ILFORD HOSPITAL CHAPEL – BLESSING OF THE NEW MODEL CHAPEL.
At a Solemn Mass at the Ilford Hospital Chapel of St. Mary & St Thomas of Canterbury the new, very beautiful model chapel was blessed. Father Martin joined me to concelebrate the Mass, read the Gospel and helped with the Ministry of Healing which is a regular part of the 1st Thursday in the month. In my sermon I talked about how names are important and how some cause fear mentioning the Harry Potter novels and Voldemort and Star Wars and Darth Vader. The contrast is with the name which is above every other name, the name at which every knee shall bow, the name, the most Holy Name of Jesus.
At the end of Mass we went to the table in the side aisle where the model had been put on display to bless it. After the Blessing, Father Martin led us in the Angelus and we then enjoyed a buffet lunch with sparkling wine. We were delighted that the two people who over several years painstaking work had made the model as a gift for the Chapel, were able to be with us. It was also great that two previous Mayors of Redbridge and one of the Trustees were amongst the many in the congregation.
Ann and I were surprised when we were given a cake to celebrate our wedding anniversary tomorrow; we are still trying to work out how everyone knew!