Celebrations at New Brighton

After Mass today one of my altar servers gave me a slice of cake that he had brought back from the celebrations at New Brighton yesterday for the opening of the shrine of St Peter and St Paul and St Philomena. The family travelled up, starting at a frightfully early hour, but they all seemed full of energy this morning. defénde nos in proélio has an account with photos: Dome of Home: Beacon of Hope. I like the above photo because it puts the gathering of clergy firmly into the context of the place of worship, centred on Christ. The human presence is rightly small in proportion to the sanctuary and the altar.

My good friend Fr Simon Henry was also there and has a report at his blog with some more great photos. See: Mass today. Here is one of Bishop Davies and sacred ministers:

Here is a video posted by Fr Henry, with part of Bishop Davies' sermon:

and here is a link to the full text of the sermon.

Congratulations to the Institute of Christ the King, Sovereign Priest, to the people of New Brighton and the Wirral, and to Bishop Davies and the Diocese of Shrewsbury.

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