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Lady Mass during Christmastide

Lady Mass during Christmastide at Christ Church, Bronxville (January 2011)

The two seasonal forms of Lady Mass are for Advent and for Christmastide.

Christmastide extends from Christmas Day (25 December) to the feast of the Purification of the Blessed Virgin Mary (2 February, also marking the presentation of Christ in the Temple at Jerusalem). It includes within it the feasts of Christmas week (St Stephen, St John, Holy Innocents, St Thomas Becket), the Circumcision of Christ (1 January) and the Epiphany (6 January).

The celebration of Lady Mass during Christmastide undertaken within the project took place in Christ Church, Bronxville, on the outskirts of New York City, in January 2011. Christ Church was built in 1901 and adapted in the 1930s for high Anglican worship, much influenced by the work of Percy Dearmer. Dearmer himself looked to the pre-Reformation ceremonial practice of the Use of Salisbury as the model of English ritual during the first years of the Church of England, from 1534 up to the publication of the first Book of Common Prayer in 1549.

There is no recording of Lady Mass during Christmastide. However, the texts used for this celebration can be viewed or downloaded as pdf files here. There is also a full report of the event.