CATHOLIC clergy will be asked to take part in a pre-Tridentine Mass in Portsmouth 4nglican Cathedral for a sailor of Henry VIII's ship the Mary Rose, who will be buried on July 19.
Discussions have been going on between the administrator of the Catholic Cathedral, Canon Peter Doyle and the Provost of Portsmouth, the Very Rev David Stancliffe, who has decided to hold a Mass of the Sarum rite, partly in English and partly in Latin.
The Mary Rose sank in 1545 when Henry VIII had broken with Rome but before the liturgy had been changed beyond having lessons and some prayers read in English. The Sarum rite is very similar to the Tridentine rite of Mass which replaced it It is not yet known which Catholic clergy will be able to take part nor how far they can participate in the Mass. The Provost intends it as an ecumenical exercise as well as the most suitable way of honouring the dead of the Mary Rose.
Music at the Mass will be by John Taverner who died in the same year that the ship sunk.
Remains of about 200 men were found in the wreck out of almost 700 who drowned when it went down. Only one skeleton will be buried in the Cathedral, other bones being buried at the Royal Naval Hospital, Haslar.