February at the Cathedral

By Canon Anthony O'Brien

A major focus for the diocese this year is Eucharistic Adoration as we prepare to welcome representatives from parishes across England and Wales to the National Eucharistic Congress in September. There will be special holy hours within all deaneries throughout Lent and beyond led by Archbishop Malcolm.

Here at the Cathedral we have a period of silent Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament every Friday afternoon from 4–5pm concluding with a short Benediction leading into Mass and then Choral Evening Prayer. For those who may be working or shopping in Liverpool city centre it provides a wonderful opportunity for quiet prayer and reflection at the end of the working week. If you are visiting the city centre you would be most welcome to pay a visit to the Cathedral and join us at this time of prayer.
 
The Annual Civic Mass took place on Sunday 11 February. Archbishop Malcolm presided and welcomed mayors and civic leaders from across the north-west as we came together to pray for our local region and communities. We then mark the start of Lent on Ash Wednesday, 14 February, with the blessing and distribution of ashes. Our Mass times are as normal with an extra Service of the Word and reception of ashes at 7.30pm.
 
On the First Sunday of Lent, 18 February at 3pm, all those who have been preparing for reception into full communion with the Catholic Church will gather in the Cathedral with sponsors and family to be welcomed and enrolled as part of their final journey to receive the Sacraments of Initiation at Easter.