This gathering of the faithful at Wakefield Cathedral found us standing at the back for a Solemn Mass for Christ the King; followed by a presentation from Colin Podmore, the new director of Forward in Faith. All this just a few days after another session of General Synod. Signs of hope? Yes, a few. As always it was a chance to meet old friends from other parishes in the region; to enjoy fine liturgy in a grand setting; to gain encouragement from the numbers of our fellow traditionalists. But more than that, there was a real hope, not something we could ever have said in 2012.
The Bishop of Pontefract shared an important phrase in his sermon: what we will receive from the rest of the Church of England will be no more than ‘crumbs fallen from the rich man’s table’, but can we make a future for ourselves from those crumbs? Yes, by God’s grace we can. The launch of The Society seemed well timed with the new atmosphere of greater understanding in Synod and the House of Bishops. We came away believing that there really is some light at the end of the tunnel – not a bad way to end the Christian year.