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Page 15, 14th July 1939 — CHELSEA PENSIONERS AND TINY TOTS In Procession from St. Thomas More's Home
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CHELSEA PENSIONERS AND TINY TOTS In Procession from St. Thomas More's Home

From a Special Correspondent A wonderful procession way Witnessed through the thoroughfares of Chelsea last Sunday when, on the feast of St. Thomas More, Chelsea's own martyr, and St. John Fisher, the annual Ransom Procession left St. Mary's, Cadogan Street, and made its way along Sloane Street.

There were about 1,000 walking in a very colourful gathering ; the Oratory Cadets in their khaki uniform, the Dagenham Pipers in their kilts, the Grail in their attractive costumes with magnificent flowing banners, and the children.

Among these we noticed sonic 100 or more from Nazareth House, a number from Carlisle Place and others from the Chelsea Parochial schools.

One boy had been chosen to represent St. Thomas More. He was dressed in the robes of the Chancellor of England and surrounded by a group of Altar Servers significant of the days when that great Saint and Catholic layman used to serve Holy Mass in the Old Chelsea Church every day.

The girls were grouped to represent the mysteries of the Holy Rosary, carrying white, red and golden roses.

CHELSEA PENSIONERS' GUARD OF HONOUR Then there were the Children of Mary from various parishes and the statue of Our Blessed Lady bedecked with flowers. Behind the statue walked the Archconfraternity of St. Stephen and some 20 students from the House of Studies at Osterley, and the Guard of Honour, the ChelseaPensioners in their bright On the return to the convent grounds a sermon was preached by the Rev. A. J. Welland, in which he said that the example of St. Thomas More should be an example and an inspiration for all Catholics.

"In diffieult times and almost unsupported, Thomas More had remained steadfast to God and His teaching," he said. " God may not call us to suffer martyrdom in defence of our Holy Faith, but He does most certainly demand that we shall live that Faith."

CADETS SOUND SALUTE Benediction was given by Bishop Myers, and at the moment of the Blessing the salute was sounded by the Oratory Cadets. The music for the hymns in the procession was provided by the brass hand from St. Mary Magdalen's, Mortlake,




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