Chaplaincy & Services | Posted 16.06.2016

Dawn Mass on Longridge Fell

Each year an open-air Dawn Mass is held on Longridge Fell, near Stonyhurst. On Sunday 12th June 100 pupils of all ages climbed the 350m fell for Mass, walking from the school at 6am.

The Mass is now in its eleventh year, and attracts a growing number of pupils each year. There is a panoramic view of the Ribble Valley and the Trough of Bowland from the top, and everyone enjoys a hearty breakfast after the long walk back.

The climb to the top of the fell passes beside a strangely shaped cross in the middle of a field, which is believed to be a ‘Paulinus Cross’. St Paulinus was one of the monks who came to England with Saint Augustine in 601 AD, and worked mainly in the North of the country. The tradition was to erect a cross in the places where he preached or baptised, and this unusual cross may be an example. If so, it is almost 1,400 years old.