Saturday, March 19, 2011

The Annunciation

Friday is the Feast of the Annunciation - the Incarnation, which for me, is a Feast more theologically spectacular than Christmas itself.

Mass at 7.00a.m. at English Martyrs, Alexandra Road South, Manchester.
And at 7.30p.m. at St. Marie's Manchester Road, Bury.

Our regular Masses at both these churches continue and I am always most grateful to Frs. Marlor and Wadsworth.

Following the Annunciation there will be our National Pilgrimage in honour of St. Margaret Clitherow on Saturday 26th. March at YORK MINSTER. Missa Cantata at the high altar (confirmed as being the first time since the Reformation) at 1.30p.m. followed by a procession via the Shambles to the church of the English Martyrs, Dalton Terrace where there there is to be Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament and veneration of the relic of St. Margaret Clitherow which the Bar Convent has generously loaned for the occasion, at 4.00p.m. Originally Benediction was to have taken place in the Bar Convent chapel but it was soon realised that it would not be possible to safely accommodate the numbers expected.

I am now anticipating 2 servers from Middlesbrough, 2 from Leeds, 2 from Salford and 1 from Hexham and Newcastle. The celebrant is Fr. Stephen Maughan who is based in York at English Martyrs.

Please make every effort to attend.

God bess the Pope!