Tuesday, December 05, 2006

The First Hundred Years

Yesterday the neighbouring parish of St Mary Magdalene had a special celebration to mark its first centenary. The Archbishop was unwell but his place was taken by Bishop Paul Hendricks, our local auxiliary bishop. I did wonder whether he would collapse under the weight of the vestments procured for the occasion by the parish priest, Fr Martin Edwards. Everything went well until the end of Mass when the poor bishop almost had his head knocked off as the enormous jewelled mitre hit against the lintil of the sacristy door.

After Mass a new statue of St Mary Magdalene, carved in Roumania, was uncovered and blessed. A champagne reception followed and then the clergy present were treated to dinner at a local restuarant - whether the bishop was able to slip into something more comfortable...

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