Friday, 8 August 2014

Edward Bede Cardinal Clancy: Requiescat in pace

Quæsumus, omnipotens et misericors Deus, ut famulos tuos cardinales et episcopos, quos in terris pro Christo legatione fungi tribuisti, his emundatos sacrificiis, consedere facias in cælestibus cum ipso.
Qui vivit et regnat in sæcula sæculorum.
Let us pray.
We pray, almighty and merciful God, that, as you made your servant Cardinals and Bishops ambassadors for Christ on earth, so you may raise them, purified by this sacrifice, to be seated with Christ in heaven.
Who lives and reigns for ever and ever.

I do not remember too much about the late Cardinal, however I do recall that when aged about 11, I was the boat bearer for Midnight Mass at St Mary's Cathedral in Sydney.  I also remember the placing of the spires on said Cathedral in or about 2000, thus essentially completing William Wardell's magnificent design. This would be one of the Cardinal's last acts in office, as he retired in 2001.

There are many news stories about the late Cardinal, but I particularly like this one written by Stephanie Wood of the Sydney Morning Herald.

A vigil Mass will be held tonight, at 7.30 pm (Friday 8 August) and the Funeral Mass will be on Saturday 9 August at 10 am.  The Cardinal will be laid to rest in the crypt of his cathedral.