|Posted by deal_ord on July 13, 2014 at 9:50 AM|
At 11.30am on Saturday 12th July, Archbishop Peter Smith of Southwark presided at a service of consecration and dedication of St John's church and the pontifical mass that followed. It is 80 years since St John's was built but the church had never been consecrated. This was a splendid service and a fitting marking of that 80th anniversary.
Archbishop Peter anoints the consecration crosses around the church.
A lighted brazier was placed on the newly anointed altar, after the relics had been deposited and Archbishop Peter imposed incense which had been specially bought from the Holy Land for the occasion.
After the Mass, a sumptuous lunch prepared by members of the parish was served in the Hall, at the end of which Archbishop Peter cut the celebration cake as a volley of fireworks erupted outside.