Servers in the Cathedral Hall listen attentively to their instructions before the Annual Mass for Altar Servers. With huge numbers of children attending, the plannng of this event has to be meticulous. Sadly, the Cardinal was not able to celebrate the Mass, but his place was ably taken by Bishop Bernard Longley, auxiliary in Westminster.
Below, the servers enter the Cathedral, a never ending file of boys and girls in many and varied robes. The servers come from all parts of the Diocese and beyond - I met groups from Leeds (in the north of England) and Wales.
Below, Bishop Bernard is glimpsed amid the clustered columns of the Baldacchino.