Sunday, 16 March 2008

Palm Sunday at Saint Hildas Prestwich.

Would you buy a second hand car from these three?

Down the path and into the Church.

Which, it has to be said, looked splendid.

The Angelus at the end of Mass.

We had a lucky dry morning today, in between the rain and storms of recent weeks, so were able to begin the Mass outside in the schoolyard and then process along Whittaker Lane into the Church. Mass was suspiciously well attended, so there is some worry about turnouts for the Holy Week services. We traditionally do well on Good Friday and Easter Sunday usually requires extra chairs. Maundy Thursday is usually well turned out and we have an adequate watch and a dozen or so for compline at midnight, but Holy Saturday attracts a hardcore of about thirty to forty for the ceremonies, which is not bad all things considered and especially considering the excellent turnout the day after. Anyhow, for the time being, and I am not as concerned about numbers as I should be, rather having one person who comes to praise God than ten who come for the sights and to catch up with the neighbours, we had a fine day, the High Mass set looked lovely and a few people who we inherited from St Benedicts were very pleased to see 'their' cope again. I hope that we have a good turnout for tonights stations and that we continue to walk in the light of the new day which was begun for us two thousand and eight years ago next Sunday.