The Mass of Reparation

Each week in our community a Mass is offered in reparation for the sins of sacrilege committed against Our Lord, present in the Most Blessed Sacrament. These sins not only include the public insults suffered by Our Lord in the Holy Eucharist but also the sacrilege of those who neglect their Sunday duty of attending Mass. St. Philip’s Priory is the centre of the Archconfraternity of the Blessed Sacrament in England. The Archconfraternity was founded by the Norbertine sister Rose of Bonlieu who promoted the devotion amongst the faithful. Members of the Archconfraternity promise to attend one extra Mass during the week in reparation for all those who neglect their Sunday obligation. Pope Leo XIII, who had a great desire to see the return of England to the Faith, raised the Mass of Reparation to an Archconfraternity. St. Pius Xth graciously bestowed his blessing on the work of the archconfraternity and in ackowledgement presented the Norbertine Canons with a gift of a beautiful chalice in 1907.

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Our Holy Father Norbert was partiuclarly known for his devotion to the Blessed Sacrament and his triumph over the Sacramentarian heresy of Tanchelm. Iconography of Our Holy Father often depicts him holding high the Eucharist above the errors of Tanchelm. This devotion was bequethed by St. Norbert to his sons and thus as Norbertines we have a particular devotion to Christ present in the Blessed Sacrament.

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