Saturday 13 February 2010

Decorated for Our Lady's feast

As mentioned in the previous post, last Thursday was the feast of Our Lady of Lourdes, principal patron of the Diocese of Lancaster. Our flower ladies (who will shortly have a bit more time on their hands, as Lent is approaching!) did a fine job decorating a statue of Our Lady of Lourdes, which was placed in the Lady Chapel for the feast. At the end of both Mass and Vespers on Thursday there was a procession to the chapel, where the Litany of Our Lady of Lourdes was said. This small shrine remains in place for those coming to the Cathedral this weekend.

In the evening the Bishop led the Rosary and presided at Vespers. In his homily at Vespers he invited us to ask Our Lady's intercession for the Diocese, for all who are sick, and for priests. You can read the full text of the homily on the diocesan website: click here.