Sunday, 16 March 2008


There are some mistakes which can be seen as unavoidable human error. Some mistakes are trivial and easily forgotten. Yet some are just downright inexplicably senseless. Saint Cuthbert's Day is celebrated by the Universal Church on September 4th, the date of the translation of his relics at Durham, yet in Hexham and Newcastle the anniversary of our diocese's patron saint is usually celebrated on the anniversary of his death. Unfortunately, this year the solemnity falls on Maundy Thursday, and should be celebrated another time. Somewhat surprisingly, this has been completely overlooked by the diocesan Ordo, and has vanished into the liturgical abyss. Saint Cuthbert's day, the most important local festival, has been entirely forgotten. Somebody who missed that must be in deep trouble now!

No comments: