The High Altar in Merton College's medieval chapel is prepared for Solemn Mass. Incidentally, the altarpiece is 16th-century, of the school of Tintoretto, and the surround, c.1923 is by Sir Ninian Comper.
The Procession enters the Quire. Behind the Crucifer are the cantors of the Schola Sainte Cecile who once again sang the most sublime chant and fauxbourdon at the Solemn Mass. There are more photos on their blog too.
Prayers at the foot of the Altar, followed by the Confiteor:
The Altar is incensed:
The Altar prepared with cope and mitres for the bishop to vest after he arrives in the chapel of Merton College, Oxford.
The bishop and clergy entered in procession.
The bishop paused for prayers before being vested.
Watched by the MC, Dr Alcuin Reid and assisted by Fr Tim Finigan and Rev Dr Laurence Hemming, the bishop was vested in pontificals over his rochet.
At this point, with the bishop seated in splendour on the faldstool, the organ sounded an organ voluntary and we paused to pray before the clock struck six to signal the appointed time of Vespers.
The bishop sings Vespers, seated at the faldstool.
Fr Tim Finigan and Deacon Laurence Hemming seated during Vespers, with the cantors behind them. The psalms were intoned by the bishop and 4 prelates in choir.
The bishop intoning the hymn.
Incensing the High Altar during the Canticle of the Blessed Virgin Mary.
The bishop, the prelates in choir and the clergy and then the laity were all incensed.
The bishop had been vested in the gold mitre but during the Gospel canticle, he had changed into the precious mitre. Here, he is seated before the Collect.
The bishop imparted the blessing from the High Altar.