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A Tremendous Musical Oratorio!

Mr Warrick Adeney, Musical Director of the Brisbane Oratory, shares with us a summary of the Musical Oratorio held in November

A healthy number of souls heard our recent Marian Oratorio, devoted to the tremendous repertory of Marian marvels in church music, and commemorating the centenary of Fatima. We opened with some chant of St Hildegard, wistfully sung by Eleanor Adeney. Our choir, somewhat augmented for the occasion, sang representative Renaissance compositions on the texts Ave Maria and Alma Mater Redemptoris.

 

Mother and daughter, Michele and Eleanor Adeney.

 

The Brisbane Oratory Choir and Schola giving glory to God through music.

 

The work of Palestrina, a personal friend of St Philip Neri, was performed. Children’s voices were heard ringing in our beautiful acoustic, and this is a feature we will develop. The programme also included instrumental works and culminated in Haydn’s glorious Salve Regina, a fully developed work cast in five movements for strings, organ, small choir, and a brilliant soprano solo which was beautifully handled by Sarah Adeney. All present joined in with the hymn O Purest of Creatures, written by of Fr F.W. Faber of Bl Cardinal Newman’s Oratory.

 

Sarah Adeney beautifully handles the soprano solo.

 

Instrumental works were also played, including our own Fr Scot on Violin.

 

The next Oratorio will be in the form of a Christmas event, including lessons and carols, on Saturday night December 16. Our resources will combine with the musicians of Artes Christi, who bless the East Coast from Sydney to Brisbane each Advent. In 2018 we will plan two Oratorios again, and continue to develop the concept along with our instrumental and choral resources. Enquiries about our music are most welcome.

The fathers and brothers of the Brisbane Oratory would like to thank all those involved in the evening: our Musical Director Mr Warrick Adeney who dedicates his time and effort for the Brisbane Oratory, the soloists, the members of the Brisbane Oratory Choir and Schola, those on instruments, Maria Rose Anna Photography, and all those involved in any other way.

 

Oratorian Vocations

As a man joins an Oratorian community, he passes through various stages leading to full membership in the community.  The first three years consist of the first probation (one year) and then the second probation (two years), during which the novice is formed in zeal for virtue and also formed to become adapted to the family life of the Oratory community.  As well as becoming imbued in the mind and spirit of the Oratory, his suitability is also tested.  At the end of these three years, if the novice has given a good account of himself in the life of the community, and has the intention of remaining forever, then the community takes a secret ballot and decides by absolute majority whether the man is to be fully aggregated into the community or dismissed.  Brother Tyson completed his second probation at the beginning of September, and so the vote was taken and he has been aggregated to our community.  Congratulations, Brother Tyson!  After the completion of a further three years after aggregation (when one completes the sexennium, six years since entering), a member is given full voting rights in the community, with the ability to elect others, and is eligible to be elected to all offices in the community.

Br Tyson receives the Oratorian cassock in 2014 from Fr Robinson, Provost of the Toronto Oratory.

At the moment we have a couple of serious enquirers to the Oratory.  Please keep these men in your prayers, and please pray for Oratorian vocations.  If we do have more members join in 2018, we will most certainly need to spend some money to create more bedrooms, which is a wonderful problem to have!  This is a good opportunity to thank our committed and regular benefactors who allow us to meet our financial commitments.  If you are not already signed up with a regular contribution to the Oratory, may I invite you to do so?  Please contact me for more information, or visit the Donations page on the website.

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All Saints Day and All Souls Day 2017

In the beginning of November, the Church, after commemorating the Feast of All Saints, commemorates the Feast of All Souls Day. On the Feast of All Saints, we commemorate the Church Triumphant, who are all the saints in heaven. Not only does this include all those canonised saints, but all the souls who are in heaven who have no feast day of their own. We do this to thank God for the graces he gives to all the elect, to excite ourselves to imitate their virtues, to implore their intercession, and to make up for any lack on our part in honouring God in his saints on their particular feast days. All Saints this year was celebrated at the Oratory with a Low Mass in the morning, and a Solemn English Mass in the evening.

 

Our prayers are strengthened when we unite them to the Sacrifice of the Mass.

 

Fr Andrew said the Low Mass in the morning.

 

Having offered praise for all the Saints in heaven, the Church turns on All Souls Day, to pray for the Church Suffering, that is, all the faithful departed in Purgatory. Purgatory is that middle state where souls, having died in friendship with God but not yet perfect, undergo temporal punishment owed for their forgiven sins and are made free from this stain of sin so they may enter heaven. On this day we strive to help all those who still groan in purgatory by our prayers, which can help hasten their entrance into heaven. We must remember, that on entering heaven, they will certainly not forget to pray for those who prayed for them.

 

Black vestments remind us of the need to pray for our deceased loved ones.

 

Some of the Brisbane Oratory Schola chanting parts of the ancient Requiem Mass.

 

Fr Andrew says the absolutions for the dead, over the catafalque, which stands in place of the deceased.

 

During this month of November let us remember to pray for the dead in a special way. November Mass Offering envelopes are available at Mary Immaculate and St John Fisher and can be placed into the weekend collections. Your friends, relatives, and benefactors will be remembered in Masses for Holy Souls throughout the coming year.

 

The Oxford Adventure Begins

Br Shawn and Br Tyson landed in Oxford on the 28th of September, weary and jet lagged but soon hit the ground running and was brought up to speed in the Oxford Oratorian rule of life and studies at Blackfriars. Here in Oxford, they begin their theological studies in preparation for the priesthood at the Brisbane Oratory.

 

The brothers outside Blackfriars where they study.

 

Br Shawn getting into his essay at Blackfriars Library.

 

The Station of the Cross that inspired JRR Tolkien’s conception of the Orcs in Lord of the Rings inside Blackfriars Chapel which he would frequent.

 

One of the first things Br Shawn and Br Tyson participated in was the feast day of Blessed John Henry Newman. The founder of the Oratory in the English speaking world. There was a “triduum” involving daily prayers and devotions for three days leading up to the feast day. One highlight was a night pilgrimage from the Oxford Oratory to Littlemore where Bl John Henry Newman was received into “the one fold of the Redeemer.”

 

The pilgrimage into Littlemore. With the megaphone is Fr Daniel Seward, Provost of the Oxford Oratory.

 

Entering this room, Bl Dominic Barbara turned around to see Bl John Henry Newman begging him to receive him into the Church. And he did.

 

The brothers have been able to take in some of the sights of the beautiful city of Oxford, including Trinity college where Bl John Henry Newman studied as an undergraduate.

 

A statue of Bl John Henry Newman in Trinity College Gardens.

 

Br Shawn on the lawns of Trinity College.

 

Br Tyson pointing to the room in which Bl John Henry Newman lived while at the college.

 

 

They are also involved in the liturgical life of the Oratory. As this post is published, the 40 hours devotion for which St Philip had a great affinity is underway. It involves exposition of the Blessed Sacrament for 40 hours (derived from the 40 hours of Jesus’ body in the tomb). During this sacred time, parishioners can come and spend an hour or more with our Blessed Lord in the Holy Eucharist, adoring Him, and making reparation for the many offences against His Holy Name and the Church.  During this time there are many devotions and prayers such as Musical Oratory, Rosary, Benediction, and the Divine Office, such as Vespers, to name a few.

 

The Oxford Oratory Church of St Aloysius Gonzaga.

 

The brothers helping to set up for 40 hours… one of them anyway.

 

Well over 100 candles burning for our Lord in the Blessed Sacrament at the Oxford Oratory.

 

As the brothers continue their priestly formation and studies here in Newman’s city, please pray for them, that they be conformed to the Sacred Heart of Jesus, the Good Shepherd.

“The most beautiful prayer we can make, is to say to God, As Thou knowest and willest, O Lord, so do with me.” St Philip Neri

 

Invitation to the Secular Oratory

At the Brisbane Oratory in Formation, something very important to our work is to provide guidance in prayer and formation for the lay faithful. This was very close to the heart of St Philip Neri, our founder, who created the Oratory in order to serve what was called the Secular Oratory. The Secular Oratory is made of the laity who attach themselves to the Oratory for spiritual exercises, and we are pleased to announce the beginning of the Men’s and Women’s Secular Oratory here in Brisbane!

Men’s and Women’s Oratory are regular sessions of prayer, formation and fellowship for laypeople. Beginning in October, the Fathers of the Brisbane Oratory in Formation will begin monthly evening sessions of Secular Oratory for adult men and women. The sessions will include a short sermon, time for meditation, prayer, and discussion – all centred on growth in the Christian life.

Secular Oratory begins at 7:30pm at Mary Immaculate church and goes for one hour. The dates for the next few months are:

  • 12th of October – Men’s Oratory
  • 7th of November – Women’s Oratory
  • 14th of December – Men’s Oratory
  • 6th of February – Women’s Oratory
We really encourage you to come along and be a part of something that will help you to grow in your spiritual life and the lay apostolate. So mark those calendars, and we look forward to seeing you there for the beginning of Men’s and Women’s Secular Oratory.

Upcoming Events

Jun
24
Sun
4:00 pm Vespers @ Mary Immaculate Church
Vespers @ Mary Immaculate Church
Jun 24 @ 4:00 pm – 4:30 pm
Vespers @ Mary Immaculate Church
Vespers is the evening prayer of the Church and comes from the Divine Office, which is the official prayer book of the Church. From the very beginning of Christianity, Christians would sing or chant the[...]
Jul
4
Wed
7:30 pm Bl Pier Giorgio Frassati @ Mary Immaculate Church
Bl Pier Giorgio Frassati @ Mary Immaculate Church
Jul 4 @ 7:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Bl Pier Giorgio Frassati @ Mary Immaculate Church
Bl Pier Giorgio Frassati is a patron of the Oratory in Formation and the patron of Frassati Fraternity. He was born in 1901 and as a young man was very active in charitable works to[...]
Jul
8
Sun
4:00 pm Vespers @ Mary Immaculate Church
Vespers @ Mary Immaculate Church
Jul 8 @ 4:00 pm – 4:30 pm
Vespers @ Mary Immaculate Church
Vespers is the evening prayer of the Church and comes from the Divine Office, which is the official prayer book of the Church. From the very beginning of Christianity, Christians would sing or chant the[...]
Jul
9
Mon
7:00 pm Brothers Institution to Acolyte @ Mary Immaculate Church
Brothers Institution to Acolyte @ Mary Immaculate Church
Jul 9 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Brothers Institution to Acolyte @ Mary Immaculate Church
Before a man can be ordained to Holy Orders he must first receive and have exercised the Ministries of Lector and Acolyte, as such they are important steps on the path to ordination. As Acolytes, the brothers[...]
Jul
17
Tue
7:30 pm Women’s Secular Oratory @ Mary Immaculate Church
Women’s Secular Oratory @ Mary Immaculate Church
Jul 17 @ 7:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Women's Secular Oratory @ Mary Immaculate Church
Inspired by St Philip Neri, Women’s Secular Oratory are evening sessions of prayer for women based on the classic model of mental prayer. The sessions include a meditation, that is, a brief reading from a[...]
Jul
22
Sun
4:00 pm Vespers @ Mary Immaculate Church
Vespers @ Mary Immaculate Church
Jul 22 @ 4:00 pm – 4:30 pm
Vespers @ Mary Immaculate Church
Vespers is the evening prayer of the Church and comes from the Divine Office, which is the official prayer book of the Church. From the very beginning of Christianity, Christians would sing or chant the[...]
Jul
28
Sat
6:30 pm Oratory 3rd Anniversary Dinner a... @ Riverside Receptions
Oratory 3rd Anniversary Dinner a... @ Riverside Receptions
Jul 28 @ 6:30 pm – 11:00 pm
Oratory 3rd Anniversary Dinner and Dance @ Riverside Receptions
You are invited to join us for our annual fundraising and social event, as we celebrate the third anniversary since the establishment of the Brisbane Oratory in Formation.  Saturday 28th July 2018, 6:30pm for 7:30pm[...]
Aug
2
Thu
7:30 pm Men’s Secular Oratory @ Mary Immaculate Church
Men’s Secular Oratory @ Mary Immaculate Church
Aug 2 @ 7:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Men's Secular Oratory @ Mary Immaculate Church
Inspired by St Philip Neri, Men’s Secular Oratory are evening sessions of prayer for men based on the classic model of mental prayer. The sessions include a meditation, that is, a brief reading from a[...]
Aug
8
Wed
5:30 pm Mary of the Cross MacKillop @ Mary Immaculate Church
Mary of the Cross MacKillop @ Mary Immaculate Church
Aug 8 @ 5:30 pm – 7:00 pm
Mary of the Cross MacKillop @ Mary Immaculate Church
Saint Mary of the Cross MacKillop is Australia’s first canonised Saint. While a laywoman she became a teacher, but eventually began to yearn for a strictly penitential form of religious life. Her spiritual director Fr[...]
Aug
15
Wed
7:30 pm Assumption of Mary @ Mary Immaculate Church
Assumption of Mary @ Mary Immaculate Church
Aug 15 @ 7:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Assumption of Mary @ Mary Immaculate Church
The Solemnity of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary is of such importance in the Church that it is elevated to a Holy Day of Obligation, one of those days in which the Church[...]
Sep
11
Tue
7:30 pm Women’s Secular Oratory @ Mary Immaculate Church
Women’s Secular Oratory @ Mary Immaculate Church
Sep 11 @ 7:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Women's Secular Oratory @ Mary Immaculate Church
Inspired by St Philip Neri, Women’s Secular Oratory are evening sessions of prayer for women based on the classic model of mental prayer. The sessions include a meditation, that is, a brief reading from a[...]
Sep
14
Fri
7:30 pm Exaltation of the Holy Cross @ Mary Immaculate Church
Exaltation of the Holy Cross @ Mary Immaculate Church
Sep 14 @ 7:30 pm – 9:00 pm
Exaltation of the Holy Cross @ Mary Immaculate Church
There will be a procession with a Relic of the True Cross followed by a Solemn High Mass and an opportunity to venerate the relic. This relic is a fragment of the cross that Christ[...]