The Translation of Saint Faith
January 14th is the anniversary of the translation of the relics of St Faith from Agen to Conques in the year 866. January 14th, 2004, saw the blessing of the fine newly-installed statue of Saint Faith in the church that bears her name. Our pictures show scenes from the Pontifical High Mass, celebrated by Bishop Rupert Hoare, Dean of Liverpool Cathedral, assisted by Fr Dennis Smith and Reader Mrs Jackie Parry. The statue was for the first few years of its time with us sited in front of the main body of pews, against a Nave pillar on the south side, close to the entrance to the Lady Chapel: the final picture below shows the view looking past the statue to the 'Rabbit Madonna', with the icon of Saint Faith on the wall behind. More recently, in 2008, it has been moved to a new position at the entrance to the Chaepl of the Cross. The statue, of continental origin, was discovered by Fr Neil Kelley and has been refurbished for its installation; the young Faith is carrying the palm of martyrdom and (we presume) the gospel book. Exact details of the provenance, date and history of the statue remain uncertain at present.

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Photos by Chris Price

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