Feast of the Martyrdom of S.Charles, 30th January
2019 Wednesday 30th January, Banqueting House, Whitehall
11.40am Commemoration of S. Charles’ Martyrdom at the entrance of the Banqueting House
Noon Sung Mass with Veneration of the Relics inside the Banqueting House
Preacher: The Revd Canon Simon Godfrey, Chancellor of S. Paul’s Pro-Cathedral, Valletta
When the 30th January falls on a Sunday it is customary to transfer the observance to the preceding Saturday.
The Society’s relics of S. Charles are placed upon the altar for the Mass and may be venerated and viewed after the service. A choir, usually from King’s College, London sings at the Mass. The Banqueting House is where S. Charles was kept for several hours on the day of his decollation. It is a magnificent setting for the Mass: the architect was Inigo Jones and the ceiling adorned by the great paintings of Rubens.
The Society is very grateful to the Historic Royal Palaces for their permission to hold the Mass. Access to the Banqueting House for the commemoration and Mass is free of charge. The costs of the service are considerable and donations gratefully received. SKCM also provides a bookstall after the Mass when materials are available.
A good description of the commemoration of 30th can be found in Jeremy Paxman’s book, On Royalty (Penguin-Viking 2006) p.142-152