Thousands of the Faithful visited Leeds Cathedral to venerate and pray in the presence of St Bernadette’s Relics.
The Relics Tour arrived on the evening of Monday 3 October, and the Bishop celebrated Mass in the Cathedral packed to capacity, with more people entering at the end of Mass.
A similar number visited the following day, with an estimated total of more than 3,000 pilgrims, including hundreds of young people from our Catholic schools – and many people of other Christian denominations – attended the Masses, Torchlight Procession, Anointings of the Sick, and Benediction before St Bernadette’s Relics were driven on to the next destination: St Marie’s Cathedral in Sheffield, in our neighbouring Diocese of Hallam.
Director of the Diocesan Pilgrimage to Lourdes Fr Phillip Hall said: ‘So many people coming for sacramental healing; it is God’s great gift of compassion! My hope is that the legacy of the relic tour will sow seeds of renewal and bring us to a joyous place of worship as a Church.’
Photographs above from 4 October; the pictures taken by Patrick Sice on 3 October will be available to view and purchase shortly …
Please follow the link to Julia Bryson of BBC North’s excellent feature for BBC Online, featuring the Dean Canon Matthew Habron, one of the students and the Lay Chaplain from All Saints’ Catholic College in Huddersfield, and one of our Religious Sisters … https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-leeds-63131525