Thursday, May 08, 2014

LMS Pilgrimage in honour of St Chad, 17th May

For the first time, the Latin Mass Society is organising a pilgrimage to the Shrine of St Chad, which is in the Cathedral - St Chad's - of the Archdiocese of Birmingham. His relics were preserved at the Reformation and are housed there.

It takes place at St Chad's Cathedral, Birmingham, St Chads Queensway, Birmingham B4 6EU, on 17th May 2014.

Mass will be said 12 noon; bring your own lunch, which will be followed by devotions finishing with Benediction at 3pm.

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St Chad was, after various adventures, the apostle of Mercia, the Saxon ancient kingdom of the Midlands, stretching from East Anglia to the Welsh border which gave it its name. He established his episcopal see at Lichfield. He has two feast days: on 2nd March, and the Translation of his Relics, which falls on the Tuesday of the 4th Week after Easter - only in the Extraordinary Form, and only in the Archdiocese of Birmingham. It is this feast which we are marking, on the nearest Saturday.

This year annoyingly it clashes with the LMS Pilgrimage to West Grinstead, where Mass will be celebrated by Bishop Athanasius Schneider. Readers in England will have to choose which one to attend!

St Chad's Cathedral is very much worth a visit: it is one of only two minor basilicas in England, the other being Downside Abbey. It was designed by A.W. Pugin and consecrated in 1841.

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