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
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…
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.
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.
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.