Catholic Herald Reporters
HIS Eminence Cardinal William Godfrey, seventh Archbishop of Westminster, who died on Tuesday last, will lie in state in the Cathedral Hall over the week-end and will be buried with solemn pomp next Tuesday in the Cathedral crypt.
From all over the world tributes have been pouring in since the official announcement was made that the Cardinal had died suddenly at 4.45 p.m. following a heart attack.
Foremost among the messages of sympathy were one from Pope John XXIII expressing his deep grief and one from Her Majesty the Queen expressing her "deep sorrow".
Messages were also received from members of the Hierarchy expressing the deep sense of shock and grief with which the news had been received by British Catholics and from leading non-Catholic religious dignitaries conveying their sympathy. President de Valera also sent a message of sympathy.
On Wednesday afternoon a meeting of the Metropolitan Cathedral Chapter was held at Archbishop's House, Westminster, when Bishop Craven was elected VicarCapitular of the Archdiocese.
Afterwards an announcement was issued stating that Cardinal Godfrey's body, which after his death was resting in the domestic chapel at Archbishop's House, will lie in state in the Cathedral Hall from 3 p.m. on Saturday until 2 p.m. on Monday. Entry to the Hall will close at 7 p.m. on the Saturday and Sunday evenings. The body will he brought to Westminster Cathedral at 6.45 p.m. on Monday evening and solemn dirge will be sung in Westminster Cathedral on Tuesday next at 11 a.m. The celebrant of the Mass will he Bishop Parker of Northampton. The panegyric wilt be delivered by Archbishop Heenan of Liverpool.
After the Five Absolutions have been given, burial will follow in the Cathedral Crypt. Solemn Requiem will be televised and broadcast on sound simultaneously by the BBC. At the Mass seats will be reserved as far as possible for members of the diplomatic corps, peers, M.P.s, Founders, Benefactors of the Cathedral, representatives of the religious orders of women and Catholic organisations, and members of the Society of St. Augustine. dress must apply to Canon Francis Bartlett, and other applications for tickets accompanied by stamped addressed envelope should be addressed to Administrator's Office, both at 42 Francis St., London, S.W.I. Applications should reach the cathedral not later than January 26 (Saturday).
The Queen's message to the Provost and Metropolitan Chapter of Westminster Cathedral said:
"The Queen has heard with deep sorrow of the death of Cardinal Godfrey. Her Majesty sends her sincere sympathy to you and to all those of her subjects who are mourning the loss of one who gave so many years of devoted service."