It was a joy and a delight to be with the parish of the Most Precious Blood, London Bridge, last night, to see the culmination of several years work, painstakingly rebuilding and redecorating this beautiful but unassuming church by F.A. Walters.
A packed congregation saw Archbishop Peter Smith, retiring Archbishop of Southwark, consecrate the 128 year old building, assisted by the Ordinary, Mgr Keith Newton, as well as a number of concelebrating clergy.
The restoration work has included the installation of underfloor heating, a new floor, repainting the entire church, restoring the fine baldichino, repainting it and gilding it. also the apse has been painted and decorated with stars: the constellations as they were on Good Friday, AD33.
The music for the Mass and consecration was ably performed by the Precious Blood children’s choir, under the direction of Christopher Smith, church warden and master of music. It included a fine selection of English hymns and a congregational Mass setting.
It was a testament to how much Precious Blood means to the local community that Fr Chris Pearson, the Parish Priest took so much time thanking the many, many people who had been so generous with their time and skills and money.
the evening concluded in patrimonial fashion with food and drink in the parish school.