St Mary's

St Mary's Roman Catholic Church


Jesus Carried to the Streets in Hexham

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In response to the recent terror attacks in Manchester and London, Fr Christopher Warren organised a day of prayer for peace. This coincided with the Solemnity of Corpus Christi.

Following the Sunday morning Mass at Saint Mary’s, the Blessed Sacrament was exposed until late in the afternoon.

Throughout the day, many parishioners called in to pray before the Blessed Sacrament following an invitation by Reverend Martin Bell who had preached during the Mass.

Later in the afternoon, almost one hundred parishioners, young and old, gathered in glorious sunshine for a procession with the Blessed Sacrament from Church to the garden of Carntyne, the Sisters of Mercy Rest Home. Children who recently received their First Holy Communion strewed literally thousands of rose petals before the Blessed Sacrament and passers-by slowed down and watched as the procession led by Fr Christopher carrying the Blessed Sacrament under the canopy made its way. Once in the garden, a reading from Saint Luke’s Gospel and a time of adoration was a welcome pause in the heat. The procession ended back in Saint Mary’s where Benediction was given.

During the prayers the victims of the Grenfell Tower blaze were also remembered.

A copy of some memories of this event is available here.