|Side Altar reredos at St Wilfrid's, York|
|St Margaret Clitherow, statue carried in procession|
|Side Altar at the Church of the English Martyrs, York|
St Margaret Clitherow was part of this Catholic resistance; she was brave, articulate, independent, and highly organised, as well as extremely pious. It is a great honour to have her, with the Welshman St Richard Gwyn, as a spiritual patron of the Latin Mass Society.
|Procession with a statue of St Margaret Clitherow and the LMS banner,|
showing her and St Richard Gwyn
|Stained glass window, St Wilfrid's|
I was very struck by this window in St Wilfrid's. Each panel depicts a saint who shares a name with a deceased person in whose honour it was clearly given: St Jane Frances Chantal, St Edward the Confessor, and St Rose of Lima. A remarkably cosmopolitan trio of saints. I was wondering whether the connection between the person honoured and the saints was just fortuitous - the person honoured might just happen to have been named Edward or Rose - then I noticed that the window depicting St Jane Frances Chantal was in honour of a Jane Frances Wallis, who was born in 1822. That is too much of a coincidence. Her parents clearly had a devotion to the great mother, widow, foundress and friend of St Francis de Sales, and this connection was remembered a generation later by those who wished to keep her in mind after her death.
May the many saints of the North of England intercede for the Church today!