Consecration - 6th Oct 2015
On Tuesday 6th October 2015 the church was consecrated by the Right Reverend Alan Hopes, Bishop of East Anglia. The Mass was attended by a 200-strong congregation of church and civic dignitaries, corporate donors, parishioners, those involved in the construction work and representatives of other local churches.
During the celebration Mass relics were installed in the altar and sealed. These were from St Augustine of Hippo (whose rule and inspiration animate the work of the community), St. Monica (Augustine's mother), St. Rita (an Augustinian nun whose powerful intercession has worked wonders for many an impossible situation), and also the Augustinian friars martyred in 1936 during the Spanish Civil War.
Bishop Alan anointed the altar with oil, and the church itself was also anointed to signify that it is given entirely to Christian worship.
Incense was burned in a brazier with lighted charcoal on the centre of the altar, to signify Christ’s sacrifice and prayers rising up from worshippers to God and its dedication as a house of prayer.