St Mary’s Church was almost full to capacity for Friday night’s Station Mass.
During Lent, Catholics visit churches throughout their deanery to attend Station Masses which generally attract large attendances.
The Station Mass at St Mary’s – the second of Lent – was led by the Rt Rev Hugh Gilbert, OSB, Bishop of Aberdeen.
Also on the altar were retired Bishop of Aberdeen, the Rt Rev Peter Moran; St Mary’s priest Fr Francis Barnett, Fr James Bell and Fr Attila Adras, SJ, both of St Mary’s, Inverness; Fr David Kaye, SJ, from Dingwall; Fr John Allen, St Ninian’s, Inverness, and Fr Derick McCulloch, from Aviemore.
The Gospel reading (Matthew 5:20-26) was by Fr Barnett after which Bishop Gilbert preached on God’s Abundant Grace.
The first reading (Ezekiel 18:21-28) was by Catherine Delaney and the Bidding Prayers read by George Worrall – both St Mary’s, Nairn.
In between the readings Psalm 65 was beautifully sung in Gaelic (French) by Nairn Gaelic Choir, conducted by Nina Mackellar. (The Psalm tune French originated in Ross-shire, which is where Joseph Mainzer heard it when he was visiting friends in 1844. Mainzer was a noted hymn composer.)
After the service Fr Barnett thanked those who had travelled across the deanery to attend the service.
Refreshments were served in the hall afterwards when Bishop Gilbert and other members of clergy chatted with parishioners.
Article reproduced courtesy of the Nairnshire Telegraph