Sunday, May 26, 2013

The Archbishop...

...of Southwark celebrated Mass today at Precious Blood Church, London Bridge, and blessed the new Shrine to Blessed John Henry Newman which has just been established in the church. It is a beautiful shrine, with a portrait of Newman (copy of the famous Millais portrait, from the National Portrait gallery), in a side-chapel, on the left as you walk up the main aisle towards the sanctuary.

A glorious Mass with good singing, and a particularly delightful moment when the children from the Sunday school trooped up for a blessing.  Just for a moment, the scene had the look of a painting:  "Sunday in a South London parish", with the line of children two-by-two  at the foot of the  sanctuary steps, and the candles gleaming and the Archbishop bending to bless a child, and the first of this year's sunshine finally managing to show itself through the high windows on this May morning.

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