Sunday 20th October 2013
The Church of the Most Precious Blood, Borough, which is in the care of the Ordinariate, was filled to capacity on Saturday 19 October for the ordination of two more priests for the Personal Ordinariate of Our Lady of Walsingham. The Revd Scott Anderson and the Revd Anthony Watkins, both formerly clergy in the Church of England, were ordained by the Archbishop of Southwark, the Most Revd Peter Smith, in the presence of the Ordinary, the Rt Revd Mgr Keith Newton, who preached the sermon. Ordinariate priests from across Britain concelebrated.
The music included the Kyrie and Gloria from the Missa de Angelis, and the Sanctus and Agnus Dei in F by Harold Darke. Elgar's Ave Verum Corpus was sung at Communion and there were traditional hymns including John Henry Newman's "Praise to the Holiest", Faber's "There's a wideness in God's mercy" and Dix's Allleluia! Sing to Jesus!"
The ordination Mass included a special prayer of thanksgiving for the ministry of both men in the Church of England: "The Holy Catholic Church recognises that not a few of the sacred actions of the Christian religion as carried out in communities separated from her can truly engender a life of grace and can rightly be described as providing access to the community of salvation..."
Father Christopher Pearson, priest in charge of the Most Precious Blood, warmly welcomed the congregation and drew their attention to "the Ordinariate's new Bishop" – a pipe organ made by Bishop and Son in 1881 which has been installed and restored at the Most Precious Blood and made its debut at the ordinations Mass. After the Mass there was a reception at the Menier art Gallery, in Southwark Street, across the road from the church. The gallery remained open during the reception, so local visitors mingled with ordination guests. Refreshments were provided by volunteers from the parish.