Liverpool: Archbishop Nichols to lead celebration of marriage and family life

Metropolitan Cathedral of Christ the King

Metropolitan Cathedral of Christ the King

During his visit to Liverpool this Sunday, 14 February, The Most Reverend Vincent Nichols, Archbishop of Westminster will lead the annual service to celebrate marriage and family life which takes place in the Metropolitan Cathedral of Christ the King and will preach the homily.  He will be assisted by the Archbishop of Liverpool, The Most Reverend Patrick Kelly.

The celebration which begins at 3.00 pm is an annual event organised by the Pastoral Formation Department.  From 1980 to 1984 Archbishop Nichols was himself responsible for pastoral and religious education courses in the Archdiocese.  The celebration will take the form of Evening Prayer with the Cathedral Choir leading the music.

During the celebration Bibles which were presented to families at last year's service will be passed on to others for use during the coming year.  Children attending the service will present members of the congregation with gifts of roses as a sign that children are themselves a gift to our community.  Those remembered in prayer will be the newly married, those celebrating an anniversary, those experiencing difficulties in their relationships, the widowed, the divorced, the separated and the bereaved and those who struggle with the issues of out time such as unemployment, money worries and time pressures.  There will also be prayers for an increased awareness of marriage and family spirituality.

The service of Choral Evening Prayer begins in the Metropolitan Cathedral at 3pm on Sunday, 14 February, and is open to all.

Source: Archdiocese of Liverpool

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