Posted by: catholicrelics | September 30, 2009

Greeted by a Scottish piper’s fanfare

St. Therese arrives in NEWCASTLE Greeted by a Scottish piper’s fanfare, originally uploaded by Catholic Church (England and Wales).

The Relics of St Therese were greeted by a lone piper as they arrived at St Andrew’s Church in Newcastle earlier this afternoon.

Mr Stephen Martin from Durham played Amazing Grace as thousands lined the streets to welcome the Little Flower. Wearing ‘Scot’ tartan, Mr Martin led the entry procession into the packed church, along with clergy and representatives from the Carmelite spiritual family.

The opening service was led by Parish Priest, Fr Michael Corbett, who movingly read Psalm 27 which he said St Therese lived by. To the gathered crowd of at least 1,000 (inside and outside the church) he said: ‘St Therese reflected the joy and knowledge of God. Take the gifts that you receive here today into the world. Her message is love.’

This was followed by a prayer litany and people coming forward to venerate the Relics one by one. Meanwhile, the significant number of sick who were gathered recieved the Sacrament of the Sick.

As for the piper, Mr Martin later explained that he was wearing ‘Scot tartan’ which had been inherited from the mother’s side of  his family who were from Perthshire. He also shared that his pipes are believed to have belonged to Bob Nichol who is thought to have been a piper to the royal family in Balmoral (George V).

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