In February we had a new national celebration of service for those involved in the health care professions and voluntary care sector. This first holding of what is intended to be an annual service, the White Mass, was held in St. Andrew’s Cathedral, with Cardinal Keith O’Brien presiding and Archbishop Conti as Principal Celebrant, in the company of three other Scottish Bishops and a congregation drawn from the various health care sectors.

In his homily, Bishop Logan reminded the congregation that they were asked to be like Abraham in answering the call of God. He paid tribute to those who work in the caring professions which had particular relevance in this the 150th anniversary of the Apparitions at Lourdes which is a living sanctuary of prayer, penance and loving service to one another.

Among the music of the Mass, the opening hymn, the Hymn of St. Columba with its prayers for blessing, protection and the encircling love of God, and Peter McGrail’s Peace Song were particularly resonant for those whose vocation is to work with the sick.