From Our Own Correspondent
The torchlight procession, the Blessed Sacrament procesison, the individual blessing of the sick and infirm, together with the singing of the traditional Lourdes hymns, and the invocations repeated by the people gave to a crowded congregation the spirit and feeling of a real pilgrimage in the Cathedral at Portsmouth on Friday last, the Feast of Our Lady of Lourdes.
The Lourdes service organised by Canon Burrell, Administrator, was a marked success, and gave proof of the faith Catholics still retain in the miracles of Lourdes and devotion to Our Lady. Preceded by the Rosary the torchlight procession was a replica of the real thing with clergy and laity bearing votive candles complete in correct shades in a darkened church.
This was followed by a short sermon, the singing of the Credo by the whole congregation and followed by a procession of the Blessed Sacrament, the invocations for the sick and individual blessing of those who came in invalid chairs or who were in some way sick or afflicted.