I was really pleased to read over at Sentire Cum Ecclesia that there is going to be a regular Mass celebrated in the Extraordinary Form at St Patrick’s Cathedral, Melbourne (Australia).  He has a link to photos of the first of these Masses.

A cathedral, being the ‘mother church’ of a diocese, should lead the way and set the best example for parishes to follow.  The regular provision of the Extraordinary Form of Mass at Melbourne’s Cathedral well accords with the Holy Father’s wish that the EF of the Mass be provided generously to those who ask for it.

It’d be wonderful if all Cathedral Churches similarly added a regular EF Mass to their schedules.  It is worth noting that the most recent document on this subject, Universae Ecclesiae, does indicate that the lay faithful need to take the initiative and ask for Mass to be celebrated in the Extraordinary Form.  The document also indicates that Pastors (of parishes) are to respond favourably by providing the Mass themselves, or by facilitating the celebration of the Mass.  [I currently can’t celebrate in the Extraordinary Form – I’m still learning!  So if I was a pastor, and people came to me to request a celebration in the EF, I would have to do something to assist the people in their request, probably by inviting a priest to the parish who could celebrate in the EF.]

Well done to those in Melbourne, and I look forward to hearing sequel-stories coming from other cathedrals!