The Dome of Home

The following short film explores the Shrine church of Ss Peter, Paul and Philomena, on the Wirral. In it Canon Montjean, the rector of the Shrine, discusses aspects of the Extrordinary Form of the liturgy, as well as showing the viewer some of the features of the church.

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2 Responses to The Dome of Home

  1. Frere Rabit says:

    This is a quite remarkable documentary and an inspiring testimony to the orthodox renewal taking place in this church. I love the way the monstrance is cranked up with a piece of 19th century liturgical engineering I have never seen before!

    When I was an Anglican Franciscan novice in Liverpool in the 1980s, I would sometimes take the ferry across the Mersey on my occasional recreation day, and walk up the estuary then along the seafront and up to this church. The door was always closed. It is lovely to see, after all these years, what it looks like inside.

    But one more observation. In the 1980s it was common for Catholics to come up to us Anglican Franciscans in the street and say, “How good it is to see a Catholic religious in habit again.” It was so rare in those times. Of course, we had to disillusion them and say, “Sorry, but I am an Anglican religious…” The disappointment was always instant but quietly polite.

    In my time in Liverpool we saw the SSPX set up shop in 1989 in an old nonconformist chapel in Edge Lane, just five minutes walk away from Stanley Road where our friary was located, but it never attracted local people, only the eclectic seekers after tradition from far away.

    I am so glad to see that visible orthodoxy is now available in the Shrine church of Ss Peter, Paul and Philomena, to those Catholics who longed to see its return.



  2. golden chersonnese says:

    Quite related to Brother Lapin’s sentiments above and good for a giggle is this recent blog by Bad Catholic:


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