Saturday, 15 September 2007

High Mass for G F Bodleys 100th anniversary of death, Pendlebury.

Fr Oliver Coss and Fr Phillip Knowles after the Gospel.

Servers process in during the Sanctus.

The recessional.

'Concelebrants' at the recessional.

Fr Peter McEvitt.

Inside the Church.

Our Lady's shrine.

Towards the back of the church.

High Altar and reredos.

Sanctuary and the end of the nave.

All of these pictures, as well as on the next post are very much clearer if you click on them and see them in their original size.

Today I went to a Mass to mark the 100th anniversary of Bodley's death, in by far his greatest creation, St Augustines Pendlebury. We had a very nice time catching up with old friends afterwards and enjoyed the church's hospitality. More on the building in the next post down. The Mass was beautifully sung and I am sure that Bodley himself would have been proud to see his great church used for the worship that he enjoyed once again. The day was attended by Society of Mary members from far and wide. I rather thought that we should have had a solemn requiem for the repose of his soul and have invited all the architects in Manchester so they can see what you get if you build beautiful buildings, rather than the new tower blocks which will so curse our city in thirty years when they disfigure this industrial landscape. But people just thought I was being gloomy. Ho hum.