Thursday, 14 February 2008
The Cardinal processes from the Cathedral with his four auxiliaries; from the left, Bishop George Stack, Bishop Bernard Longley, Bishop Alan Hopes, Bishop John Arnold. This picture was taken at the funeral of another auxiliary Bishop - James O'Brien - last year.
Posted by Mark Langham at 09:44
Wednesday, 13 February 2008
Cardinal Bourne leaving the Cathedral on 26 May 1918, on a procession of intercession to Our Lady of Lourdes. It was given a particular urgency by World War, then raging. The Cathedral Chronicle paints the scene:
Posted by Mark Langham at 09:01
Friday, 8 February 2008
Thursday, 7 February 2008
We have always been fortunate to have a peaceful oratory within Clergy House; it is a great privilege to have the Blessed Sacrament in a quiet place at the centre of the house. It is also helpful to have a place where priests may celebrate Mass or the Divine Office on their day off, besides being of considerable advantage to elderly or infirm residents.
The crucfix is a large 18th century ivory, of surpassing beauty.Beside the altar is a 17th century Spanish image of Our Lady of the Assumption, serenely beautiful as she is carried on high by cherubs.
The long flowing hair is typical of representations of Our Lady from this epoch.
Posted by Mark Langham at 09:20
Wednesday, 6 February 2008
Again, this year, Fr Christopher set about burning last year's Palms, to create the Ash for today's Masses. The strong wind prevented him from using the terrace (as last year), so he opted for the more sheltered region of the courtyard - whence I spied upon him.
Fr Christopher was aided by Fr Slawek, and David Darby from the Archbishop's House print room. Ash was plentifully created, ensuring that there was plenty available for the large corwds that attended Masses today.
Posted by Mark Langham at 14:44