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Midnight Mass 2014 celebrated by the Bishop of Leeds

Midnight Mass 2014 celebrated by the Bishop of Leeds

After two long years the Cathedral Church of St Anne at last had a Bishop of its own to gather around and celebrate the Birth of Jesus.

Most people were there early and in their places for the Carols Service that proceeded the main celebration and soon the Church was full with a range of people of all ages and just about most Nationalities. By the time Mass was due to start it was ‘standing room only' - this point the Bishop noticed and apologised at the start that people had to stand in their Cathedral - inconvenient as it was it did not seem to be any trouble to the people who were left standing.

The celebration started with the singing of the introit...Dominus dixit. As the procession made its way to the crib there the Bishop did the formal blessing before proceeding to the high altar as all present sang out the Adeste Fideles led by the choir, who as usual set the standard for the whole celebration with their musical contribution.

The Bishop preaching from the lectern said how pleased he was to be celebrating this Christmas with the people of the Diocese - because he said this first Christmas - no matter where he has been in his 26 years of ministry - has always been the point at which he feels accepted and the family is formed. So he thanked everyone for coming and look to the future. Christmas is the celebration of hope - it is hope for everyone but especially the poor - the message first came to poor shepherds - Be not afraid - Jesus wishes to be born in his people there is a new light.

At the end of the Mass the Bishop thanked all those who had taken part and wished everyone a Happy Christmas.