The second annual pilgrimage in honour of St Margaret Clitherow was held today in St Wilfrid's Church in York.
Bishop Drainey presided from the faldstool & Missa Solemnis was celebrated by Fr Michael Brown, the Northern Chaplain of the LMS. The deacon was Fr John Cahill & sub deacon was Fr Michael Hall. Mgr David Smith was Asst Priest and Fr Stephen Brown was the deacon at the Throne.
The music was provided by The Rudgate Singers & included 'Ecce Sacerdos Magnus' by Victoria as Bishop Drainey arrived, Bruckner's 'Locus Iste' as he vested on the sanctuary and the Ordinary of the Mass was 'Missa Summi et Aeterni sacerdotis' by Ostrowski (b1981)
There were some 200 in the congregation many of whom also processed to English Martyrs Church in York praying at the Margaret Clitherow Shrine in The Shambles and at Ouseburn Bridge, the site of her martyrdom. The public were very respectful as the procession passed.
On arrival at English Martyrs Church the hand of St Margaret was venerated and this was followed by Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament by Bishop Drainey.
It was good that a diocesan bishop is prepared to celebrate the EF of the Roman Rite as requested by Pope Benedict. Also today Bishop Mark Davies of Shrewsbury re-opened SS Peter & Paul Church in New Brighton now in the care of the Institute of Christ the King Sovereign Priest.
With Bishop Malcolm McMahon OP of Nottingham also supporting the EF it seems as if more of our bishops are realising its worth.