Tuesday 9 August 2016

Grand Priory Vigil Service for Investiture

 Members and friends of the Grand Priory gathered recently in the charming setting of the church of Our Lady in Lydiate, near Southport for the Vigil Service and dinner and the following day for the annual Investiture Mass and celebratory Luncheon. This post will cover just the Service, to be followed by others.

 Chaplains Fr Aldo Tapparo and Fr William Charlton chat with postulants Davis and Theresa O'Neill.

 More members and friends gathering for the Service 
- including the Grand Master, HE Jan Count Dobrzensk├Ż z Dobrzenicz

 The Grand Master welcomes the Vice Lord-Lieutenant of Lancashire Col. Alan Jolley and his wife Mary.

The Grand Prior, The Much Honoured Baron of Fetternear, with our special guests.

 Marshal H.E. Chev. Matthew Jackson KLJ sweeps into church!

 The Chaplain General for Great Britain welcoming the postulants as they prepare to be invested into the Order.

 The Vigil Service is a more intimate affair than the Investiture Mass, encouraging an atmosphere of prayer to pray for the postualnts as they prepare to become members.

 We pray together before Our Lord.

 Fr William Charlton preaches on the Beatitudes.

 The Grand Master and our own Prior.

 Col. and Mrs Alan Jolley.

Our Hospitaller, Chev. William Hackett KLJ MMLJ

Members Damien and Trish McGrath.

 Chev Daniel Lawler and Dame Margaret Lawler.

A whole host of members and friends -
all looking happy -
- possibly because they are on the way to the aperitifs being served on the lawn, 
just out of camera shot!