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Bishop leads procession in York in honour of martyr

Bishop Drainey leads Latin Mass Society procession through York in honour of St Margaret Clitherow

By on Tuesday, 3 April 2012

LMS members process through the streets of York (Photo: Andrew Sheffield)

LMS members process through the streets of York (Photo: Andrew Sheffield)

Bishop Terence Drainey of Middlesbrough led a procession through the streets of York, as part of the Latin Mass Society’s second annual pilgrimage to the city in honour of St Margaret Clitherow on Saturday, March 24.

This followed a Solemn Mass in the Extraordinary Form at St Wilfrid’s church at which Bishop Drainey had presided at the Faldstool. The Mass attracted pilgrims from across England and Wales and overseas.

The music was provided by the Rudgate Singers who sang a Mass setting by contemporary composer Jeffrey Ostrowski and pieces by Victoria, Bruckner and Scarlatti.

During the Mass, the bishop preached on the danger posed in contemporary society by moral relativism.

He said: “This relativism seems to permeate our world today to such an extent that it is part of the cultural and societal air that we breathe. If we are not on our guard it will taint us and affect us. It is an evil about which our Holy Father, Pope Benedict has spoken on many occasions.”

He went on to say that this was nothing new and, indeed, Blessed John Henry Newman had spoken nearly two centuries ago about the dangers to the faith posed by religious indifferentism.

After Mass, Bishop Drainey led the procession through the narrow streets of the city, as pilgrims prayed the rosary.

Passing St Margaret Clitherow’s house and her shrine in the Shambles, the line of people crossed Ouse Bridge, where the bishop drew attention to the site of St Margaret’s martyrdom, now marked by a plaque. The procession reached the Church of the English Martyrs where Solemn Benediction was celebrated. A relic of St Margaret’s hand, which was kindly lent by the Sisters at the Bar Convent, was exposed.

Mike Lord, general manager of the LMS, said: “The pilgrimage was an important witness to the Catholic Faith in times when our religion is once again under attack. This was brought home by some of the negative comments made from the crowd as the procession made its way through York’s city centre. We were delighted that Bishop Drainey was able to join.”

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  • Raynermichele

    What a beautiful devotion to Saint Margaret I pray that more devotional processions grace our streets throughout the UK – like our sisters and brothers in Spain, Italy, Greece…it is grace, andhat is missing love of Christ, Our Lady and the devotion of our Saints and Martys  is missing in our fractured society. I am so proud to be a devout Catholic, God Bless You All this easter

  • Petecrampton

    The idea that religion and faith be afforded any tolerance or acceptance in the 21st century is absolutely staggering. If you want to believe in your fairy tales then please do it out of the publics eye and certainly don’t try and get your beliefs (usually the ones pertaining to abortion and gay rights) on the table. It would be a sad time for this country when we start taking policy advice from the insane.

  • 676aldhelmstown710

    Dear Peter, I am sorry that you cannot see the truth,  when a spear was thrust into Christ’s side blood, pus and water was produced. There was no need to brake Christ’s legs to hasten death as he was already dead. Jesus when he was taken down from that cross was a dead man. Three days later on that first Easter morning the man that Mary Magdalene saw was the risen Lord Jesus, not some half dead Zombie but a powerful person, the living son of God. People say that religions cause war , in fact wars are caused because we live in a broken world. You might as well say that as there are a lot of sick people in hospitals you should close down hospitals. God’s love is everlasting and is given out for all including you Peter. When Jesus was asked which of the commandments was the most important Jesus replied ” that you should love the Lord your God with all your heart mind and soul and that you should love your neighbour as yourself. For the record I am a member of the Church of England and I fully believe in the confession of faith as expressed in the creeds. For me, God, Jesus, Mary and Joseph are real, as real as the hand in front of my face and not a fairy story.