory fast of Lent. The amount of food would be reduced, and the consumption of certain items, such as butter, milk, eggs, and cheese, would gradually be abandoned. Starting on the Thursday before Ash Wednesday, this self-imposed asceticism would culminate in abstinence from meat. Thus the name for this seven-day period before Ash Wednesday, is "Carnival," from the Latin carne levarium, meaning "removal of meat." Finally, within the week of Carnival, the last three days (the three days prior to Lent) would be reserved for going to confession This period was known as  "Shrovetide," from the old English word "to shrive," or to have one's sins forgiven through absolution.

Friday, 3 February 2017

Fifth Sunday after the Epiphany

A reminder that Holy Mass will be offered at 3pm this Sunday at Sacred Heart Church, Morriston.

Refreshments available in the Parish Centre after the Mass.

All are welcome.

Wednesday, 18 January 2017

Holy Mass on Sunday 22nd January 3pm. Sacred Heart

I am pleased to be able to advertise an extra Mass which will take place this Sunday 22nd January at Sacred Heart, Morriston,  at 3pm. 

Many thanks to Fr. Jason Jones for offering this Mass.

From time to time , additional Mass times may be advertised, so please keep an eye on the website and the emails if you are subscribed,  we will try to give as much notice as possible.  To subscribe to the site and receive regular email updates, please follow the link on the front page.
There will be e opportunity for refreshments after Mass in the Parish Centre.