Tuesday, November 17

Bishop Pearson's Chalice

Among the Cathedral's sacred vessels is this chalice, which belonged to Lancaster's only Auxiliary Bishop to date, Rt Rev. Thomas Bernard Pearson.

At the base of the chalice is Bishop Pearson's coat of arms and motto, 'Jesu, super mel et omnia' -literally, 'Jesus, above honey and all things'. The motto is taken from the hymn Jesu Dulcis Memoria, which speaks of the sweetness of Jesus - hence the reference to honey. The text is attributed to St Bernard, and this may well have been a factor in the choice of motto, as Saints Thomas and Bernard were the Bishop's two patrons. Bishop Pearson died on this day in 1987.