The Welsh Guards came to help move the feretory of St John Southworth into the middle of the nave, for his feast day tomorrow. As far as I know, this is the first time since he came to the Cathedral in 1930, that his body has been moved. This relic is an indescribably precious treasure of Westminster Cathedral, a wonderful centre of prayer and pilgrimage, and a proud link with the Catholic past of our country.
The shrine is usually in the Chapel of St George and the English martyrs. We considered moving the feretory last year, it proved too heavy for our own maintenance staff. Luckily, Fr Christopher has good army connexions, and called upon the Guards to come to our aid. nnnnnnnnn
The shrine will be decorated with flowers and candles and will remain in the nave until next Monday.