Our Lady of the Taper begins pilgrimage to the Pope

15/09/2010 7:30 pm

Statue of Our Lady of the Taper

A special evening of prayer is underway at Clifton Cathedral on the eve of the Holy Father’s historic visit to the United Kingdom. The evening sees the local Catholic community in the west of England host the statue of Our Lady of the Taper on pilgrimage to the Holy Father in London.

Clifton's Director of Adult Education and Evangelisation Father Christopher Whitehead is one of the organisers of the unique event. He told “Pope Benedict XVI arrives on Thursday 16 September to begin a four day visit to the United Kingdom. Although he is not visiting Wales during these four days he will, however, be conscious of the people of Wales most notably through the presence of the statue of Our Lady of the Taper from the National Shrine of Cardigan at the Mass at Westminster Cathedral.

“The statue is being transported to London on Thursday 16 September and we, as a diocese, are in a fortunate position to be able to welcome the statue of Our Lady into our Cathedral on Wednesday 15 September. There will be a celebration of Evening Prayer at 7pm beginning with a Service of Light. After Evening Prayer there will be a Vigil of Prayer and the Cathedral will remain open until 10pm.

“The focus of our coming together will be to pray for the Holy Father and his visit to our country.

“Invite you take part in this Vigil of Prayer on the eve of the Holy Father’s arrival. It would be wonderful if every parish in our diocese sends a delegation of parishioners to be at this Vigil of Prayer with Bishop Declan Lang and Bishop Tom Burns of Menevia - the home diocese of Our Lady of the Taper.

“The many young people taking part in the Hyde Park Prayer Vigil will also be taking part in our special evening of prayers.

“This is a wonderful start to the papal visit."