Feasting our Patron 2015

Unusually, the principal celebration of our patron, Saint Faith, Virgin and Martyr, was held not on her actual Feast Day (October 6th)
but on the following Sunday, within the Octave, to accommodate our episcopal guest.
Our elevated (in both senses of the word!) celebrant and preacher was Phillip North, Bishop of Burnley.
The gallery shows highlights of the colourful High Mass in church (with liberal sprinkling)and th suseqnet jollifications in the church hall,
where, as ever, a Good Time was had by All, even unto the washing up afterwards.




In our day of thanksgiving one psalm let us offer 
For the saints who before us have found their reward; 
When the shadow of death fell upon them, we sorrowed, 
But now we rejoice that they rest in the Lord.

In the morning of life, and at noon and at even, 
He called them away from our worship below; 
But not till his love at the font and the altar 
Had girt them with grace for the way they should go.

These stones that have echoed their praises are holy, 
And dear is the ground where their feet have once trod; 
Yet here they confessed they were strangers and pilgrims 
And still they were seeking the city of God.

Sing praise then, for all who here sought and here found him, 
Whose journey is ended, whose perils are past; 
They believed in the light, and its glory is round them 
Where the clouds of earth‘s sorrows are lifted at last.

Patronals of the past