Westminster Lourdes Mass

This Saturday, Westminster Cathedral packed out to celebrate the 22nd World Day of the Sick and the Feast of Our Lady of Lourdes.

Cardinal Vincent Nichols at Westminster Cathedral
Cardinal Vincent Nichols at Westminster Cathedral

The soon-to-be Cardinal Archbishop Vincent Nichols presided, along with Bishops John Arnold and John Sherrington, as well as other priests from the Diocese. Our Westminster Redcaps did themselves and the Diocese proud, sporting their distinctive red tabards and big smiles, assisting people to their seats, supplying candles and leaflets, moving furniture, carrying banners in the processions, assisting the priests with anointing and Holy Communion and generally adding that tangible feeling of service in love.

“By virtue of our Baptism, we are called to conform ourselves to Christ, who is the Good Samaritan for all who suffer… When we draw near with tenderness and love to those in need of care, we can bring hope and God’s smile to the contradictions of the world”.

Pope Francis’ letter for the 22nd World Day of the Sick 2014.

The cathedral was filled with noise, colour and light as everyone joined in the entrance hymn of ‘Ave Maria’, with their candles raised to Our Mother as a procession of banners and priests opened the Mass. The Archbishop spoke in his homily of faith in God, and the joy that comes from the knowledge that we are loved by God and that it is this gift of faith that makes us more human. He also spoke of the power of Mary’s intercession, and reminds us that she stands at our side, just as she placed herself at the foot of the cross. The celebration also included the Liturgy of the Anointing of the Sick and many pilgrims were able to participate in this sacrament. The whole Mass was both beautiful and joyful.

The Diocese of Westminster participates in a pilgrimage to Lourdes every year in July. Young people from across the diocese volunteer to support the sick and elderly on their pilgrimage. For more information please email youth@rcdow.org.uk.

Our Lady of Lourdes – Pray for us!