Catholic Church re-enters Henry VIII’s chapel after 150 years

Catholic Church re-enters Henry VIII’s chapel after 150 years

HenryVIII_3036527bThe Chapel Royal at Hampton Court Palace would be a silent witness for a historical Mass which would be taking place after 1550. It took 150 years for a Roman Catholic Service to take place in the chapel.

Archbishop of Westminster Cardinal Nichols would celebrate Vespers and the Bishop of London, Dean of the Chapel Royal, would preach in Henry VIII’s chapel. The chapel was built by Cardinal Thomas Wolsey in the early 16th century.

The reason for the breaking up with the Catholic Church and forming Church of England was based on the selfish intentions of Henry VIII. Henry VIII was not faithful in keeping up his annulment with Catherine of Aragon. He wished to marry another woman. But the Church prohibited him from marrying. The result was the birth of a new Church, the Church of England. Henry had again married five other women after divorcing Catherine.

The vespers offering would be dedicated to St John the Baptist. The music for the service would be performed by Harry Christophers and his band, the Sixteen and Genesis Sixteen.