Archbishop of Liverpool Malcolm McMahon presided over the ordinations for the FSSP in Warrington

Ordinations in the Extraordinary Form of the Roman Rite took place in England for the first time in decades on Saturday.

Archbishop of Liverpool Malcolm McMahon presided over the ordinations of Alex Stewart and Krzysztof Sanetra to the Priesthood at St Mary’s Shrine Church, Warrington.

The two priests were ordained for the Priestly Fraternity of St Peter (FSSP), a clerical society of apostolic life that exclusively uses the pre-1962 rite.

Writing for the Catholic Herald in September 2016, Fr Armand de Malleray, superior of the FSSP in England and Wales, said: “St Mary’s Shrine Church is a fitting place for the ceremony, due to its beautiful Pugin design and because Archbishop McMahon has established it as ‘a centre for the celebration of the Extraordinary Form of Mass and the sacraments’.”

Archbishop of Liverpool Malcolm McMahon processes into St Mary’s Church, Warrington (John Aron/FSSP England)

The ordinands wait for Mass to begin (John Aron/FSSP England)

Archbishop of Liverpool Malcolm McMahon prays before the beginning of Mass (John Aron/FSSP England)

The archbishop enters the sanctuary (John Aron/FSSP England)

The archbishop is vested for Mass (John Aron/FSSP England)

Archbishop of Liverpool Malcolm McMahon before the start of Mass (John Aron/FSSP England)

Prayers at the foot of the altar (John Aron/FSSP England)

Censing the altar (John Aron/FSSP England)

The archbishop censes the altar (John Aron/FSSP England)

A lady wears a mantilla (John Aron/FSSP England)

The gathered clergy (John Aron/FSSP England)

The subdeacon sings the Epistle (John Aron/FSSP England)

Archbishop of Liverpool Malcolm McMahon reads the sermon (John Aron/FSSP England)

The ordinands kneel the the start of the ordination rite (John Aron/FSSP England)

The ordinands prostrate themselves as the clergy and congregation sing the Litany of the Saints (John Aron/FSSP England)

Archbishop of Liverpool Malcolm McMahon kneels during the Litany of the Saints (John Aron/FSSP England)

The ordinands lie prostrate (John Aron/FSSP England)

The archbishop places his hands on the head of each ordinand (John Aron/FSSP England)

All priests present place their hands on the ordinands (John Aron/FSSP England)

The clergy keep their right hands extended over the ordinands (John Aron/FSSP England)

The new priests are vested in chasubles, which remain folded at the back (John Aron/FSSP England)

The new priests kneel before the altar (John Aron/FSSP England)

After having their palms anointed, the new priests’ hands are bound together with a linen cloth (John Aron/FSSP England)

Assistant clergy (John Aron/FSSP England)

The reading of the Gospel (John Aron/FSSP England)

The newly-ordained priests hold candles that they then present to the archbishop at the start of the Offertory (John Aron/FSSP England)

The new priests kneel before the altar (John Aron/FSSP England)

Bishop of Shrewsbury Mark Davies sits in choir (John Aron/FSSP England)

The Consecration (John Aron/FSSP England)

The archbishop makes the sign of peace (John Aron/FSSP England)

“Ecce Agnus Dei” (John Aron/FSSP England)

The archbishop places his hands on the new priests once more as they profess obedience (John Aron/FSSP England)

The new priests’ chasubles are unfolded (John Aron/FSSP England)

The Archbishop of Liverpool imparts a final blessing (John Aron/FSSP England)

The clergy kneel before the altar (John Aron/FSSP England)

The newly-ordained Fr Alex Stewart and Fr Krzysztof Sanetra (John Aron/FSSP England)

Archbishop of Liverpool Malcolm McMahon processes out of St Mary’s Church, Warrington (John Aron/FSSP England)

The clergy gather after the ordinations (John Aron/FSSP England)

Fr Alex Stewart offers First Blessings (John Aron/FSSP England)

Fr Krzysztof Sanetra offers First Blessings (John Aron/FSSP England)