ROMAN Catholics from across the Borders gathered at Our Lady and St Andrew in Galashiels last Wednesday to celebrate their annual Lenten Station mass with Cardinal Keith O’Brien, the church’s leader in Scotland.
The mass, which included scriptural readings and prayers about penance, the value of suffering and the passion and death of Christ, was concelebrated by clergy from across St Cuthbert’s Deanery, which stretches from Peebles to Eyemouth.
These included Father John Creanor (Galashiels) and fathers George Rodgers (retired, but formerly of the parish of Hawick), Michael John Galbraith (the parishes of Jedburgh, Kelso and Eyemouth), Robert Machinagua (the parishes of Peebles and Innerleithen) and Robert Afayori (the parishes of Selkirk and Earlston).
Servers included altar boys and girls from Our Lady and St Andrew in Galashiels and St Cuthbert’s in Melrose.
In his sermon, during one of the most important events in the deanery’s calendar, Cardinal O’Brien spoke about “a revived spirit which is both alive and active” in the Borders despite the challenges of manpower, as reflected in the number of shared parishes.