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The London Oratory, London

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The Church of the Immaculate Heart of Mary, or as named in its Grade II* architectural listing, The Oratory, is a large neo-classical Roman Catholic church in Brompton, London. It is traditionally known as Brompton Oratory, which distinguishes it as a church rather than its connected clergy and religious community. The church is closely connected with the London Oratory School, a boys' school founded by the priests from London Oratory. Its priests celebrate Mass daily in the two main forms, frequently conduct ceremonies for well-known people, as it works as an extra-parochial church, and two of its three choirs have published physical copy and digital audio albums.SiteThe church is on the A4 where it becomes Brompton Road, next to the Victoria and Albert Museum, where the street briefly becomes Thurloe Place and Cromwell Gardens but after that neighbouring museum the road becomes Cromwell Road which gradually widens via the Hammersmith Flyover into the M4. The A308 road starts opposite the building which takes up the name Brompton Road. It therefore marks an important junction.
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  • The very plain front of this building gives no clue to the stunning interior. Very high ceilings with skylight domes and some stunning stone masonry. Situated just past the V&A Museum, this is worth a...  more »
  • I am speechless. Was blessed to have been led to celebrate the Latin mass on Saints Peter and Paul's feast day when I actually made it for the '6pm' mass - according to the website and not knowing it ...  more »
  • This beautiful Catholic Church should rank among the top churches in London. Its history and beauty is impressive and awe inspiring. Inside, it is truly magnificent and a place of peace and tranquilit...  more »
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  • Most amazing and beautiful church I have ever been in. Absolutely massive and so tall to the ceiling. It is incredible. Which is why it is such a shame that there is no photos or video allowed ever. I think they could add a few hours a day for tourists to come and take pictures. Because of this being a non touristy place there was barely any people there which was nice.
  • We went to sung Latin Mass here in this beautiful Italianate church, built in the 19th century. Well worth a visit even if you aren't religious.
  • Beautiful Roman Catholic church. Exquisite art and fine architecture with a uniquely dignified atmosphere. Very peaceful to just quietly admire everything around.
  • Possibly the most beautiful Roman Catholic churches in the UK. Mass is said several times a day both in the old and new rite mainly in Latin which is such a special experience. The 9am Sunday Mass is said in the Extraordinary Form and the 11am Sunday Mass is fully sung and again in Latin. They hold excellent lectures and talks along with discussion groups, lessons and a range of volunteering opportunities such as helping the homeless or elderly. Don't forget to check out the shop just outside the church for a selection of books etc.
  • This is one of the most beautiful places on Earth. The Holy Sacrifice of the Mass is celebrated in both the Novus Ordo and the Tridentine rites - both rites with utter dignity and solemnity, and as far as I can tell, no liturgical abuses as can be found in most Catholic churches nowadays. This is the church where I was received back into the Catholic Church after being lapsed for over a decade. Even my non-believer friends and relatives can attest to the power and majesty of this place and the manner in which the Sacred Mysteries are celebrated here.

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