Chesterton said, “The Christian ideal has not been tried and found wanting. It has been found difficult; and left untried.”



Our chaplain, Fr David Irwin, celebrated a Requiem Mass for the month's mind of the late Grand Prior on Thursday evening in the Lady Chapel at Spanish Place, attended by members of the Order and Companions, especially those who had been unable to attend the funeral.  The Chancellor, H E Fra' Duncan Gallie, was in attendance.  The music of the Mass was sung by a schola of Companions of the Order (to one of whom we are indebted for the photograph above) which was led by Count de Evora, the former honorary Master of the Music to the Grand Priory.

Following the Mass there was an opportunity to venerate the relic of Blessed Adrian Fortescue, whose feast fell the next day; a tertiary relic from the Book of Hours of our Patron currently in the care of the Grand Master.  As with so many Reformation martyrs, there are no primary relics of Blessed Adrian.

A reception was then held in the Rectory dining-room, by kind permission of the Rector, Fr Christopher Colven.

Requiem aeternam dona ei Domine, et lux perpetua luceat ei.
Requiescat in pace.

Beate Hadriane Fortescue, ora pro eo.