We are a Catholic parish in the heart of Edinburgh’s Old Town and home to the Edinburgh Oratory Project.
Last week we began in earnest the solemn singing of the official evening prayer of the Church (Vespers), and we encourage you to return to St Patrick’s after fulfilling your Mass obligation previously in the day, to give thanks for the Lord’s blessings on His Day.
Vespers and Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament are sung in Latin, with translations provided on the sheets available. All are welcome.
The second in our Lenten Talks (covering the Commandments, the Virtues, the Corporal and Spiritual Works of Mercy) in the Memorial Room each Saturday in Lent at 10.45am, ending with the beginning of Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament and Confessions in Church at 11.30am.
Benediction at 12.15pm and Holy Mass at 12.30pm.
(Please note that there is only one Priest available today, and there will therefore be no confessions heard during Mass).
After the 5.45pm Mass (and the weekly devotions to St Philip Neri).
Scotland’s premier copy of the Shroud of Turin has arrived at St Patrick’s and will remain for a fortnight; you’re encouraged to come and pray, bring family and friends, and promote this wonderful image of the Lord’s Passion and Resurrection. There will be a specialist talk on the Shroud on Monday 4th of March after the 5.45pm Mass and the weekly St Philip devotions (so starting at 6.30pm, for those who cannot come earlier). Teas and coffees provided by the Brothers of the Little Oratory afterwards.
The famous Oratorian Priest of Turin, Blessed Sebastian Valfrè, repaired the Shroud in 1694 and he said, “The Cross received the living Jesus and gave Him back to us dead; the Shroud received the dead Jesus and restored Him to us alive.”
5.30pm Vespers (Sung Evening Prayer) with Benediction begins this First Sunday of Lent, replacing the Exposition and Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament at the end of the 4.30pm Mass.
Please pick up a Vesper Sheet at the church entrance, which has the Latin text and English translation. Sadly a number of the voices who would sing Vespers are currently absent or unwell, so we will do our best by singing the Gregorian Chant in the simplest form possible.
Saturday 17th February 10.45am in the Memorial Room (at the church entrance, near the Venerable Margaret Sinclair Museum) a Lenten Talk on “The Commandments”. The first in a weekly series each Saturday in Lent. Next week the topic is “The Cardinal Virtues”, then “the Corporal Works of Mercy” and in a fortnight’s time “the Spiritual Works of Mercy”. All welcome.
Each Saturday also 11.30am Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament, during which Confessions are heard, 12.15pm Benediction, and 12.30pm Holy Mass.
Sunday 11th February 2024 at 5.15pm (at the conclusion of the 4.30pm Mass) we will process with lighted candles, bearing an image of Our Lady of Lourdes around the inside of the church, and briefly outside the boundaries of the church (Cowgate and Gray’s Close) whilst singing hymns, before ending with Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament.