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Services at Preston’s landmark St Walburge’s Church, which were threatened by falling congregations, are to continue . . . in Latin.


The imposing building, whose 309-foot spire can be seen for miles around, had been facing the prospect of closure as the Catholic Church struggles for an audience in the centre of the city.

But now the Bishop of Lancaster has announced the Institute of Christ the King Sovereign Priest, which celebrates the traditional Tridentine Mass, could be conducting services in the church by the autmun. “The future of St Walburge’s Church came into very serious question in the light of much fewer people at Mass in this vast and yet most beautiful church,” said Bishop Michael Campbell in a statement read out at Preston churches on Sunday.

“The arrival and presence of the Institute at St Walburge’s will enable the sustainability and care of this magnificent church so that it can be open each day as a shrine or centre for Eucharistic devotion and adoration.”

St Walburge’s was built in 1847 and its spire is the third tallest in the UK. But falling attendances - a cause for concern within inner Preston - meant it could have faced decommission.

“There are some voices - even now - who tell me that the presence of the Catholic Church in inner Preston is finished,” added Bishop Campbell. “I cannot agree. We need to be here in a new shape and form and at the same time to strengthen our missionary presence and vitality.”

St Walburge’s will continue to celebrate the Ordinary Form Mass on a Sunday for as long as there is a need.

Deo Gratias!
Deo gratias, indeed!
It's quite a church building

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And named after an old saxon saint.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Saint_Walpurga
It would have been a real sin for that church to fall into disuse.
It's a beautiful Church, but a Church like that demands a liturgy that fits the place, a liturgy just as beautiful and steeped in Tradition as the spire and the stained glass. I really think that we are standing on the edge of a revival in the Church, a revival that in some fashion was brought about by the utter rupture of Vatican II. This crisis is bringing people to the Church that really want to be there and who are now reading and studying all the ways of the Church prior to the Council, hungering for it and trying to build it again. The Church of the future will indeed be smaller but it'll be robust and full of small serious congregations.
(04-15-2014, 12:46 AM)formerbuddhist Wrote: [ -> ]It's a beautiful Church, but a Church like that demands a liturgy that fits the place, a liturgy just as beautiful and steeped in Tradition as the spire and the stained glass. I really think that we are standing on the edge of a revival in the Church, a revival that in some fashion was brought about by the utter rupture of Vatican II. This crisis is bringing people to the Church that really want to be there and who are now reading and studying all the ways of the Church prior to the Council, hungering for it and trying to build it again. The Church of the future will indeed be smaller but it'll be robust and full of small serious congregations.

This is true. I have a friend who read a book by Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI called Salt of the Earth in which according to my friend Benedict XVI states that it would be a lot better if the Catholic Church was smaller but with real Catholics who know and live the faith. He states that it does not serve to have a million converts to the faith if they at the end of the day do not live out or even believe the faith. It is about quality of quantity. Thus he states that even if the church was a bit smaller but with real and zealous Catholics the Church would be a lot stronger.
(04-15-2014, 12:46 AM)formerbuddhist Wrote: [ -> ]It's a beautiful Church, but a Church like that demands a liturgy that fits the place, a liturgy just as beautiful and steeped in Tradition as the spire and the stained glass. I really think that we are standing on the edge of a revival in the Church, a revival that in some fashion was brought about by the utter rupture of Vatican II. This crisis is bringing people to the Church that really want to be there and who are now reading and studying all the ways of the Church prior to the Council, hungering for it and trying to build it again. The Church of the future will indeed be smaller but it'll be robust and full of small serious congregations.

I, for one, am praying like gangbusters for that!