Three of the 'flower ladies' working on the displays

The Patronal Festival 2007
Pictures from the colourful High Mass on Friday, October 5th, and the Sung Eucharist
of Dedication and Festal Evensong services on Sunday, October 7th, 2007.

October 6th is the Feast Day of Saint Faith - the day in the Church's calendar when she is especially
remembered by the churches that bear her name. Here at our St Faith's the days surroundiung the feast
have traditionally been marked by special services at which we give thanks for the life of Faith, for the
founding and sustaining of our church and all who have served it over the past century - and dedicated
ourselves to the future as a church and community of Faith.

Our gallery shows something of what took place at each of the three very different services that took place over our
Patronal Festival weekend. First, the traditional and splendid High Mass, where the celebrant and preacher was the
Bishop of Blackburn, the Rt Revd  Nicholas Reade. He was accompanied by the Bishop of the Free State in South Africa,
with whom the Blackburn Diocese is twinned (and whose predecessor, Bishop Tom Stanage, was at one time a curate
at St Faith's). Music at this service was by Palestrina, Mozart and Elgar.

Saint Faith looking her best for the big day

The procession on the way in at the start of the High Mass. Clergy and bishops still in the vestry

The choir head past the font. Stoles and mitres on their way down...

Parish and visiting priests on their way round

Bishop Paddy  of the Free State sweeps past...

The Bishop of Blackburn finishes his figure-of-eight excursion

The last communicant

The choir in full voice. Two of the Usual Suspects have spotted the photographer....

The attendant clerics listen to the choir and soloist Sarah Helsby-Hughes

On the way back down the aisle at the end of the service

Fr Neil poses between the bishops in the church porch

The following Sunday  morning, October 7th, saw the Sung Eucharist of Dedication, at which we were joined by members
of St Mary's congregation. The preacher, making a welcome return visit, was the Revd Denise McDougall,  for many years 
a member of our church, and now on the staff of Christ Church, Waterloo. The  other special feature was the parading of
a home-made banner of St Faith, created in the church hall during the course of the service by members of the Sunday
Schools of the United Benefice.

The Sunday morning Dedication service: reading the Epistle

The Gospel procession: turning to bring the scriptures down into the body of the church

TFr Dennis reads the Gospel in the Nave

The Junior Church children form up at the back with their new banner

A closer look at the banner of St Faith, made that very morning!

In position on the Nave Altar platform

The Revd Denise McDougall looks at the welcome card made for her by the children

Our Patronal weekend was rounded off by a service of Festal Evensong, itself ending with a
procession and the singing of the Te Deum by our choir, who had given sterling service
throughout these memorable days of celebration.

Festal Evensong: the view from the pew into the Sanctuary

Close up on the Director of Music conducting the Te Deum

Go to the Patronal Page index to access previous celebrations

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