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The London Oratory


The Church of the Immaculate Heart of Mary, better known as Brompton Oratory, is home to the Congregation of the Oratory of St Philip Neri in London, a community of priests living under the rule of life established by its founder in the sixteenth century. The Oratory also serves as a parish church in the Roman Catholic Diocese of Westminster.

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The London Oratory


The Church of the Immaculate Heart of Mary, better known as Brompton Oratory, is home to the Congregation of the Oratory of St Philip Neri in London, a community of priests living under the rule of life established by its founder in the sixteenth century. The Oratory also serves as a parish church in the Roman Catholic Diocese of Westminster.


 
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The Oratory Parish


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The Oratory Parish


There is a priest on duty at the Oratory House from Monday to Friday 9.30am–12pm,  3pm–5.30pm, & 7.45pm–9pm, and on Saturday 9.30am–12pm, & 3pm–5.30pm. He should be contacted in person for all enquiries regarding Baptisms, Marriages, Mass intentions, house blessings etc.

General Enquiries

BROTHERS OF THE LITTLE ORATORY
4.30pm Sundays. Little Oratory.  Fr Creighton-Jobe

CATHOLIC INQUIRY COURSE
(For non-Catholics)
8.00pm Wednesdays.  Oratory House.  Fr Lang – starts again in mid-September

CATECHISM FOR CATHOLICS
8.00pm Wednesdays.  Oratory House. Fr Doyle

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Friends of the Oratory


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Friends of the Oratory


The “Friends of the Oratory” is a new group formed by parishioners of the London Oratory looking to become active within the Parish and support the Fathers in various charitable activities.

We are delighted to launch our new website with projects to help the elderly and the homeless and also to introduce a new network of volunteers ready to give support to the more vulnerable members of our parish.  

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Music at the Oratory


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Music at the Oratory


ORGANIST VACANCY

The Oratory Fathers seek to appoint an Organist from January 2016 or earlier, to head all aspects of organ-playing within the traditional Roman Catholic liturgy for which the Oratory is famous.  Though a part-time post, a generous stipend reflects its artistic significance.  Numerous additional services attract extra fees.

Details from: The Director of Music, Patrick Russill, email: patrickrussill@blueyonder.co.uk subject ‘Organist Vacancy’, or download here.

The vacancy arises on the appointment of our Organist since 2011, Matthew Martin, to be Director of Music at Keble College, Oxford, with effect from October.  At the Oratory Matthew has clothed our major services with improvisations and accompaniments distinguished by flair, creativity and deep understanding of the liturgy and its chant: his superb skills will be much missed. Nonetheless, we offer him hearty congratulations on this significant appointment and offer him our best wishes for happiness and success in his future career not just as a performer and pedagogue, but also as a composer.  In the last four years his profile as one of Britain’s leading young choral composers has hugely increased, including winning the Liturgical section of the 2013 British Composer Awards.  


The London Oratory is internationally recognised as one of the outstanding custodians of sacred music in the Catholic tradition. Solemn Latin Mass and Vespers are celebrated on all Sundays and Holy Days of Obligation in the year.  In particular, the great liturgies of Christmas, Holy Week and Easter attract packed-out congregations.

To serve the liturgy the Oratory Fathers have fostered a unique musical establishment, comprising three separate choirs plus a professional music staff.

Masses and other services regularly performed with choral and organ music:

Tuesday:      
6.30pm Benediction (Oratory Junior Choir)

Saturday:      
6.00pm  First Mass of Sunday  (London Oratory School Schola)

Sunday:        
10.00am Family Mass  (Oratory Junior Choir)
11.00am  Solemn Latin Mass  (Choir of the London Oratory)
3.30pm    Solemn Latin Vespers  (Choir of the London Oratory)

All holydays of obligation:
On the eve     5.30pm  Solemn First Vespers  (Choir of the London Oratory)
On the day    6.30pm      Solemn Latin Mass  (Choir of the London Oratory)

 
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The Oratory of Saint Philip Neri


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The Oratory of Saint Philip Neri


Saint Philip Neri

Born at Florence, Italy, 22 July, 1515; died 27 May, 1595. Philip's family originally came from Castelfranco but had lived for many generations in Florence, where not a few of its members had practised the learned professions............

BL. John Henry Newman

John Henry Newman was born in London on 21st February 1801, the eldest of six children of London banker. He grew up in the Church of England. As a teenager he experienced a deep religious conversion and resolved to........

Father WILFRID Faber

Frederick William Faber (1814-1863) was the founder, under Newman, of the London Oratory. Faber and a small group of Newman's disciples came from Birmingham to London in 1849. They began their community ...........

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Church Tour


Begin your tour of the London Oratory Church here by clicking here

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Church Tour


Begin your tour of the London Oratory Church here by clicking here