Mass in Armagh as Archbishop receives pallium

A service was held in Saint Patrick’s RC Cathedral in Armagh on Saturday for the investiture of Archbishop Eamon Martin with the pallium.

The pallium symbolises the bond and union between an archbishop and the Pope.

Archbishop Martin is Archbishop of Armagh and Primate of All Ireland, and the investiture took place in the presence of representatives of the nine dioceses of the ecclesiastical province, as well as priests and people from the diocese.

It was conducted by His Excellency Archbishop Charles Brown, apostolic nuncio to Ireland.

The pallium is a white woollen strip, worn around the archbishop’s neck, which symbolises the bond and union between an archbishop and the Pope. The wearing of the pallium dates back to the fourth century, and predates the miter and the crozier as episcopal symbols.

This was the second mass to celebrate the presentation of the pallium to Archbishop Martin.

On June 29, the Feast of Saint Peter and Saint Paul, Pope Francis blessed and presented the pallium to Archbishop Martin and Archbishop Kieran O’Reilly, Archbishop of Cashel & Emly, after mass in Saint Peter’s Basilica in the Vatican.

This year, Pope Francis decided the archbishops should also be vested with the pallium in their home churches.