Today's celebration Mass in St Andrew's Cathedral, Glasgow for the Feast of Our Lady of Fatima was an incredibly moving occasion.
The Church was packed as a throng of primary schoolchildren took centre stage to give praise to Our Blessed Mother and remember the great sacrifices made by the three children of Fatima: Lucia, Francisco and Jacinta.
Beautiful hymns were sung, including Soul of My Saviour and Immaculate Mary, and there was a quite haunting yet beautiful rendition by the children of Seeds Scattered and Sown. You could almost visualise Our Lady standing at the altar looking down on them with great joy in her Immaculate Heart. They did her proud.
At the end of Mass the children held aloft roses and these were blessed and passed around the congregation. Then, at the very end, there was a procession with the statue of Our Lady of Fatima being carried round the Church while everyone waved their roses and the children waved white handkerchiefs. It was the kind of scene you are used to seeing in countries like France and Spain, where congregations, particularly those including children, often appear more animated.
What a wonderful and blessed occasion in the heart of Glasgow. Giving praise to our Mother who has promised peace to all, if only we would glorify God. Glorifying God above all else, just like those little children of Fatima and the little children present at Mass today. Becoming more like those children is the key.
To learn a little more about Fatima please remember to read our article here: http://www.scotscatholic.org/Our-Lady-of-Fatima.html
by Anthony Horan