The traffic in Leeds City centre was at a standstill on the morning of July 26th – some of it no doubt heading for the Cathedral as people gathered from across the world to celebrate the Ordination of Marc Homsey. Some of it gathering to listen to an impromptu Gospel concert taking place just off the Headrow.
On a very hot day the Cathedral was full as the Emeritus Archbishop of Leeds Arthur Roche returned to ordain Marc and informed us all that Marc was of Syro-Lebanese background and that many of the people had travelled from across the World to be in the Cathedral that day – in fact he himself is now living in Rome.
The Archbishop welcomed everyone to the Cathedral especially Marc’s family whose Father was the Deacon for the Mass. In his homily the Archbishop took up the theme of the Gospel and pointed out that this day did see the fulfilment of the Gospel passage that was used at the Mass that the things dreamed of by the Prophets had come true and in the ordination of a priest Christ became manifest to mankind.
Marc is to be another Christ – he must have courage and be ready to render an account of all that he does and says in the name of his calling. He is not alone – but must be aware that his vocation is to proclaim the Gospel – and do the work of Christ – this is what he had accepted to do and the Archbishop thanked him for his generosity. At the end of the Ordination Mgr Wilson thanked the Archbishop for doing the Ordination and thanked everyone who took part in what was a ceremony worthy of the Cathedral setting.
Diocese of Leeds