The faithful were in force at the St Patrick's Mass in St Andrew's Cathedral, Glasgow this lunchtime for a wonderful celebration of the patron Saint of Erin.
It was standing room only if you arrived after 11.15am with hundreds packing the Cathedral; with young, old, Irish, Scottish and, of course, an Archbishop of Italian descent!
The Archbishop spoke of his hopes for Pope Francis following a difficult time for the Church, particularly in Scotland. He also humbly thanked the Irish community for all they have done for the faith in Scotland and spoke of the special place St Patrick has close to the altar in Glasgow's Cathedral; saying that he played a crucial part in revitalising the faith in Scotland as well as Ireland.
A brief mention must go to the final hymn which was, of course, in honour of our Blessed Mother, Mary. 'Lady of Knock' reverberated around the Cathedral with such beauty and passion it was as if the Holy Spirit was joining us in song right there and then.
A truly beautiful occasion; Glasgow, as a city rich in Catholic and Irish heritage, has much to be proud of.
by Anthony Horan