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Friday, September 30, 2016
Festival of Flowers at Liverpool Cathedral
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¬† Liverpool's Metropolitan Cathedral of Christ the King is to be the setting for a spectacular Festival of Flowers and Banners this week. The High Altar and side Chapels are to be adorned with thousands of flowers by dozens of flower arrangers from thirty-three churches from throughout the Archdiocese of Liverpool. The thirty-six displays contain banners which depict the Saints of the churches and the symbols of their titles. Most of the banners have been made by the parishioners themselves and by members of the Cathedral Art studio. The Festival is to be opened by the Right Reverend Thomas Williams, Auxiliary Bishop of Liverpool, at a special Preview Evening on Wednesday 6 September at 6pm. Admission to this is by ticket (£5) available from the Cathedral Office (Tel: 0151 709 9222; Email: enquiries@metcathedral.org) or from the Cathedral Gift Shop (Tel: 0151 707 3525). The Festival is then open to the public on Thursday 7, Friday 8 and Saturday 9 September from 9am to 6pm each day. Admission is by programme (£3) available at the door with free admission for children under 10 if accompanied by an adult. Sister Anthony, Artistic Director at the Cathedral said: "The Cathedral is the Mother Church of the Archdiocese and this Festival will reflect the richness and talent to be found in the parishes. With so many people working and visiting together friendships are renewed and created giving a real sign of the family of the Church. The living flowers reflect our living Church." The programme has been designed so that visitors may simply walk from the Main Entrance following the plan of the Cathedral, with the first display serving as a reminder of the Universal Church as it is at the statue of the Peruvian Saint, Martin de Porres, Patron of the Liverpool Archdiocesan Missionary Project (LAMP) which sends priests to serve in Latin America. Cathedral Dean, Father Anthony O'Brien, said: "The Festival is not just going to be a series of displays, but a celebration of the life and work of people from across the Archdiocese. A rich tapestry of light and colour giving glory to God. I hope that as many people as possible will visit and feel spiritually uplifted as they view the banners and arrangements." Among the parishes taking part are: St Thomas More, Aigburth; Blessed Sacrament, Aintree; Childwall Valley Churches; St Gregory and St Mary, Chorley; St Helen, Crosby; Our Lady, Queen of Martyrs, Croxteth; Our Lady of Compassion, Formby; St Anne, Freshfield; St Margaret Mary, Knotty Ash; St Francis Xavier, Liverpool; St George, Maghull; St Anthony of Padua, Mossley Hill; St Teresa of the Child Jesus, Norris Green; Holy Rosary, Old Roan; Corpus Christi, Rainford; St Aloysius, Roby; St Edmund and St Thomas of Canterbury, Waterloo; St Paul and St Timothy, West Derby; St Aidan, St Cuthbert, St Mary and St John, Wigan and Our Lady of the Annunciation, Bishop Eton, Woolton. Source: Archdiocese of Liverpool
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