'A faith that lives, Lord, grant to us this day...'

Autumn Occasions 06:
The Patronal High Mass

Every year on October 6th, the feast day of Saint Faith, the people of her church in Crosby celebrate the Patronal Festival.

At this very special High Mass, we give thanks for the life and witness of St Faith, and remember with gratitude the priests and people who have served our church since its foundation. 

This year saw the usual rich, colourful and varied liturgy that we have enjoyed over many years. The powerful preacher was the Rt Revd John Goddard, Bishop of Burnley, and Fr Neil was joined at the Nave Altar by the usual plethora of priests in concelebration. The music was spectacular: the service was sung to Schubert's  Mass in G, and the choir was joined by visiting soloists Sarah Helsby Hughes (last seen waving the flag at the 'Last Night of the Proms' concert!), treble Keith Orrell, trumpeters Dominic Starkey and  Matthew Hardy and guest conductor James Orrell. The organist was our acting Director of Music, Stephen Hargreaves.

Our photos focus on processions (in, Gospel and out!), as well as scenes during Communion and in the church porch after the service.

To read about Saint Faith click here, and to access a list of other churches in Great Britain and worldwide dedicated to her, follow this link.

Now follow that ... and we did!

The following night saw distinguished operatic soprano Ann-Marie Connors, accompanied by Fr Neil, present a fine programme of songs (by  Schubert, Brahms, Rachmaninov and Tchaikovsky, as well as some more recent Irish favourites) in St Faith's in aid of the Waterloo Partnership. The soloists posed for the camera in the vestry after the concert.

CLICK HERE to read about the work of the Waterloo Partnership, with which we have been associated since its inception.

Reports and pictures: Chris Price

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