Worshippers mark official end of Christmas

Twelfth Night at St Walburge's Church, Preston
Twelfth Night at St Walburge's Church, Preston
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Dozens of worshippers gathered at St Walburge’s Catholic Church in Preston to celebrate the traditional end of Christmas

The twefth night ceremony on January 6 marked the church’s official end of Christmas.

Twelfth Night at St Walburge's Church, Preston

Twelfth Night at St Walburge's Church, Preston

On Twelfth Night, there is a ‘Sung Mass’ with a choir and incense, as well as a special cake eaten on Epiphany in honour of the Three Magi, known as the ‘galette des rois’, from France.

The celebrant and rector of St Walburge’s, Canon Francis Altiere, said: “We still celebrate the Mass in the traditional way, in Latin with Gregorian chant, the way it was in all Catholic churches until the 1960s.”

He added that many people, especially the young, are still interested in the reverence of this form of celebration, and so the pope has asked every bishop to make sure there are churches which provide this form of the Mass.

“They enjoy experiencing the solemnity of the Latin Mass on special occasions,” he added. “Visitors are always welcome.”

Twelfth Night at St Walburge's Church, Preston

Twelfth Night at St Walburge's Church, Preston

Pictures taken by Phoenix Zheng

Twelfth Night at St Walburge's Church, Preston

Twelfth Night at St Walburge's Church, Preston