The annual Civic Mass was celebrated at 11.00 am on Sunday by the Archbishop of Liverpool, the Most Reverend Malcolm McMahon OP, in the Metropolitan Cathedral of Christ the King, Liverpool. The Archbishop preached the sermon. The Right Reverend Paul Bayes, Bishop of Liverpool, also attended.
Among those present was the Lord Mayor of Liverpool, Councillor Erica Kemp CBE, who read the second lesson from the First Letter of St Paul to the Corinthians (10: 31–11:1). In keeping with the wishes of the Lord Mayor, themes running through the Mass centred on volunteering, with different religions working together.
Councillors and Officers of the City of Liverpool and Mayors and representatives of the other Local Authorities within the Archdiocesan boundaries were also in attendance, together with the Lord Lieutenant’s Representative, the High Sheriff and members of the Judiciary, the Consular Corps, the Universities, the Armed Services and other distinguished citizens.
His Honour Judge Clement Goldstone QC, Honorary Recorder of Liverpool, read the first lesson from the Book of Leviticus (13: 1–2, 44–46).
Archbishop Malcolm McMahon had said prior to celebrating his first Civic Mass: ‘My prayer today is that, in the diversity which is the City of Liverpool, we will discover true community: community which comprises all and serves all, where everyone is treated with dignity and respect.’
Prayers were said for all in public office and the judiciary; for volunteers; for those who work in industry, commerce, education and culture; and for those who are deprived or disadvantaged: the sick, the unemployed, the homeless and the poor.
Director of Music, Christopher McElroy, led the Cathedral Choir in the music of the Mass, with the Choir singing the Offertory Motet ‘Let the people praise thee’ by William Matthias and the Communion Motet ‘Panis Angelicus’ by César Franck. Hymns sung included ‘Praise, my soul, the King of heaven’ and ‘Godhead here in hiding’.