Tuesday, 8 January 2013

Relics at Birmingham day 1 (1)

St Chad's Cathedral Birmingham January 8th

The twin spires of St Chad's cathedral welcomed the relic of Don Bosco with great warmth and organisation. The relics arrived quietly overnight and the doors opened at 9am to welcome seventeen school groups from the Midlands and from as far away as Sheffield for this historic visit of the saint of youth.

The diocesan youth team organised a range of activities and Don Bosco's own order, the Salesians, organised a pilgrim experience which has travelled from Scotland via Liverpool to Birmingham with the casket.

The casket contains the remains of Don Bosco's right hand within a full size 5' 4”replica of his body in a glass coffin.

In the morning Archbishop Bernard Longley celebrated mass to welcome the relics in a full church with music by Edwin Fawcett and the cathedral team.

In the homily Fr Martin Coyle SDB, the provincial of the Salesians in Great Britain encouraged the congregation to smile at one another for 5 seconds. That, he said was part of Don Bosco's wisdom that made holiness consist in being cheerful.

More to follow