Wednesday 19 September 2007

Bicentenary Pontifical Requiem for the Cardinal Duke of York

Henry Benedict Stuart
Prince and Duke of York
Cardinal-Bishop of Ostia and Velletri
Cardinal-Bishop of Frascati
Dean of the Sacred College of Cardinals
Vice-Chancellor of the Holy Roman Church
Head of the Royal House of Stuart

Solemn Pontifical Requiem
for the Bicentenary of his death


Saturday, 22nd September 2007

Conventual Church of the Sovereign Military and Hospitaller Order of St John of Jerusalem, Rhodes and Malta

The Ordinary of this Requiem Mass is sung in the traditional Roman rite and is set to music by Giovanni Francesco Anerio (1657-1630), a Renaissance composer of the Roman school.

The Sequence, Dies Irae, is sung in chant and polyphony, alternately with the Choir.

Celebrant: The Rt Revd Bernard Longley, Titular Bishop of Zarna, Auxiliary Bishop in Westminster

Assistant Priest: The Revd Andrew Wadsworth, Magistral Chaplain, Sovereign Military Order of Malta

Deacon: The Revd Dr Laurence Hemming

Subdeacon: The Revd Nicholas Schofield

Preacher: The Revd Nicholas Schofield, Hon Roman Catholic Chaplain to the Royal Stuart Society

Master of Ceremonies: Mr Duncan Gallie, Vice-Chancellor, Grand Priory of the Sovereign Military Order of Malta

The Schola is directed by Mr Eoghain Murphy.


Ttony said...

And this Church is where?

The Harlequin King said...

This makes me wish I could live in London. Long live the King.

Do you know if a video of this will be made? Could you make one yourself and put it on YouTube or something like that?

Anonymous said...

i hope he is made a saint someday.

Tribunus said...

Yes, there'll be a video.

The Church is at the Hospital of St John and St Elizabeth in St John's Wood, North London.

Nearest tube: St John's Wood on the Jubliee Line.

Unknown said...

Regrettably the video had to be cancelled at the request of the clergy but photos will shortly be available at

Dr. Peter H. Wright said...

Fascinating post.

Wonderful to see the Cardinal Duke of York remembered on the bicentenary of his death.
I wish I could have been there.

As a young man, I used to live near Frascati, and occasionally drink to the memory of "the king over the water" in the wine of the country.

Father Nicholas posted some magnificent photos of the chapel and the catafalque.

I wonder what they will do with that cardinal's galero.

Many thanks for the post. It must have been a quite splendid occasion.

But I think I would have found it rather poignant.

Tribunus said...

Dear Dr Peter,

Yes, it was an astounding occasion!

The galero was specially made by Fr Bede Rowe PP of St George's, Warminster and he has taken it back to hang in his Church.

The link to photos will be posted on this site soon!

Dr. Peter H. Wright said...

Tribunus, many thanks for your reply.

Yes, Father Nicholas has posted a link to the very fine photos taken by Vernon Quaintance.

I am lost in admiration at Fr. Bede Rowe's ability to make a galero.

I can't think why the cardinal's galero was ever abolished.

I think Cardinal Heenan would have been the last Cardinal Archbishop of Westminster to have received the galero in a consistory, circa 1965.

I imagine it still hangs over his tomb in Westminster Cathedral
(unless they've abolished that custom too).

Well, it was nice to see Pope Benedict wearing the papal galero.

All is not lost.

Many thanks for your blog.
It is hugely enjoyable (and educational).

Peter H.W.

Tribunus said...


Yes, the galero is still over Cardinal Heenan's tomb....

....AND Cardinal Hume insisted on one over his tomb, too!

Funny that - given that they had been "abolished"!

One rule for some, another for others!

Still, it's all back now.

No video alas (sorry, Archbishop 10-k). The bishop was too shy!

Anonymous said...

He ceased being Cardinal-Bishop of Ostia and Velletri when he became Cardinal-Bishop of Frascati. For that reason I suggest that both titles should not be displayed unless all his other cardinatial titles (Cardinal Deacon of S. Maria in Portico, Cardinal Priest of S. Maria in Portico, Cardinal Priest of Ss. XII Apostoli, Cardinal Priest of S. Lorenzo in Damaso) were also displayed.

Tribunus said...

Dear anonymous,

All the authorities that I have read state that Henry was named Cardinal-Bishop with the title of Frascati, July 13, 1761. On January 24, 1763, he was named Vice-Chancellor of the Holy Roman Church, an office he held until his death.

On September 26, 1803, Henry was named Cardinal-Bishop of Ostia and Velletri and he continued to reside in the episcopal palace at Frascati. It was there that he died, July 13, 1807.

He thus retained Ostia until his death and, seemingly, Frascati.

This is not impossible: Cardinal Sodano today holds both Ostia and Albano, another Suburbicarian See.

However, if you have better information, I'd be glad to see it.

Anonymous said...

Dear Tribunus

The reason that Cardinal Sodano holds two titles is that the see of Ostia is conferred on the Dean of the College of Cardinals in addition to his other see. In Sodano's case his original see is Albano.

On 26 September 1803 Giuseppe Maria Cardinal Doria Pamphilj was appointed Cardinal Bishop of Frascati. Cardinal Stuart must, therefore, have relinquished the title even if he continued to live there until his death.

Tribunus said...

Dear anon,

OK fine but that wasn't what you said. You said he relinquished Ostia and Velletri whereas he kept it until his death.

He was also Dean of the Sacred College, by the way. That's why he was given Ostia.

He is famously know for his associations with Frascati so I think a bit of leeway can be given to including that title without having to list every title he ever held.