Patronal Pageantry 2008

The first page of images of the splendid service on the night of October 6th,
the Feast Day of Saint Faith, patron of our church.

The Preacher was the Right Reverend Hugh Allan, (O.Praem,) Prior Administrator of the Norbertine Canons (the Order of Prémontré) in Manchester.
The Abbey Church in Conques is served by members of the Order of Prémontré (Premonstratensians). Also present were a panoply of priests and vistors from near and far.
The augmented choir, in fine voice, sang parts of  Louis Vierne's Messe Solonelle, and were accomnpanied by two visiting organists, and directed by Sam Austin, our Director of Music.
After the well-attended service, the traditional food and wine were ingested in the Church Hall.

                                                                                                      Before the service, three servers share a joke                                                    The statue of Saint Faith decked out with extra candles for the occasion

                                                                  The celebrant brings up the rear at the entry procession                                               Through a glass darkly: visiting Readers in the Choirstalls

                                   Singing the Vierne Mass: the Director of Music conducts the choir                                                                                                                                            The choir in close-up

       The Gospel is read amongst the congregation                                                                The preacher delivering the sermon. A hilarious true story featured!

                                                                                                                                At the beginning of the Prayer of Thanksgiving                                                                                                               Solitary Swinger!

                                                                       The moment of consecration                                                                                                                           Communion is given to the altar servers and the lay administrators

Words and photos: Chris Price

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