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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 Large – starts again on 6th April 2016

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

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Helping us to help others


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Helping us to help others


The work of St Philip in London – The Oratory Friends

The Oratory Friends aim to bring to London the work of St Philip Neri, the sixteenth-century founder of the Roman Oratory. When St Philip arrived in Rome in 1534 he soon saw that one way to draw others to follow Christ more closely was by sending them out to assist the needy in the great city of Rome. He encouraged his followers to assist in the local hospitals and he often went out on his own on missions of mercy to help  those who were poor but unable or too ashamed  to beg and whom, by Divine guidance, he knew needed aid. By these means and by his preaching, St Philip became known as the Second Apostle of Rome

Helping us to help others

By volunteering through the Brompton Oratory you commit to a dual role: giving your time to those in genuine need and doing so as an ‘ambassador’ for your Faith and for the Oratory. Naturally, not all those with whom you will come in to contact will be Catholic or even Christian and so this will be a chance to witness to the truth of our Faith by concrete deeds of love.

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Music at the Oratory


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Music at the Oratory


From the FATHER Prefect of Music

Many of our friends kindly say how much they admire our musical tradition, which following the tradition of St Philip Neri is meant to assist the raising of mind and heart to God. On some great feasts this is accompanied by an orchestra or by period instruments. This was possible through a generous gift some years ago. Unfortunately this sum has now been exhausted and we need financial assistance if this is to continue. This is not a concert but a part of the worship of God, giving Him glory and praise. Although the Carol Service was well attended and supported we are also still in need of financial support for this popular preparation for Christmas.


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