...which I rather enjoyed. I took some printing to be done, and the rain was just too savage for an immediate journey back, so I enjoyed a mug of coffee and the newspaper while water hurtled down outside the coffee-shop.
St Patrick's, Soho Square, about which I've been writing a feature for a magazine is having a Procession of the Blessed Sacrament through Soho on May 25th - contact the link I've just given for more details. This is a great Catholic tradition and there will be a number of such processions in various parts of Britain in May, but having something in the centre of London seems especially valuable and important...
Tomorrow is ASCENSION DAY and it is absolutely infuriating of our Bishops to have diminished it by announcing that it must be observed on Sunday instead!!
Ascension Day has been observed in our country for over a thousand years. It is a something shared by all Christians - a glorious statement of unity in our common faith. Because it has such a long tradition as a holiday, Elections have traditionally been held on this day. This gave rise to the tradition of always holding elections on a Thursday.
Why chuck this rich tradition, a link with our heritage, an opportunity for united witness?
Of course, like many others, I will be at Mass tomorrow. PLease be there, too. And drop a note to your Bishop pointing out gently that trying to move special feasts to the nearest Sunday has been a flop: WE WANT OUR FEAST-DAYS BACK.