Glasgow Lourdes Hospitalité celebrated 70 years of service to the Archdiocese with Mass in St Andrew’s Cathedral on 15th April 2018. The cathedral was full for the service, which was presided over by Archbishop Tartaglia. The Glasgow Hospitalité were joined by representatives from other Lourdes Hospitalités from across Scotland, medical staff and sponsors of the pilgrims they served, and representatives of the St. Margaret Youth Group.
The St Mungo Singers led the music for the Mass (which had, appropriately for the Hospitalité, a Marian theme) , singing as the congregation gathered, before leading them in the opening hymn, the Magnificat, as the clergy processed to the sanctuary.
In his homily, Archbishop Tartaglia noted that this year is also, by happy co-incidence, the 160th anniversary of the Apparitions at Lourdes, and so we had the opportunity to celebrate the two anniversaries. Referring to the Constitution of the Hospitalité, he highlighted for the congregation the fact that the purpose of the Hospitalité was to serve the spirituality of Lourdes. It was important, he said, to keep sight of the spiritual origins which informed their service.
Turning to the Gospel reading, the Archbishop reflected that Jesus’ appearances after the Resurrection were integral to the faith of the Apostles and the growth of the early Church. In turn, Our Lady’s apparitions originate in the cross and resurrection of the Lord and testify to his Risen Life, and are a pledge of this new life of resurrection, through the healing experienced at Lourdes.
He concluded by acknowledging the mission and work of the Glasgow Hospitalité over the past 70 years, and invited the congregation to pray for the souls of those members who had died.
After the Mass, in true Glasgow fashion, there was a splendid buffet in the Eyre Hall to which all were invited to celebrate this joyful occasion with the members of the Hospitalité.