After the Mass of Ordination, I remember, we newly ordained (two of us) were allowed to have breakfast in the Profs' Parlour as if we were equals with the professors who had been teaching us for years (which in ordination terms was true but it was a bit weird!). Then we had to go out into the ambulacra and give our priestly blessing to long lines of students, all kneeling to receive it. Afterwards, duty done, I left for a quiet lunch with my mother and father, brother and family friend. And the strange feeling of having left the College for the last time, thirteen years of studies and now out in the world!
At 10.30am, I celebrated my usual Novus Ordo Mass. There followed a Reception organised by a parish committee in a local club hall -- and an excellent do it was: food, company and chatter.
Tuesday evening is my usual evening for a Latin Mass, and I decided that that Tuesday would be special for those who regularly attend the Latin Mass. In addition to the regulars, a busload of my former parishioners came to help me celebrate. The Mass was a Missa Cantata, and an augmented choir sang the Mass of St Cecilia by JE Turner. Afterwards we all went out into the garden where we had a Champagne Reception. The midges had a fine time and nobody fell into the pond! A great and memorable evening! Here's to the Sixtieth!