Travelling Reliquary Bust of St Philip
2015 is the fifth centenary of the birth of St Philip Neri, the Founder of the Oratory. A reliquary bust of St Philip is visiting all the Oratories in the world during this year and we are privileged to have it in York for Christmas and New Year. The bust arrived here on Monday from the Birmingham Oratory and will go on to London in early January. After the UK houses St Philip's relic will go to the Toronto Oratory and the Oratories in the United States.
For logistical reasons the reliquary will not be visiting the Oratories in South Africa so it was providential that Fr Grant James of the Oratory of Port Elizabeth (far right in the photograph) was our guest when the bust arrived. He was able to represent his own house and the Oratory of Oudtshoorn and the Oratory in Formation at Bloemfontein.We will have special prayers to St Philip and the Blessing with his Relic after the 12.10pm Mass on 1st January.