St David’s Cathedral is blooming with colour and the scent of hundreds of flowers as the centenary flower festival gets underway. Entitled ‘Laudato Si’ (Praise to you) the festival runs over the weekend, today and tomorrow. The title comes from the letter of Pope Francis which is inspired by the ‘Canticle of Creation ‘ of St. Francis of Assisi.
All creatures of our God and king,
Lift up your voice and with us sing,
O praise Him, O praise Him.
The flowers and fruits that in thee grow,
Let them His glory also show.
O praise Him. O praise Him.
Alleluia. Alleluia. Alleluia.
Local, national and international displays have transformed the Cathedral into an oasis of visual beauty and splendour. The Bridgend Floral Society has created “Praise God for a light in the darkness”. The Embassy of Poland has created “Praise God all ye nations”. “He will raise you up on eagles’ wings” is the creation of the Three Counties and Wales NAFAS chairman. A path of posies are laid in the aisle to commemorate our beloved dead, whilst the Filipino community has sponsored an altar display. Two floral towers behind the High Altar have been built by winners at the Chelsea Flower Show.
The Flower Festival has to be seen to be believed. The Cathedral is open on Saturday and Sunday, 2 and 3 July from 9am until 6pm. The 11am Mass on Sunday is the commemoration of the victims of the Arandora Star disaster. The floral arrangement decorating the monument is sponsored by the Italian community and created by T. Tucker, the NAFAS area Treasurer.
Click here for more information or to buy tickets. Tickets for the festival are also available at the door.