Catholics from across the Archdiocese of Liverpool will join others from throughout England and Wales to celebrate the day of the Inauguration of Pope Francis on Tuesday 19 March 2013.
The Mass of Inauguration will take place at 8.30 am (9.30 am in Rome) and the same evening, the Most Reverend Patrick Kelly, Archbishop Emeritus of Liverpool, will celebrate a Mass of Thanksgiving at 5.15 pm in the Metropolitan Cathedral of Christ the King.
Archbishop Emeritus Patrick says: ‘Since the election of Pope Francis I have seen faces radiant with joy and gladness with a feeling we know him already. Many who are not Roman Catholics have also expressed their joy and gratitude. As the prophet Ezra proclaimed: "do not be grieved for the joy of the Lord is your strength." At this time it is truly right and just to give thanks to God.’
The Mass which is open to all will be something of a double celebration as 19 March is the Feast of St Joseph, one of the Patron Saints of the Archdiocese of Liverpool. The Mass will open with Durufle’s setting of the great Papal anthem ‘Tu es Petrus’ (‘You are Peter’) in honour of Pope Francis and the music will continue with Palestrina’s ‘Gloria’ from the ‘Missa Brevis’; Durufle’s ‘Tantum Ergo’ and a Gregorian Chant Mass setting. The hymn after Communion will be ‘Dear St Joseph’ in honour of the Feast.
Nationally the Bishops’ Conference of England and Wales is encouraging Catholics to make ‘Tuesday 19 March - a day to share the joy of our faith’. Bishop Kieran Conry, the Bishop of Arundel and Brighton, who oversees the work of evangelisation for the Bishops’ Conference says, ‘During the last few days we have seen expressions of hope and joy shared across the world at the news of the election of Pope Francis. On the day of his inauguration please do consider ways in which you can make Christian joy visible wherever you might find yourself: at home, work or elsewhere.’
All are welcome to give thanks as the Papacy of Pope Francis begins. The Mass in the Metropolitan Cathedral of Christ the King on Tuesday 19 March 2013 begins at 5.15 pm.