Syro-Malabar Sunday Mass at St Saviour
15 October 2023
A new addition to the Sunday Holy Mass Schedule is printed in the Parish Newsletter this weekend and carried each week from now on. The Syro-Malabar Community have been having Mass at a weekend that suited their priest and the community’s schedule. Owing to the reduction of the parish Masses, the Sunday
morning has now become available and I am very happy to make St Saviour available at 10.30am for the Syro-Malabar Rite Mass and to welcome all those families and children attached to the Syro-Malabar Rite, part of our global Catholic family. It might be helpful to explain a little about the Syro-Malabar Rite.
Most Catholics in England are known as Latin Rite Catholics, and Latin Rite Catholics form the overwhelming majority of Catholics around the world, but within the One Catholic Church there
are six Rites and twenty three churches all within the one Catholic Church. Some may have heard of the various forms in the Eastern Church: the Alexandrian, the Antiochian, the Armenian, the Chaldean, the Byzantine. All of these are part of the Catholic Church that we belong to. The Syro-Malabar Rite belongs to
the Chaldean branch and can trace their roots back to the first generation of Catholics in India and so to the Apostle, St Thomas.
The Liturgy that will be celebrated at St Saviour at 10.30am on Sunday mornings would be likely unknown to most of us, but is simply a different Liturgical heritage, tradition, and patrimony of the same Mass that we celebrate in the Latin Rite and is another beautiful expression of the history of the Catholic Church, though expressed in and through an ancient culture, parallel with our own, but distinct from our own received celebration of the Mass over two thousand years in the Latin Rite.
You may want to go one Sunday, simply to experience the prayer, the music, the warmth of the welcome - and the numbers! - so many families and children. Another wonderful development in the life of our parish showing how universal the Catholic Church truly is: embracing all races, cultures, ethnicities, languages, encouraging different but equally reverent forms of the same Holy Mass and the new time of Mass will help the community, too.