Monday, 19 May 2008

The May Devotions at St Hilda, Prestwich.

The procession wends its way around the church.

Back in the church, before Benediction.

The procession leaving.

Canon Peter McEvitt, who sang the Litany of Our Lady.

Fr Lee taking his cope home to iron before giving it to me.

Father Cook preaching.

The procession forms.

The Image is censed.

And off we go!
We even had a little girl scattering rose petals in front of Our Lady
as she made her stately way around the grounds.

And what a well dressed procession it was.
I was very glad to be able to continue the tradition we began last year
of having four Image-bearers in dalmatics.

Yesterday evening saw the May devotions at Saint Hilda's. As always, it was very well turned out and it was wonderful to meet up with new and old friends, including a few readers of this blog and an officer of the Latin Mass Society! Good morning to you in London, Hyde and Swinton! We began by admitting three new members to the Society of Mary, for this event also functions happily as the North West ward's May Devotions as well. After this there were hymns, readings, a litany, a sermon preached by Fr Cook from St Agnes Toxteth Park, Liverpool before we formed the procession. We processed outside the Church and then back in for Benediction wearing this fine gold solemn Benediction set which Father Lee is going to give me next year as an ordination present. We had the customary after service reception at which the ladies had been working very hard and the wine thankfully did not run dry. Once all was tidied away, I went home with a few select friends for bottles of Leffe and Dr Johnson's Definitive Ale, hence this mornings slightly sore head, which I regret as this is to be a busy, and slightly uncomfortable day. I shall keep you posted tomorrow. Sorry the pictures are in such a strange order, but the thought of doing it all again is too much for this time of the morning. It only remains for me to echo the comment of a lady leaving the Church last night who said 'that was the best May Devotion I have ever been to'.