Monday, 5 October 2009

St Thérèse in Leeds

Escorted by police outriders, the relics of St Thérèse arrived in Leeds on Saturday afternoon. Not only was the Cathedral full, but a huge crowd gathered outside to see the arrival. As with the previous weekend visits (to Birmingham and Salford Cathedrals) the organisers in Leeds had to prepare for enormous numbers of pilgrims.

Here Rt Rev. Arthur Roche, Bishop of Leeds, incenses the relics. Bishop Roche is one of the patrons of the relics' visit to England and Wales.

How's this for a queue? People wait in turn, forming a great line which stretches from the Cathedral at least as far back as Leeds Town Hall. The Cathedral was closed Saturday night and reopened on Sunday at 6am; seemingly the first people were waiting by 5am. The phenomenal success of this visit continues. The relics will leave Leeds very shortly, and make their way to Nottingham Cathedral, where they are due to arrive this afternoon. More pictures and information about the visit can be found on the national blog, at