Congratulations to Fr Jolly on his First (EF) Mass
July 6, 2017
God bless Fr Andrew Jolly of Liverpool Archdiocese who is currently offering his first Holy Mass in the Extraordinary Form. Ordained 19 years ago, over the past few months Fr Jolly has been diligently studying the traditional Mass, with regular practices ('dry Masses') at St Mary's Shrine, and is right now offering Mass here.
In his short homily, Fr Jolly expressed gratitude to newly ordained Fr Alex Stewart, FSSP for serving as Assistant Priest at this Mass. It is usual for a priest at his first Mass to have an AP, even for a Low Mass. For it is not a light thing to ascend to the altar of God, to this "terrible and awful place" (cf Gen 28:17). Ordinarily a seminarian spends at least 7 years observing the Mass every day, and learning carefully how to serve in the various roles, and then devotes himself intensely to practice of offering Mass during his diaconate year. If anyone claims it is easy to learn, it is doubtless because they have not understood the depths and refinement of the rite.
God bless Fr Jolly for his patient application and study, and for offering Holy Mass at St Mary's today.
Ad multos annos! And congratulations too to Fr Stewart--it is not many priests who minister as Assistant Priest within a month of their own ordination!