On 16 and 17 December the Westminster Cathedral Choir School performed its annual Christmas Celebration concert in the Cathedral. The evening included music and readings for Christmas and the choir and orchestra were conducted by Martin Baker and the organ was played by Peter Stevens.
At the end of the concerts, the Cardinal addressed the congregation focussing on the true meaning of Christmas in the context of the Year of Mercy. He began by reflecting on Pope Francis’ statement that ‘Jesus is the true face of God’s mercy’, saying: ‘These are words to keep very much in mind as we prepare to welcome the birth of Jesus, on this Feast of Christmas. This evening, in a wonderful way, we are led more deeply towards the moment of this birth and all it implies. The beauty of these words and music prompt within us deep memories, instincts and intuitions which we might find hard to put into our own words. The heart indeed has reasons of which reason knows nothing.’
The full text of the Cardinal’s homily is available to read here.