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Funeral details announced for Cardinal Cormac Murphy-O'Connor

04 September 2017 | by Lorna Donlon

The cardinal's body will lie in state at Westminster Cathedral

The funeral of Cardinal Cormac Murphy-O’Connor will take place on Wednesday 13 September at Westminster Cathedral. His body will be received into the cathedral on Tuesday morning, before lying in state throughout the day. 

Cardinal Vincent Nichols will celebrate Solemn Vespers at 5pm that evening and Archbishop Bernard Longley of Birmingham will preach.

The Requiem Mass, which will be a ticket-only event, will take place at noon the following day, celebrated by Cardinal Nichols. Archbishop George Stack of Cardiff, who served as an auxiliary bishop for over ten years under Cardinal Murphy O’Connor, will preach. Paying tribute to the cardinal after news of his death was announced on Friday, Archbishop Stack said he was “a man of deep faith, great humility and extraordinary insight.” Cardinal Cormac was “always full of compassion, seeking to find what was good in each person. His gentle humour put everyone at their ease in his company.” 

The parish church of Our Lady of Grace in Chiswick, West London, where the cardinal spent much of his retirement, has also announced that it will receive the cardinal’s body at 8pm next Sunday September 10 for parishioners and visitors to pay their respects. The church will remain open late and there will be a rosary followed by Compline. 

At noon the following day, Monday 11 September, Bishop Mark O’Toole of Plymouth will celebrate Mass at the church, before the cardinal’s body is removed to Westminster Cathedral. 

There will be a further opportunity for people to attend a memorial Mass for Cardinal Murphy-O’Connor three weeks later, on Wednesday 4 October, at Westminster Cathedral.



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