Last week-end at Mass Fr. Jonathan highlighted the fact that we are not only family members of our own parishes, but that we belong to the extended diocesan family too. We were all duly encouraged to head up-town to St George’s Cathedral in London to celebrate the inaugural Mass of the Year of Faith with parishioners from across the Southwark diocese. And what a wonderful celebration it was!
It was the first time I experienced such unbelievably beautiful and uplifting music at Mass. The music certainly left no-one with any doubt that we were praising and worshipping God Himself. The choir was second to none, accompanied by an organist, a pianist as well as someone who played the trumpet. The first time ever I have heard a trumpet being played at Mass! What a joy. It added a quality and glow to the celebration that I thought I would only expect to hear in Heaven one day.
We celebrated with forty-nine priests and four bishops, and perhaps a thousand or more fellow Catholics. It was a wonderful occasion marked by many not just in London, but all over the world. Only good things to come from this auspicious year marked by the Church and blessed by the Holy Spirit.
I snuck a quick photo of the stained-glass window on located to the left of the benches we were sitting while the sun shone through. This just added to the already wonderful experience.