The parishes of St Thomas of Canterbury Fairford and St Mary’s Cricklade in Gloucestershire recently hosted the Lampedusa Cross in masses across two churches.
At St Thomas of Canterbury Fairford and St Mary’s Cricklade, parish priest Fr Michael Robertson carried the cross in procession to the altar where it was the focus of special readings and prayer at the beginning of Masses at both churches on 21 and 22 January. This comprised the story behind Lampedusa crosses; extracts from Pope Francis’s homily at Lampedusa; and prayers for all those caught up in this and similar refugee experiences, and that we might play our part in helping those affected.
The cross was displayed on the altar at St Mary’s Cricklade. At the beginning of Mass, Fr Michael invited the children to come forward to see the cross and hear its story. All were moved, including children and adults, of the reality that still exists for refugees fleeing from war and persecution, especially those having landed on the Island of Lampedusa.
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