Six Cardinals in the stadium procession
PONTIFICAL High Mass will be celebrated in the afternoon in the arena of Wembley Stadium on Sunday, October 1, the final day of the Hierarchy Centenary Congress.
It is officially announced that all those present at this Mass will fulfil their Sunday obligation. Holy Communion, however, will not be distributed.
The altar will be erected overnight and will be covered with a specially-designed awning that will enable the altar to be seen
from all parts of the stadium.
At 3.30 p.m. the tens of thousands of people assembled in the stands and on the terraces will see a Tong procession of Cardinals, Archbishops and Bishops going to the altar.
Cardinal Spellman, Archbishop of New York, it is announced this week, has accepted Cardinal Griffin's invitation to be present at the celebrations.
He will be seen in the procession with five other members of the Sacred College — Cardinal Griffin, Cardinal Frings, Archbishop of Cologne. Cardinal von Preysing,
Bishop of Cardinal Gerlier, Archbishop of Lyons, and Cardinal Van Roey, Archbishop of Malines.
The whole Hierarchy of England and Wales will come into the stadium with Archbishops and Bishops from Scotland, Ireland, France, Belgium, the United States, Australia, Malta, Norway, Sweden, Denmark, and other countries.
Admission to the stadium will be by ticket only. All tickets will be free, but those who have become Congress members and have asked for reserved seats will receive numbered tickets in the stand, where they will be under cover. Non-members, through the official parochial representatives, may obtain lettered tickets admitting them to individual blocks on the open terraces.
The stadium will be opened at 1.30 p.m. The band of the Irish Guards will play while the people are coming in.
Then, at 2.45 p.m., the Centenary pageant will begin. It will be historical in character and take the form of a procession which will go round the arena whilst a commentary is broadcast.
The pageant will end with the appearance of groups portraying the part which Catholics have played and arc playing in the life of the nation. Apart from the choirs and servers, only the Cardinals, Archbishops and Bishops, with their attendants, will he in the arena, but it will be flanked by those who have taken part in the pageant.
It is expected that the demonstration will end at about 5.30 p.m.
Light refreshments will be available at the stadium.
Congress membership, limited to 20,000, has now reached the 10,000 mark. It is rising so rapidly that soon vacancies may have to be reserved for those who live more than 100 miles from London and require more time for the organisation of travel facilities. This will accord with the desire of the Congress Committee to make the Congress a truly national and representative occasion, The Congress office (39 Victoria Street, London, S.W.1) is urging parochial representatives to inform the general secretary of their progress as soon as possible.
Those who have not yet made contact with the office are asked to do so immediately so that they shall not the prospects of jeopardise their
parishioners wishing to take'an active part in the celebrations.