Bishop Tom Williams, Apostolic Administrator of the Archdiocese of Liverpool, celebrated the Annual Civic Mass for the City of Liverpool and the County of Merseyside on Sunday 9 March in the Metropolitan Cathedral of Christ the King.
Dignitaries from throughout the region attended the Mass including the Lord Lieutenant of Merseyside, Dame Lorna Muirhead, and the Lord Mayor of Liverpool, Councillor Gary Millar.
In his homily Bishop Tom spoke of the Gospel of the day, St Matthew's account of the temptation of Jesus. Relating these to the present day he said, 'I see those three temptations in all of us today, especially for those in positions of power and influence'. He went on to encourage those in Civic life saying, 'I firmly believe that we are all tempted by these quick solutions. I also believe that we are all capable of finding solutions, but they do not come easily'.
He then reflected on the universal principles of social responsibility encouraging those present to make them their own.
He thanked the groups present for the service they offer before concluding by saying, 'My prayer today is that the righteous will stand up and be counted'.
Taking part in the Music of the Mass was the Choir of the Metropolitan Cathedral under Director of Music, Christopher McElroy. Allegri's moving and haunting motet 'Miserere mei' was sung during the Offertory.