September at the Cathedral

By Canon Anthony O'Brien

Following an eventful summer of Jubilee events the pace of life at the Cathedral starts to quicken with the onset of September.

The Liverpool Heritage Days are on the weekend 9 and 10 September, when the Cathedral Art Studio will be open to the public from 10am until 3pm. There will be the opportunity to view the vestment and banner work in the Art Studio and to speak to some of the volunteers and coordinators involved in creating them. The exhibition on the Architectural Design Competition for the Cathedral is also still on public view in the Cathedral entrance. Meanwhile our Annual Cathedral Community Mass to mark the beginning of the new term is on Sunday 10 September from 11am.
The Sixteen choral ensemble will be performing religious music by Palestrina and Poulenc at the Cathedral on Friday 22 September as part of their National Pilgrimage Tour. Following this, on 24 September, BBC Radio Four will be broadcasting a Service of Choral Morning Prayer from the Cathedral in commemoration of the hundredth anniversary of the birth of Blessed Óscar Romero with the homily given by Bishop John Rawsthorne. This will be broadcast live following the 8am news on Radio Four.
Looking ahead, we will be having the visit of the Pilgrim Statue of Our Lady of Fatima on 6 and 7 October. The statue will arrive at 2pm on the Friday afternoon, accompanied by the opportunity for prayer and Marian devotions leading up to evening Mass at 7pm. Archbishop Malcolm will preside. Following the evening Mass the relics of Saints Francisco and Jacinta will be available for veneration. The next day, the Feast of the Holy Rosary, there will be a public recitation of the rosary from 11am followed by Mass and a farewell procession at midday.