Lent is already under way, and we begin the month with Masses for the First Sunday of the Penitential Season and the Rite of Election of candidates for reception into full communion with the Church.
Archbishop Malcolm has appointed three new members of the Chapter of Canons, Father Sean Kirwin, Father Michael Fitzsimons and Honorary Canon Aidan Prescott, all of whom will be installed at the Chapter Mass on Tuesday 3 March at 12.15 in the Cathedral. Parishioners and friends of the new canons are very welcome to join us and witness them being invested in their Canons’ regalia – not that they will get much chance to wear them again.
Also, that week on Friday 6 March we will be welcoming a visit from Martin Lutyens, grandson of Sir Edwin Lutyens who is chair of the Lutyens Trust and who will give a talk on the work of his grandfather including the Crypt of our Cathedral. The time of this talk is still to be confirmed – please see our website.
Because our diocese has maintained a strong devotion to and remembrance of the life of St Oscar Romero since his martyrdom, we have been offered a small relic, a tiny fraction of his bone that was amputated to try and save his life following the shooting in the Convent chapel in San Salvador. Archbishop Malcolm will preside at a special Choral Evening Prayer to receive the relic on Monday 23 March at 6pm.
The Archbishop will also preside at 11am Mass on Sunday 29 March on the day which the Bishops of England and Wales have designated for the rededication of England to Mary’s Dowry. I am not too sure what that involves but I’m sure that we will receive liturgical instructions in good time.