Liturgical and Spiritual Musings from a Unique City Parish
Monday, 4 July 2011
Ss. Thomas the Apostle and Thomas of Canterbury
On Sunday we kept the feast of the Apostle Thomas. As we are also near to or in the Octave (or perhaps even more tenuously, the orbit) of the Feast of the Translation of the Relics of S. Thomas of Canterbury, we carried our relic of that Saint up to London Bridge, to approximately the site of the chapel of ease dedicated to him that stood on the old London Bridge and lay within the boundaries of the parish of S. Magnus. In the photo above, you can see the procession forming the Churchyard.
The Feretory containing the relic is carried by two Subdeacons
The Procession makes its way up to London Bridge. The Friar whom you can see here is Fr Clark Berge SSF, who is staying in the UK for a conference. The Churchwardens carry their rods of office.
Cardinal Rector, Fr Philip Warner, blesses the former site of the Chapel and sprinkles it with Lustral Water. The antiphons and versicles from one of the offices of the feast were said with the Collect.
Back in the Church, a Churchwarden venerates the relic.