Bishop Mark O’Toole of Plymouth has established a permanent base for the traditional Latin Mass in Devon.

A Sunday morning Mass in the Extraordinary Form is now being celebrated at St Edward the Confessor in Peverell, Plymouth. It is the first time in decades that the older form of the Mass has had a regular home in the county.

The weekly Mass will be a sung Mass, or Missa cantata. A sung Mass in the old form has not been celebrated at the church for 46 years, according to the Latin Mass Society.

Joseph Shaw, chairman of the LMS, said: “We are very grateful to Bishop O’Toole for making this new provision for the traditional Mass possible, in a previously neglected corner of England.”

The first Extraordinary Form Mass at the parish drew 50 people from all over Devon.

Parishioner Lydia Keogh said afterwards on Facebook: “I will be attending this Mass from now on – very blessed.”

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