Feast of the Most Holy Trinity 2015

Masses this week

Sunday 31st May – Most Holy Trinity: Solemn Mass at 10.30am
Monday 1st June – St Angela Merici, V: Mass at 6.00pm
Tuesday 2nd June – SS Marcellinus, Peter and Erasmus, Bb & Mm: Mass at 6.00pm
Wednesday 3rd June – Feria: Mass at 6.00pm
Thursday 4th June – Corpus Christi (Holy Day of Obligation): Solemn Mass at 6.00pm
Friday 5th June – St Boniface, B & M: Mass at 6.00pm
Saturday 6th June – St Norbert, B & Conf: Mass at 6.00pm

Father, Son and Holy GhostIntroit (Tobias 12:6)

Blessed be the Holy Trinity, and undivided Unity: we will give glory to Him, because He hath shown His mercy to us. (Ps 8:2) O Lord, our Lord, how wonderful is Thy Name in all the earth!. Glory be… Blessed be…

Collect

O almighty and everlasting God, who hast granted to Thy servants, in confessing the true Faith, to acknowledge the glory of the eternal Trinity, and in the power of Majesty to adore the Unity: we beseech Thee, that by steadfastness in the same Faith, we may ever be defended against all adversity.. Through Our Lord Jesus Christ, Thy Son…

Epistle (Romans 11:33-36)

O the depth of the riches of the wisdom and of the knowledge of God! How incomprehensible are his judgments, and how unsearchable his ways! For who hath known the mind of the Lord? Or who hath been his counsellor? Or who hath first given to him, and recompense shall be made him? For of him, and by him, and in him, are all things: to him be glory for ever. Amen.

Gradual (Daniel 3:55-56)

Blessed art Thou, O Lord, that beholdest the depths and sittest above the Cherubim. Blessed art Thou, O Lord, in the firmament of heaven, and worthy of praise for ever.

Alleluia, alleluia. (Daniel 3:52) Blessed art Thou, O Lord, the God of our fathers, and worthy to be praised for ever. Alleluia.

 Gospel (Matthew 28:18-20)

At that time Jesus said to His disciples: All power is given to me in heaven and in earth. Going therefore, teach ye all nations; baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost. Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and behold I am with you all days, even to the consummation of the world.—Creed

Offertory (Tobias 12:6)

Blessed be God the Father, and the only-begotten Son of God, and also the Holy Spirit; because He hath shown His mercy to us..

Secret

Sanctify, we beseech Thee, O Lord Our God, by the invocation of Thy holy Name, the sacrifice we offer, and by it make of us an everlasting offering unto Thee. Through Our Lord Jesus Christ, Thy Son…

Preface of the Most Holy Trinity

It is truly meet and just, right and for our salvation, that we should at all times and in all places give thanks to Thee, holy Lord, Father almighty, eternal God: Who, together with Thine only-begotten Son and the Holy Ghost, art one God, one Lord: not in the Oneness of a single Person, but in the Trinity of one Substance. For what by Thy revelation we believe of Thy glory, the same do we believe of Thy Son, the same of the Holy Ghost, without difference or separation; so that in confessing the true and eternal Godhead, in It we should adore distinction in Persons, unity in Essence, and equality in Majesty: in praise of which Angels and Archangels, Cherubim also and Seraphim, day by day exclaim, without end and with one voice, saying:Sanctus

Communion (Tobias 12:6)

We bless the God of heaven, and before all living we will praise Him; because He has shown His mercy to us.

Postcommunion

O Lord Our God, may the receiving of this Sacrament and the acknowledgementt of the holy and eternal Trinity and its undivided unity profit us unto health of mind and body. Through Our Lord Jesus Christ…


Thought for the Week

THAT in some real sense the Father, and the Son, and the Holy Ghost are They whom we are bound to serve and worship, from whom comes the Gospel of grace, and in whom the profession of Christianity centres, surely is shown, most satisfactorily and indisputably, by the words of this text. When Christ was departing, He gave commission to His Apostles, and taught them what to teach and preach; and first of all they were to introduce their converts into His profession, or into His Church, and that by a solemn rite, which, as He had told Nicodemus at an earlier time, was to convey a high spiritual grace. This solemn and supernatural ordinance of discipleship was to be administered in the Name—of whom? in the Name (can we doubt it?) of Him whose disciples the converts forthwith became; of that God whom, from that day forward, they confessed and adored; whom they promised to obey; in whose word they trusted; by whose bounty they were to be rewarded. Yet when Christ would name the Name of God, He does but say, “in the Name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost.” I consider, then, that on the very face of His sacred words there is a difficulty, till the doctrine of the Holy Trinity is made known to us. What can be meant by saying, in the Name, not of God, but of Three? It is an unexpected manner of speech.

—Blessed John Henry Newman: The Mystery of the Holy Trinity (http://www.newmanreader.org/works/parochial/volume6/sermon24.html)

Your Prayers are requested for those who are sick: Louis Turner, Howard Valentine, Ronan, Penny Armstrong.

‡ Peter.


Pentecost or Whit Sunday 2015

Mass Today at 6.00pm

The Descent of the Holy Spirit upon the Apostles
The Descent of the Holy Spirit upon the Apostles

Introit (Wisdom 1:7)

The Spirit of the Lord hath filled the whole world, alleluia; and that which containeth all things hath knowledge of the voice, alleluia, alleluia, alleluia. (Ps 67:2) Let God arise, and let His enemies be scattered: and let them that hate Him flee from before His face. Glory be… The Spirit…

Collect

O God, who on this day didst reach the hearts of Thy faithful by the light of the Holy Spirit: grant unto us, by the same Spirit, to be wise in what is right, and ever to rejoice in His consolation. Through Our Lord Jesus Christ, Thy Son…

Epistle (Acts 2:1-11)

And when the days of the Pentecost were accomplished, they were all together in one place: And suddenly there came a sound from heaven, as of a mighty wind coming, and it filled the whole house where they were sitting. And there appeared to them parted tongues as it were of fire, and it sat upon every one of them: And they were all filled with the Holy Ghost, and they began to speak with divers tongues, according as the Holy Ghost gave them to speak. Now there were dwelling at Jerusalem, Jews, devout men, out of every nation under heaven. And when this was noised abroad, the multitude came together, and were confounded in mind, because that every man heard them speak in his own tongue. And they were all amazed, and wondered, saying: Behold, are not all these, that speak, Galileans? And how have we heard, every man our own tongue wherein we were born? Parthians, and Medes, and Elamites, and inhabitants of Mesopotamia, Judea, and Cappadocia, Pontus and Asia, Phrygia, and Pamphylia, Egypt, and the parts of Libya about Cyrene, and strangers of Rome, Jews also, and proselytes, Cretes, and Arabians: we have heard them speak in our own tongues the wonderful works of God.

Alleluia, alleluia. (Ps 103:30) Send forth Thy Spirit, and they shall be created, and Thou shalt renew the face of the earth Alleluia. (Here all kneel) Come, O Holy Spirit, fill the hearts of Thy faithful: and kindle in them the fire of Thy love.

Sequence

Come, Thou Holy Spirit, come,
And from Thy celestial home
Shed a ray of light divine

Come, Thou Father of the poor,
Come, Thou source of all our store,
Come, within our bosoms shine.

Thou of Comforters the best,
Thou the soul’s delightful guest,
Sweet refreshment here below.

In our labour rest most sweet,
Pleasant coolness in the heat,
Solace in the midst of woe.

O most blessed Light divine,
Shine within these hearts of Thine,
And our inmost being fill.

Where Thou art not, man hath nought
Nothing good in deed or thought,
Nothing free from taint of ill.

Heal our wounds, our strength renew,
On our dryness pour Thy dew,
Wash the stains of guilt away.

Bend the stubborn heart and will,
Melt the frozen, warm the chill,
Guide the steps that go astray.

On Thy faithful who adore,
And confess Thee evermore,
In Thy sevenfold gifts descend.

Give them virtue’s sure reward,
Give them Thy salvation, Lord,
Give them joys that never end.
Amen. Alleluia.

Gospel (John 14:23-31)

At that time Jesus said to His disciples: If any one love me, he will keep my word, and my Father will love him, and we will come to him, and will make our abode with him. He that loveth me not, keepeth not my words. And the word which you have heard, is not mine; but the Father’s who sent me. These things have I spoken to you, abiding with you. But the Paraclete, the Holy Ghost, whom the Father will send in my name, he will teach you all things, and bring all things to your mind, whatsoever I shall have said to you. Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, do I give unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, nor let it be afraid. You have heard that I said to you: I go away, and I come unto you. If you loved me, you would indeed be glad, because I go to the Father: for the Father is greater than I. And now I have told you before it comes to pass: that when it shall come to pass, you may believe. I will not now speak many things with you. For the prince of this world cometh, and in me he hath not any thing. But that the world may know, that I love the Father: and as the Father hath given me commandment, so do I.—Creed

Offertory (Ps 67:29-30)

Confirm, O God, what Thou hast wrought in us; from Thy temple, which is in Jerusalem, kings shall offer presents to thee. Alleluia.

Secret

Sanctify, O Lord, we beseech Thee, the gifts offered up to Thee; and cleanse our hearts by the light of the Holy Spirit. Through Our Lord Jesus Christ, Thy Son… in the unity of the same…

Preface of the Holy Spirit

It is truly meet and just, right and for our salvation, that we should at all times, and in all places, give thanks unto Thee, O Holy Lord, Father almighty, everlasting God: through Christ Our Lord. Who ascending above all the heavens, and sitting at Thy right hand, poured out on this day the promised Holy Spirit upon the children of adoption. Wherefore the whole world doth rejoice with overflowing joy; and the heavenly Hosts also and the angelic Powers sing together the hymn of Thy glory, evermore saying:—Sanctus

Communion (Acts 2:2-4)

Suddenly there came a sound from heaven, as of a mighty wind coming where they were sitting, alleluia: and they were all filled with the Holy Ghost, speaking the wonderful works of God, alleluia, alleluia.

Postcommunion

May the infusion of the Holy Spirit, O Lord, cleanse our hearts, and render them fruitful by the inward sprinkling of His dew. Through Our Lord Jesus Christ… in the unity of the same…


Thought for the Week

God the Son has graciously condescended to reveal the Father to his creatures from without; God the Holy Spirit, by inward communications. Who can compare these separate works of condescension, either of them being beyond our understanding? We can but silently adore the Infinite Love which encompasses us on every side. The Son of God is called the Word, as declaring his glory throughout created nature, and impressing the evidence of it on every part of it. He has given us to read it in his works of goodness, holiness, and wisdom. He is the living and eternal law of truth and perfection, that image of God’s unapproachable attributes, which men have ever seen, by glimpses, on the face of the world, felt that it was sovereign, but knew not whether to say it was a fundamental rule and self-existing destiny, or the offspring and mirror of the divine will. Such has he been from the beginning, graciously sent forth from the Father to reflect his glory upon all things, distinct from him, while mysteriously one with him; and in due time visiting us with an infinitely deeper mercy, when for our redemption he humbled himself to take upon himself that fallen nature which he had originally created after his own image.

The condescension of the Blessed Spirit is as incomprehensible as that of the Son. He has ever been the secret Presence of God within the creation: a source of life amid the chaos, bringing out into form and order what was at first shapeless and void, and the voice of truth in the hearts of all rational beings, turning them into harmony with the intimations of God’s Law, which were externally made to them. Hence he is especially called the “life-giving” Spirit; being (as it were) the soul of universal nature, the strength of man and beast, the guide of faith, the witness against sin, the inward light of patriarchs and prophets, the grace abiding in the Christian soul, and the Lord and Ruler of the church. Therefore let us ever praise the Father Almighty, who is the first source of all perfection, in and together with his co-equal Son and Spirit, through whose gracious ministrations we have been given to see “what manner of love” it is wherewith the Father has loved us.

—Blessed John Henry Newman: The Indwelling Spirit

Your Prayers are requested for those who are sick: Louis Turner, Howard Valentine, Ronan, Penny Armstrong.

‡ Peter.


In Ascensione Domini Nostri Iesu Christi 2015

Mass Today at 6.00pm

ascension-021Introit (Acts 1:11)

Ye men of Galilee, why wonder you, looking up to heaven? Alleluia. He shall come as you have seen Him going up into heaven, alleluia, alleluia, alleluia (Ps 46:2) O clap your hands, all ye nations; shout unto God, with the voice of exultation. Glory be… Ye men…

Collect

Grant, we beseech Thee, almighty God, that we, who believe Thine only-begotten Son, our Redeemer, to have ascended in this day into heaven, may also ourselves dwell in mind amid heavenly things. Through the same Lord Jesus Christ, Thy Son…

Epistle (Acts 1:1-11)

The former treatise I made, O Theophilus, of all things which Jesus began to do and to teach, until the day on which, giving commandments by the Holy Ghost to the apostles whom he had chosen, he was taken up. To whom also he shewed himself alive after his passion, by many proofs, for forty days appearing to them, and speaking of the kingdom of God. And eating together with them, he commanded them, that they should not depart from Jerusalem, but should wait for the promise of the Father, which you have heard (saith he) by my mouth. For John indeed baptized with water, but you shall be baptized with the Holy Ghost, not many days hence. They therefore who were come together, asked him, saying: Lord, wilt thou at this time restore again the kingdom to Israel? But he said to them: It is not for you to know the times or moments, which the Father hath put in his own power: But you shall receive the power of the Holy Ghost coming upon you, and you shall be witnesses unto me in Jerusalem, and in all Judea, and Samaria, and even to the uttermost part of the earth. And when he had said these things, while they looked on, he was raised up: and a cloud received him out of their sight. And while they were beholding him going up to heaven, behold two men stood by them in white garments. Who also said: Ye men of Galilee, why stand you looking up to heaven? This Jesus who is taken up from you into heaven, shall so come, as you have seen him going into heaven.

Alleluia, alleluia. (Ps 46:6) God is ascended with a shout, and the Lord with the sound of a trumpet. Alleluia. (Ps 67:18-19) The Lord is in Sinai, in the holy place; ascending on high He has led captivity captive. Alleluia.

Gospel (Mark 16:14-20)

At that time Jesus appeared to the eleven as they were at table: and he upbraided them with their incredulity and hardness of heart, because they did not believe them who had seen him after he was risen again. And he said to them: Go ye into the whole world, and preach the gospel to every creature. He that believeth and is baptized, shall be saved: but he that believeth not shall be condemned. And these signs shall follow them that believe: In my name they shall cast out devils: they shall speak with new tongues. They shall take up serpents; and if they shall drink any deadly thing, it shall not hurt them: they shall lay their hands upon the sick, and they shall recover. And the Lord Jesus, after he had spoken to them, was taken up into heaven, and sitteth on the right hand of God. But they going forth preached everywhere: the Lord working withal, and confirming the word with signs that followed.—Creed

Offertory (Ps 46:6)

God is ascended with a shout, and the Lord with the sound of a trumpet. Alleluia.

Secret

Accept, O lord, the gifts we offer up to Thee, for the glorious Ascension of Thy Son: and mercifully grant that we may be freed from present perils, and attain unto everlasting life. Through the same Lord Jesus Christ, Thy Son…

Preface for The Ascension

It is truly meet and just, right and for our salvation, that we should at all times, and in all places, give thanks unto Thee, O Holy Lord, Father almighty, everlasting God: through Christ Our Lord. Who, after His Resurrection, appeared openly to all His disciples, and, while they looked on, was taken up into heaven, that He might grant unto us to be sharers in His own divinity. And therefore, with Angels and Archangels, with Thrones and Dominations, and with all the hosts of the heavenly army, we sing the hymn of Thy glory, evermore saying:—Sanctus

Communion (Ps 67:33-34)

Sing ye to the Lord, who mounteth above the heaven of heavens to the East, alleluia.

Postcommunion

Grant to us, we beseech thee, almighty and merciful God, that we may obtain the invisible effects of that which we have shared by communion in visible Mysteries Through Our Lord Jesus Christ…


Thoughts for the Day

The Homily of St John Paul the Great on the Feast of The Ascension, in 1979, at the Venerable English College in Rome
St John Paul the Great Bishop of Rome 1978-2005
St John Paul the Great
Bishop of Rome 1978-2005

Dear sons and brothers and friends in Jesus Christ,

ON THIS SOLEMNITY of the Ascension of our Lord, the Pope is happy to offer the Eucharistic Sacrifice with you and for you. I am happy to be with the students and staff of the Venerable English College in this year in which you are celebrating your fourth centenary. And today, in a special way, I feel spiritually close to you, to your parents and families, and to all the faithful of England and Wales – to all who are united in the faith of Peter and Paul, in the faith of Jesus Christ. The traditions of generosity and fidelity that have been exemplified in the life of your College for four hundred years are present in my heart this morning. You have come to give thanks and praise to God for what has been accomplished by his grace in the past, and to find strength to go forward – under the protection of our Blessed Lady – in the fervour of your forefathers, many of whom laid down their lives for the Catholic faith.

A cordial word of welcome goes also to the new priests from the Pontifical Beda College. For you too this is a moment of special challenge to keep alive the ideals manifested in your patron, Saint Bede the Venerable, whom you will commemorate tomorrow. Welcome also to the staff and to your fellow students.

With joy then and fresh resolves for the future, let us reflect briefly on the great mystery of today’s liturgy. In the Scripture readings the whole significance of Christ’s Ascension is summarized for us. The richness of this mystery is spelled out in two statements: Jesus gave instructions, and then Jesus took his place.

In the providence of God – in the eternal design of the Father – the hour had come for Christ to go away. He would leave his Apostles behind, with his Mother Mary, but only after he had given them his instructions. The Apostles now had a mission to perform according to the instructions that Jesus left, and these instructions were in turn the faithful expression of the Father’s will.

The instructions indicated, above all, that the Apostles were to wait for the Holy Spirit, who was the gift of the Father. From the beginning, it had to be crystal-clear that the source of the Apostles’ strength is the Holy Spirit. It is the Holy Spirit who guides the Church in the way of truth; the Gospel is to spread through the power of God, and not by means of human wisdom or strength.

The Apostles, moreover, were instructed to teach – to proclaim the Good News to the whole world. And they were to baptise in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Like Jesus, they were to speak explicitly about the Kingdom of God and about salvation. The Apostles were to give witness to Christ to the ends of the earth. The early Church clearly understood these instructions and the missionary era began. And everybody knew that this missionary era could never end until the same Jesus, who went up to heaven, would come back again.

The words of Jesus became a treasure for the Church to guard and to proclaim, to meditate on and to rive. And at the same time, the Holy Spirit implanted in the Church an apostolic charism, in order to keep this revelation intact. Through his words Jesus was to live on in his Church: I am with you always. And so the whole ecclesial community became conscious of the need for fidelity to the instructions of Jesus, to the deposit of faith. This solicitude was to pass from generation to generation – down to our own day. And it was because of this principle that I spoke recently to your own Rectors, stating that the first priority for seminaries today is the teaching of God’s word in all its purity and integrity, with all its exigencies and in all its power. The word of God – and the word of God alone – is the basis for all ministry, for all pastoral activity, for all priestly action. The power of God’s word constituted the dynamic basis of the Second Vatican Council, and John XXIII pointed out clearly on the day it opened: ‘The greatest concern of the Ecumenical Council is this: that the sacred deposit of Christian doctrine should be more effectively guarded and taught’. And if the seminarians of this generation are to be adequately prepared to take on the heritage and challenge of this Council they must be trained above all in God’s word: in ‘the sacred deposit of Christian doctrine’   Yes, dear sons, our greatest challenge is to be faithful to the instructions of the Lord Jesus.

And the second reflection on the meaning of the Ascension is found in this phrase: Jesus took his place. After having undergone the humiliation of his passion and death, Jesus took his place at the right-hand of God; he took his place with his eternal Father. But he also entered heaven as our Head. Whereupon, in the expression of Leo the Great, the glory of the Head became the hope of the body. For all eternity Christ takes is place as the first-born among many brethren: our nature is with God in Christ. And as man, the Lord Jesus lives for ever to intercede for us with Father. At the same time, from his throne of glory, Jesus sends out to the whole Church a message of hope and a call to holiness.

Because of Christ’s merits, because of his intercession with the Father, we are able to attain justice and holiness of life, in him. The Church may indeed experience difficulties, the Gospel may suffer setbacks, but because Jesus is at the right-hand of the Father the Church will never know defeat. Christ’s victory is ours. The power of the glorified Christ, the beloved Son of the eternal Father, is superabundant, to sustain each of us and all of us in the fidelity of our dedication to God’s Kingdom and in the generosity of our celibacy. The efficacy of Christ’s Ascension touches all us in the concrete reality of our daily lives. Because of this mystery it is the vocation of the whole Church to wait in joyful hope for the coming of our Saviour, Jesus Christ.

Dear sons, be imbued with the hope that is so much a part of the mystery of the Ascension of Jesus. Be deeply conscious of Christ’s victory and triumph over sin and death. Realize that the strength of Christ is greater than our weakness, greater than the weakness of the whole world. Try to understand and share the joy that Mary experienced in knowing that her Son had taken his place with his Father, whom he loved infinitely. And renew your faith today in the promise of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has gone to prepare a place for us, so that he can come back again and take us to himself.

This is the mystery of the Ascension of our Head. Let us always remember: Jesus gave instructions, and then Jesus took his place. Amen.


The Paschal CandleToday sees the extinguishing, after the Gospel, of the Paschal Candle, which has burned during all Masses since Easter. At the conclusion of today’s Mass it is moved to stand close to the Baptismal Font during the rest of the year, being lit again only for Baptisms and for Funerals (where it stands at the head of the coffin)—signifying that the light of of Christ’s Resurrection is in our Christian life from start to finish.


Special Request

Your charitable prayers are requested for the repose of the soul of Rose Margaret Davies (my late mother) who’s anniversary falls on Sunday, 17th May.

I was with her when she passed from this earthly life to her eternal life with our Almighty Father, just as I had finished praying the office of Compline on the evening of the Feast of The Ascension of OLJC in 2012.

It is most appropriate that the office of Compline contains the words of the canticle of Simeon:

Nunc dimittis servum tuum, Domine
secundum verbum tuum in pace.

Quia viderunt oculi mei, salutare tuum
quod parasti ante faciem omnium populorum,

Lumen ad revelationem gentium, et gloriam plebis tuæ Israel.

Lord, lettest now thy servant depart in peace, according to thy Word.
For my eyes have seen Thy salvation, which Thou hast prepared before the face of all peoples.

A light to enlighten the gentiles and to be the glory of Thy people, Israel.

Requiem aeternam dona ei Domine, et lux perpetua luceat ei. Anima ei et animae omnium fidelium per misericordiam Dei requiescant in pace. Amen.

Please pray the following with me on Sunday, as Our Blessed Lady requested we pray for all the faithful departed:

Five times the Apostles Creed
One Salve Regina
One Pater Noster
One Ave Maria
One Gloria Patri
One Requiem Aeternam

And, as a personal request, the five Glorious Mysteries of the Most Holy Rosary.

‡ Peter.


 

Fifth Sunday after Easter 2015

Masses this week

Sunday 10 May: Fifth Sunday after Easter – Solemn Mass at 1.30pm
Monday 11 May: SS Philip & James, Apostles – Mass at 6.00pm
Tuesday 12 May: SS Nereus, Achilleus & Domitilla, Virgins & Martyrs & S Pancras, Martyr- Mass at 6.00pm
Wednesday 13 May: Vigil of the Ascension of the Lord – Mass at 6.00pm
Thursday 14 May: In Ascensione Domini – Solemn Mass at 6.00pm
Friday 15 May: St John Baptist de la Salle, Confessor – Mass at 6.00pm
Saturday 16 May: St Ubaldus, Bishop & Confessor – Mass at 6.00pm

All Masses are offered according to the Missale Romanum of 1962

Fifth Sunday after Easter

Introit

Declare it with the voice of joy, and make it known, alleluia: declare it even to the ends of the Earth: The Lord hath delivered His people, alleluia, alleluia (Ps 65:1-2)) Shout with joy to God, all the earth, sing ye a psalm to His Name: give glory to His praise. Glory be… Declare…

Collect

O God, From whom all good things do come, grant unto us, Thy suppliant people, that by Thine inspiration, we may think what is right, and under Thy guidance perform the same. Through Our Lord Jesus Christ, Thy Son…

Epistle (James 1:22-27)

Dearly beloved: Be ye doers of the word and not hearers only, deceiving your own selves. For if a man be a hearer of the word and not a doer, he shall be compared to a man beholding his own countenance in a glass: for he beheld himself and went his way, and presently forgot what manner of man he was. But he that hath looked into the perfect law of liberty and hath continued therein, not becoming a forgetful hearer but a doer of the work: this man shall be blessed in his deed. And if any man think himself to be religious, not bridling his tongue but deceiving his own heart, this man’s religion is vain. Religion clean and undefiled before God and the Father is this: To visit the fatherless and widows in their tribulation, and to keep one’s self unspotted from this world.

Alleluia, alleluia. Christ is risen, and hath shone upon us, whom He redeemed with His Blood. Alleluia. (John 16:28) I came forth from the Father, and am come into the world: again I leave the world and I go to the Father. Alleluia.

Gospel (John 16:23-30)

At that time Jesus said to His disciples: Amen, amen I say to you: If you ask the Father any thing in My Name, He will give it you. Hitherto you have not asked any thing in My Name: Ask, and you shall receive, that your joy may be full. These things I have spoken to you in proverbs. The hour cometh when I will no more speak to you in proverbs, but will show you plainly of the Father. In that day you shall ask in My Name: and I say not to you that I will ask the Father for you: for the Father Himself loveth you, because you have loved Me and have believed that I came out from God. I came forth from the Father and am come into the world; again I leave the world and I go to the Father. His disciples say to Him: Behold, now Thou speakest plainly and speakest no proverb. Now we know that Thou knowest all things and Thou needest not that any man should ask Thee: by this we believe that Thou camest forth from God.—Creed

Offertory (Ps 65:8-10)

O bless the Lord Our God, yte peoples, and make the voice of His praise to be heard: Who hath set my soul to live and hath not suffered my feet to be moved. Blessed be the Lord, who hath not turned away my prayer, nor His mercy from me, alleluia.

Secret

Accept, O Lord, the prayers of Thy faithful, together with the gifts they offer: that by these offices of loving devotion, we may enter into heavenly glory. Through Our Lord Jesus Christ, Thy Son…

Preface of Easter

It is truly meet and just, right and for our salvation at all times to praise Thee, O Lord, but more gloriously at this time above others when Christ our Pasch was sacrificed. For He is the true Lamb who hath taken away the sins of the world: Who by rising again hath restored us to life. And therefore with Angels and Archangels, with Thrones and Dominations, and with all the hosts of the heavenly army, we sing the hymn of Thy glory, evermore saying:—Sanctus

Communion (Ps 95:2)

Sing to the Lord, alleluia; sing unto the Lord, and bless His Name; show forth His salvation from day to day, alleluia, alleluia.

Postcommunion

Grant to us, O Lord, that filled with strength from this heavenly Table, we may both desire what is right and obtain that which we desire. Through Our Lord Jesus Christ…


Thought for the Week

But He wants our hearts; ut inter mundanas varietates ibi fixa sint corda ubi vera sunt gaudia, our hearts must there be fixed, where are pure joys, before we can begin to see Earth in its right perspective. We must be weaned away from earth first; and the means by which He does that is Holy Communion. That is the medicine which enables the enfeebled soul to look steadily at the divine light, to breathe deeply of the unfamiliar air. I wonder is that why some of us are so frightened of Holy Communion, because we still cling to the world of sense? It is certain that Catholics are most apt to neglect Communion just when they need it most; in the spring-time of youth, when the blood is hot, and the passions strong, and ambition dominates us. Why is that, unless that we are more wedded, when we are young, to the desires that perish? I wonder is that why so many of us who go often to Communion find that it makes, apparently, little difference to us; that we are still as full of bad habits as we were ten or fifteen years ago, that our lives, if anything, compare unfavourably with the lives of others, who have not our opportunities for going to Communion frequently? Is it perhaps because, all the time, we are shrinking from the act of confidence which would throw the whole burden of our lives on Our Lord; do not want Holy Communion to have its proper effect on us, which is to make the joys and distractions of this world have less meaning and appeal for us?

We must not expect Him to work the marvels of His Grace in us, if we oppose its action by the stubbornness of our own wills still clinging to self and sense.

Oh, if we could only realize that the Holy Eucharist is panis fortium, the Bread of the strong! That it is meant to energize us and vitalize us, not merely to discipline and to soothe us! Let us pray Our Blessed Lady and all the saints of the Blessed Sacrament to win for us, in these times that are so difficult, so dark for the future of religion, more generosity in our dealings with God, more boldness and imaginativeness in the graces we ask from Him… May the grace of this holy Feast be new life, new energy, new adventurousness to us all.

R A Knox, “The Window in the Wall”


Special Request

Your charitable prayers are requested for the repose of the soul of Rose Margaret Davies (my late mother) who’s anniversary falls on Sunday next, 17th May.

I was with her when she passed from this earthly life to her eternal life with our Almighty Father, just as I had finished praying the office of Compline on the evening of the Feast of The Ascension of OLJC in 2012.

It is most appropriate that the office of Compline contains the words of the canticle of Simeon:

Nunc dimittis servum tuum, Domine
secundum verbum tuum in pace.

Quia viderunt oculi mei, salutare tuum
quod parasti ante faciem omnium populorum,

Lumen ad revelationem gentium, et gloriam plebis tuæ Israel.

Lord, lettest now thy servant depart in peace, according to thy Word.
For my eyes have seen Thy salvation, which Thou hast prepared before the face of all peoples.

A light to enlighten the gentiles and to be the glory of Thy people, Israel.

Requiem aeternam dona ei Domine, et lux perpetua luceat ei. Anima ei et animae omnium fidelium per misericordiam Dei requiescant in pace. Amen.

Please pray the following with me on Sunday, as Our Blessed Lady requested we pray for all the faithful departed:

Five times the Apostles Creed
One Salve Regina
One Pater Noster
One Ave Maria
One Gloria Patri
One Requiem Aeternam

And, as a personal request, the five Glorious Mysteries of the Most Holy Rosary.

‡ Peter.


 

Fourth Sunday after Easter 2015

Masses this week

Sunday 3 May: Fourth Sunday after Easter – Solemn Mass at 6.00pm
Monday 4 May: St Monica, Widow – Mass at 6.00pm
Tuesday 5 May: St Pius V, Pope & Conf – Solemn Mass at 6.00pm
Wednesday 6 May: St John the Apostle before the Latin Gate- Mass at 6.00pm
Thursday 7 May: St Stanislaus, Bp & M – Mass at 6.00pm
Friday 8 May: Apparition of St Michael – Mass at 6.00pm
Saturday 9 May: St Gregory Nazianzi, Bp, Conf & Eccl Doc – Mass at 6.00pm

All Masses are offered according to the Missale Romanum of 1962

Fourth Sunday after Easter

Introit

Sing ye to the Lord a new canticle, alleluia, for the Lord hath done wonderful things, alleluia; He hath revealed His justice in the sight of the Gentiles, alleluia, alleluia, alleluia (Ps 97:1) His right hand, and His holy arm, hath Gotten Him the victory. Glory be… Sing ye…

Collect

O God, who makest the faithful to be of one mind and will: grant to Thy people to love that which Thou dost command and to desire that which Thou dost promise, that amid the changes of the world, our hearts may there be fixed where true joys are to be found. Through Our Lord Jesus Christ, Thy Son…

Epistle (James 1:17:21)

Dearly beloved: Every best gift and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights, with whom there is no change nor shadow of alteration. For of His own will hath He begotten us by the word of truth, that we might be some beginning of His creature. You know, my dearest brethren. And let every man be swift to hear but slow to speak and slow to anger. For the anger of man worketh not the justice of God. Wherefore, casting away all uncleanness and abundance of naughtiness, with meekness receive the ingrafted word, which is able to save your souls.

Alleluia, alleluia. (Ps 117:16) The right hand of the Lord hath wrought strength, the right hand of the Lord hath exalted me. Alleluia. (Rom 6:9) Christ, rising from the dead, dieth now no more: death shall no more have dominion over Him. Alleluia.

Gospel (John 16:5-14)

At that time Jesus said to His disciples: I go to Him that sent Me: and none of you asketh Me: Whither goest Thou? But because I have spoken these things to you, sorrow hath filled your heart. But I tell you the truth: It is expedient to you that I go; for if I go not, the Paraclete will not come to you: but if I go, I will send Him to you. And when He is come, He will convince the world of sin, and of justice and of judgement. Of sin, because they believed not in Me: and of justice, because I go to the Father, and you shall see Me no longer: and of judgment, because the prince of this world is already judged. I have yet many things to say to you, but you cannot bear them now. But when He, the Spirit of truth, is come, He will teach you all truth. For He shall not speak of Himself: but what things soever He shall hear He shall speak, and the things that are to come, He shall show you. He shall glorify Me: because He shall receive of Mine and shall show it to you.—Creed

Offertory (Ps 65:1-2, 16)

Shout with joy to God, all the earth, sing ye a psalm to His Name: come and hear, and I will tell you, all ye that fear God, what great things the Lord hath done for my soul, alleluia.

Secret

O God, who by the holy intercourse of this Sacrifice dost make us partakers of the One Supreme Godhead: grant, we beseech Thee, that as we know Thy truth, so we may follow it by worthy lives. Through Our Lord Jesus Christ, Thy Son…

Preface of Easter

It is truly meet and just, right and for our salvation at all times to praise Thee, O Lord, but more gloriously at this time above others when Christ our Pasch was sacrificed. For He is the true Lamb who hath taken away the sins of the world: Who by rising again hath restored us to life. And therefore with Angels and Archangels, with Thrones and Dominations, and with all the hosts of the heavenly army, we sing the hymn of Thy glory, evermore saying:—Sanctus

Communion (John 16:8)

When the Paraclete, the Spirit of truth, is come, He will convince the world of sin, and of justice and of judgement, alleluia, alleluia.

Postcommunion

Be present with us, O Lord our God, that by means of these things which we have received in faith, we may be cleansed from our sins and also delivered from all dangers. Through Our Lord Jesus Christ…


Thought for the Week

We are always wanting this and that; and though we may have our sweet Jesus on our breast, we are not content; yet this is all we can desire. One thing is necessary for us, which is to be with Him. Tell me: you know well that at the birth of Our Lord, the shepherds heard the angelic and divine hymns of those heavenly spirits—the Scripture says so, yet it is not said that Our Lady and St Joseph, who were the closest to the Child, heard the voice of the angels, or saw that miraculous light; on the contrary, instead of hearing these angels they heard the Child weep, and saw, by a little light borrowed from some wretched lamp, the eyes of this Divine Child all filled with tears and faint under the rigour of the cold. Well, I ask you, in good sooth, would you not have chosen to have been in the stable, dark and filled with the cries of the little Baby, rather than to be with the shepherds, thrilling with joy and delight, in the sweetness of this heavenly music, and the beauty of this admirable light?.

St Francis de Sales


The National Catholic Church offers its warmest and sincerest congratulations to Their Royal Highnesses The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and HRH Prince George of Cambridge, to HRH The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall and to HM The Queen and HRH The Duke of Edinburgh on the birth of HRH The Princess of Cambridge.


Tuesday 5th May is the Feast of St Pius V, Pope and Confessor, by whose Bull Quo Primum of 1570 the definitive Missale Romanum was promulgated. This Missal remained in use, with some minor revisions, within the Roman Catholic Church for some 400 years and is the preferred usage of the National Catholic Church.

In his Motu Proprio “Summorum Pontificum” Pope Benedict XVI reminded us that, even with the post-Vatican II changes in the Roman Church, the Mass of Pius V had never been abrogated and made it even more possible for the “Old Mass” to be available to any of the faithful. Some of the NCC are also members of the Latin Mass Society of England and Wales and are particularly pleased to note that the Roman Catholic Bishops of England and Wales have taken the Pope-emeritus’ words to heart and are not only encouraging the traditional Latin Mass, but in many cases are participating actively in it.  The Mass on this day is offered firstly for the intention of further promotion of the use of the “Extraordinary Form” and secondly to give thanks to Almighty God for the encouragement being given by our brother Bishops in the Roman Catholic Church in England and Wales.