Mass for Pope Benedict XVI: Thursday 28 February 2013

The Most Reverend Patrick Kelly, Archbishop of Liverpool, is to celebrate Mass for Pope Benedict XVI at the moment of the Papal retirement: 7.00 pm (8.00 pm in Rome) this Thursday, 28 February. All will be welcome at the Mass which will be celebrated in the Metropolitan Cathedral of Christ the King, Liverpool.

The Mass will be in thanksgiving for the ministry of Pope Benedict XVI and for the Pope himself as he begins a life dedicated to prayer for the Church. There will be themes from the 2010 Papal Visit to the United Kingdom in the Mass. During that visit Pope Benedict beatified the nineteenth century English Cardinal, John Henry Newman, and Newman’s great hymns ‘Praise to the Holiest’ and ‘Lead kindly Light’ will be included in the music of the Mass.

Archbishop Kelly says: ‘Pope Benedict XVI has been a herald with only one concern; that in the words of John the Baptist: “the Lord must increase and I must decrease”. Therefore in the deepest sense it is no surprise that such a disciple of the Lord, when he discerns that the resources of body and mind are inadequate to fulfil the mission entrusted to him, comes to the clear humble and selfless decision to resign. Our celebration of Mass will give thanks for the gifts which Pope Benedict has brought to the Church.’

The Mass will be one of the last Major public celebrations for Archbishop Kelly as he too approaches retirement following the slight stroke he suffered in December 2012.

All are welcome at the Mass which begins at 7.00 pm this Thursday, 28 February, in the Metropolitan Cathedral of Christ the King, Liverpool.