Second Sunday after Easter 2020 (Good Shepherd Sunday)

Dominica Secunda post Pascha (Good Shepherd Sunday)

Masses this Week

ALL MASSES AND SERVICES ARE LIVE STREAMED ON THE NCCUKI Facebook Page

Sunday 26 April: Dominica Secunda post Pascha (Good Shepherd Sunday) – Solemn Mass at 11.00am (Pro Populi); Rosary for Deliverance from the Coronavirus (Glorious Mysteries) and Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament at 6pm
Monday 27 April: S Peter Canisius, Conf & Doct Eccl – No Mass
Tuesday 28 April: S Paul of the Cross, Conf – No Mass
Wednesday 29 April: S Peter, M – No Mass
Thursday 30 April: S Catherine of Siena, V  – No Mass
Friday 1 May: S Joseph the Worker, Spouse of the BVMFirst Friday: Holy Hour with Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament, Rosary for Deliverance from the Coronavirus (Sorrowful Mysteries) and Mass at 6pm
Saturday 2 May: S Athanasius, Ep, Conf & Doct EcclFirst Saturday: Rosary in Reparation to the Blessed Mother for blasphemies against her, her name and her holy initiatives (Glorious Mysteries) and Mass at 6pm (Private Intention)

All Masses are offered according to the 1962 Missale Romanum.

Mass Intentions may be sent by email to Archbishop Peter
at archbishop@nationalcatholic.org.uk

Click here for the Propers for all Sunday and Weekday Masses, which may be viewed online or downloaded for printing.


This Sunday’s Mass Propers:

Introit: Ps 32:5-6

The earth is full of the goodness of the Lord, alleluia: by the word of the Lord were the heavens made, alleluia alleluia – (Ps32:1) Rejoice in the Lord, O ye righteous: praise is comely for the upright. Glory be… The earth is full…

Collects

O God, who, by the humility of Thy Son, didst lift up a fallen world, grant unending happintess to Thy faithful: that those whom Thou has snatched from the perils of endless death, Thu mayest cause to rejoice in everlasting joys. Through Our Lord Jesus Christ, Thy Son, who liveth…

Epistle: 1 Peter 2:21-25

For unto this are you called: because Christ also suffered for us, leaving you an example that you should follow his steps. Who did no sin, neither was guile found in his mouth. Who, when he was reviled, did not revile: when he suffered, he threatened not: but delivered himself to him that judged him unjustly. Who his own self bore our sins in his body upon the tree: that we, being dead to sins, should live to justice: by whose stripes you were healed. For you were as sheep going astray; but you are now converted to the shepherd and bishop of your souls.

Alleluia

Alleluia, alleluia. (Luke 24:35) The disciples knew the Lord Jesus in the breaking of bread. Alleluia. (John 10:14) I am the good Shepherd: and I know My sheep, and Mine know Me. Alleluia.

Gospel: John 10:11-16

Bernhard Plockhorst (1825-1907): The Good Shepherd - Public Domain

I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd giveth his life for his sheep. But the hireling, and he that is not the shepherd, whose own the sheep are not, seeth the wolf coming, and leaveth the sheep, and flieth: and the wolf catcheth, and scattereth the sheep: And the hireling flieth, because he is a hireling: and he hath no care for the sheep. I am the good shepherd; and I know mine, and mine know me. As the Father knoweth me, and I know the Father: and I lay down my life for my sheep. And other sheep I have, that are not of this fold: them also I must bring, and they shall hear my voice, and there shall be one fold and one shepherd.—Creed

Offertory: Ps 62: 2, 5

O God, my God, to Thee do I watch at break of day: and in Thy Name I will lift up my hands, alleluia.

Secret

May this holy offering, O LOrd, always bring to us Thy healing blessing: that what it represents in a Mysteriy, it may accomplish with power. Through Our Lord Jesus Christ, Thy Son…

Preface for 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 Lam who hath taken away the sins of the world: Who by dying hath destroyed our death; and 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 10:14

I am the good Shepherd, alleluia: and I know My sheep, and Mine know Me, alleluia, alleluia.

Postcommunion

Grant unto us, we beseech Thee, almighty God, that having received the grace of a new life, we may ever glory in Thy gift. Through Our Lord Jesus Christ, Thy Son…


Meditiation by St John Henry Newman on this Sunday’s Gospel

An extract from a Sermon preached by St John Henry Newman during his Anglican Period, dating from between 1843 and 1869.

“The good Shepherd giveth His life for the sheep.” In those countries of the East where our Lord appeared, the office of a shepherd is not only a lowly and simple office, and an office of trust, as it is with us, but, moreover, an office of great hardship and of peril. Our flocks are exposed to no enemies, such as our Lord describes. The Shepherd here has no need to prove his fidelity to the sheep by encounters with fierce beasts of prey. The hireling shepherd is not tried. But where our Lord dwelt in the days of His flesh it was otherwise. There it was true that the good Shepherd giveth His life for the sheep—”but he that is an hireling, and whose own the sheep are not, seeth the wolf coming, and leaveth the sheep, and fleeth, and the wolf catcheth them and scattereth the sheep. The hireling fleeth, because he is an hireling, and careth not for the sheep.”

St John Henry Newman Cong. Orat. (1801-1890) – Parocial and Plain Sermons Vol VIII


Notices

Private Retreat

I am spending Monday to Thursday of this week in private Retreat. There will be no live stream of Mass or Rosary during that time; I ask you all to continue to pray the Rosary each day at 6pm for Deliverance from the Coronavirus and to pray for me and all the Clergy of the Church, for all who are sick from the coronavirus, those who are caring for them, and for those who have died as a result, for their families and their friends.

Live Streaming of Mass and the Holy Rosary

Live Streaming of Mass, the Holy Rosary and other Services will continue on the Church’s Facebook Page after my Retreat, from Friday 1st May. Moving forward, there will be some days when a live stream is not possible, announcements will be made on Facebook. On those days, please pray the Rosary privately for deliverance from the coronavirus pandemic.

With the live streaming of The Holy Sacrifice of The Mass, there is the opportunity to make a daily Spiritual Communion whilst under to the current lockdown and social isolation situations where we are not able to physically be present for the offering of The Holy Sacrifice of The Mass:

My Jesus, I believe that you are present in the most Blessed Sacrament.
I love You above all things and I desire to receive You into my soul.
Since I cannot now receive You sacramentally, come at least spiritually into my heart.
I embrace You as if You were already there, and unite myself wholly to You.
Never permit me to be separated from You.
Amen.

We have already had daily views and post engagements into the hundreds – from around the world – without any overt publicity on our part: let us all pray that others will be inspired to join us in what we hope may become the biggest Rosary Circle ever. We would invite you to “Like” and “Follow” our Facebook Page so that you can be updated on Church activities.

Those recently deceased

Of your charity, please remember in your prayers those personally known to me who have died either during the course of, or as a result of, the coronavirus pandemic:

Paul Benjamin Carrington
Jean Seamark
Chris Robinson
Bryan King

Requiem æternam dona ei, Domine
Et lux perpetua luceat ei
Fideliam animæ ei, et fidelis animæ omnium defunctorum
per misericordiam Dei
Requiescant in Pace
Amen

Please feel free to advise me of the names of any family members or friends who have sadly died either during or as a result of the coronavirus pandemic (together with their date of death): their names will be added to the list and they will be remembered at Mass, this may be done via the email link towards the top of the post, along with any other Mass intentions or prayer requests.


Please remember:

Stay safe

Stay at home: Help the Health Services: Save Lives

Don’t be a #covidiot

With all blessings

‡ Peter

First Sunday after Easter 2020

Domenica in Albis in Octava Paschae (Low Sunday)

Masses this Week

ALL MASSES AND SERVICES ARE LIVE STREAMED ON THE NCCUKI Facebook Page

Sunday 19 April: Domenica in Albis (Low Sunday) – Rosary for Deliverance from the Coronavirus (Glorious Mysteries) and Solemn Mass at 6pm
(Pro Populi)
Monday 20 April: Feria – Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament
Rosary for Deliverance from the Coronavirus (Joyful Mysteries) and Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament at 6.30pm
Tuesday 21 April: S Anselm, Ep, Conf & Doct Eccl – Rosary for Deliverance from the Coronavirus (Sorrowful Mysteries) and Mass at 6pm
(HM Queen Elizabeth II on her 94th Birthday)
Wednesday 22 April: SS Soter & Caius, PP MM – Rosary for Deliverance from the Coronavirus (Glorious Mysteries) and Mass at 6pm
(Private Intention)
Thursday 23 April: S George, M, Patron of England and Patron of Scouting – Rosary for Deliverance from the Coronavirus (Joyful Mysteries) and Mass at 6pm
(All Members of Scouting throughout the World).
Following Holy Mass, all Members of Scouting are invited to renew their Scout Promise with Archbishop Peter.
Friday 24 April: S Fidelis of Sigmaringen, M – Rosary for Deliverance from the Coronavirus (Sorrowful Mysteries) and Mass at 6pm
(John Davies RIP 1998)
Saturday 25 April: St Mark the Evangelist – Rosary for Deliverance from the Coronavirus (Glorious Mysteries) and Mass at 6pm (Private Intention)

All Masses are offered according to the 1962 Missale Romanum.

Mass Intentions may be sent by email to Archbishop Peter
at archbishop@nationalcatholic.org.uk

Click here for the Propers for all Sunday and Weekday Masses, which may be viewed online or downloaded for printing.


This Sunday’s Mass Propers:

Introit: 1 Peter 2:2

As newborn babes, alleluia, desire the rational milk without guile, alleluia, alleluia, alleluia – (Ps 80:2) Rejoice to God our Helper; sing aloud to the God of Jacob. Glory be… As newborn babes…

Collect

Grant, we beseech Thee, almighty God, that we who have celebrated the Paschal Feast, may, by Thy bounty, retain its fruits in our daily habits and behaviour. Through Our Lord Jesus Christ, Thy Son, who liveth…

Epistle: 1 John 5:4-10

Dearly beloved, whatsoever is born of God, overcometh the world: and this is the victory which overcometh the world, our faith. Who is he that overcometh the world, but he that believeth that Jesus is the Son of God? This is he that came by water and blood, Jesus Christ: not by water only, but by water and blood. And it is the Spirit which testifieth, that Christ is the truth. And there are three who give testimony in heaven, the Father, the Word, and the Holy Ghost. And these three are one. And there are three that give testimony on earth: the spirit, and the water, and the blood: and these three are one. If we receive the testimony of men, the testimony of God is greater. For this is the testimony of God, which is greater, because he hath testified of his Son. He that believeth in the Son of God, hath the testimony of God in himself. He that believeth not the Son, maketh him a liar: because he believeth not in the testimony which God hath testified of his Son.

Alleluia

Alleluia, alleluia.(Matt 28:7) On the day of My Resurrection, saith the Lord, I will go before you into Galilee. Alleluia. (John 20:26) After eight days, the doors being shut, Jesus stood in the midst of His disciples and said: Peace be to you. Alleluia.

Gospel: John 20:19-31

doubting_thomas1At that time, when it was late that same day, the first of the week, and the doors were shut, where the disciples were gathered together, for fear of the Jews, Jesus came and stood in the midst, and said to them: Peace be to you. And when he had said this, he shewed them his hands and his side. The disciples therefore were glad, when they saw the Lord. He said therefore to them again: Peace be to you. As the Father hath sent me, I also send you. When he had said this, he breathed on them; and he said to them: Receive ye the Holy Ghost. Whose sins you shall forgive, they are forgiven them; and whose sins you shall retain, they are retained. Now Thomas, one of the twelve, who is called Didymus, was not with them when Jesus came. The other disciples therefore said to him: We have seen the Lord. But he said to them: Except I shall see in his hands the print of the nails, and put my finger into the place of the nails, and put my hand into his side, I will not believe. And after eight days again his disciples were within, and Thomas with them. Jesus cometh, the doors being shut, and stood in the midst, and said: Peace be to you. Then he saith to Thomas: Put in thy finger hither, and see my hands; and bring hither thy hand, and put it into my side; and be not faithless, but believing. Thomas answered, and said to him: My Lord, and my God. Jesus saith to him: Because thou hast seen me, Thomas, thou hast believed: blessed are they that have not seen, and have believed. Many other signs also did Jesus in the sight of his disciples, which are not written in this book. But these are written, that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God: and that believing, you may have life in his name. —Creed

Offertory: Matt 28: 2, 5-6

An Angel of the Lord descended from heaven and said to the women: He whom you seek is risen, as He said, alleluia.

Secret

Receive, we beseech Thee, O Lord, the gifts of Thine exultant Church: and to her whom Thou has given cause for so great joy, grant the fruit of perpetual happiness. Through Our Lord Jesus Christ, Thy Son…

Preface for 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 Lam who hath taken away the sins of the world: Who by dying hath destroyed our death; and 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 20:27

Put in thy hand, and know the place of the nails, alleluia; and be not faithless, but believing, alleluia, alleluia.

Postcommunion

We beseech Thee, O Lord Our God, to make the most holy Mysteries which Thou has given us as a defence of our renewal, a remedy for us now and in the future. Through Our Lord Jesus Christ, Thy Son…


Meditiation by St John Henry Newman on this Sunday’s Gospel

I ADORE Thee, O my God, with Thomas; and if I have, like him, sinned through unbelief, I adore Thee the more. I adore Thee as the One Adorable, I adore Thee as more glorious in Thy humiliation, when men despised Thee, than when Angels worshipped Thee. Deus meus et omnia—”My God and my all.” To have Thee is to have everything I can have. O my Eternal Father, give me Thyself. I dared not have made so bold a request, it would have been presumption, unless Thou hadst encouraged me. Thou hast put it into my mouth, Thou hast clothed Thyself in my nature, Thou hast become my Brother, Thou hast died as other men die, only in far greater bitterness, that, instead of my eyeing Thee fearfully from afar, I might confidently draw near to Thee. Thou dost speak to me as Thou didst speak to Thomas, and dost beckon me to take hold of Thee. My God and my all, what could I say more than this, if I spoke to all eternity! I am full and abound and overflow, when I have Thee; but without Thee I am nothing—I wither away, I dissolve and perish. My Lord and my God, my God and my all, give me Thyself and nothing else.

Thomas came and touched Thy sacred wounds. O will the day ever come when I shall be allowed actually and visibly to kiss them? What a day will that be when I am thoroughly cleansed from all impurity and sin, and am fit to draw near to my Incarnate God in His palace of light above! what a morning, when having done with all penal suffering, I see Thee for the first time with these very eyes of mine, I see Thy countenance, gaze upon Thy eyes and gracious lips without quailing, and then kneel down with joy to kiss Thy feet, and am welcomed into Thy arms. O my only true Lover, the only Lover of my soul, Thee will I love now, that I may love Thee then. What a day, a long day without ending, the day of eternity, when I shall be so unlike what I am now, when I feel in myself a body of death, and am perplexed and distracted with ten thousand thoughts, any one of which would keep me from heaven. O my Lord, what a day when I shall have done once for all with all sins, venial as well as mortal, and shall stand perfect and acceptable in Thy sight, able to bear Thy presence, nothing shrinking from Thy eye, not shrinking from the pure scrutiny of Angels and Archangels, when I stand in the midst and they around me!

O my God, though I am not fit to see or touch Thee yet, still I will ever come within Thy reach, and desire that which is not yet given me in its fullness. O my Saviour, Thou shalt be my sole God!—I will have no Lord but Thee. I will break to pieces all idols in my heart which rival Thee. I will have nothing but Jesus and Him crucified. It shall be my life to pray to Thee, to offer myself to Thee, to keep  Thee before me, to worship Thee in Thy holy Sacrifice, and to surrender myself to Thee in Holy Communion.

Saint John Henry Newman Cong. Orat. (1801-1890) – Meditations and Devotions


Notices

Live Streaming of Mass and the Holy Rosary

The link just above the calendar for the week points to the National Catholic Church of the United Kingdom and Ireland’s Facebook Page, where each day I lead the recitation of the Holy Rosary, followed by Holy Mass on a live stream from my private chapel. On some days, there is instead Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament followed by recitation of the Holy Rosary and Benediction.

Our Blessed Lady is the Mediatrix of All Graces; therefore we beseech her to intercede for us before Almighty God for deliverance from the pestilence of the Coronavirus; that He will grant His strength and grace to those who are suffering because of the virus; He will stand with all our emergency workers – doctors, nurses, paramedics, ancilliary staff in our hospitals, and those care workers who tirelessly look after the vulnerable; and that He will grant eternal and peaceful rest to those who have died as a result of the pandemic forgiving their sins so that they may enjoy their eternal reward.

The pattern for the Holy Rosary each day is: Mondays and Thursdays – the Joyful Mysteries; Tuesdays and Fridays – the Sorrowful Mysteries; Wednesdays, Saturdays and Sundays – the Glorious Mysteries.

Each Mystery of the Holy Rosary is preceded by a brief meditation from Fr Patrick Peyton – “The Rosary Priest” and these are on a different theme each day.

With the live streaming of The Holy Sacrifice of The Mass, there is also the opportunity to make a daily Spiritual Communion whilst due to the current lockdown and social isolation situations:

My Jesus, I believe that you are present in the most Blessed Sacrament.
I love You above all things and I desire to receive You into my soul.
Since I cannot now receive You sacramentally, come at least spiritually into my heart.
I embrace You as if You were already there, and unite myself wholly to You.
Never permit me to be separated from You.
Amen.

We have already had daily views and post engagements into the hundreds – from around the world – without any overt publicity on our part: let us all pray that others will be inspired to join us in what we hope may become the biggest Rosary Circle ever.

Those recently deceased

Of your charity, please remember in your prayers those personally known to me who have died either during the course of, or as a result of, the coronavirus pandemic:

Paul Benjamin Carrington
Jean Seamark
Chris Robinson
Bryan King

Requiem æternam dona ei, Domine
Et lux perpetua luceat ei
Fideliam animæ ei, et fidelis animæ omnium defunctorum
per misericordiam Dei
Requiescant in Pace
Amen


Please remember:

Stay safe

Stay at home: Help the NHS: Save Lives

Don’t be a #covidiot

With all blessings

‡ Peter

II Sunday of the Passion of the Lord or Palm Sunday 2018

Masses This Week

Sunday 25 March – Domenica II In Passionis seu Palmis – Solemn Mass at 6.00pm (Pro Populi)

Monday 26 March – Feria Secunda in Hebdomadæ Sanctae (I Classis) – Mass at 6.00pm (Private Intention)

Tuesday 27 March– Feria Tertia in Hebdomadæ Sanctæ (I Classis) – Mass at 6.00pm (Private Intention)

Wednesday 28 March – Feria Quarta in Hebdomadæ Sanctæ (I Classis) – Mass at 6.00pm (Private Intention)

Thursday 29 March – Maundy Thursday (I Classis) – Chrism Mass at 10.30am; Solemn Evening Mass of the Lord’s Supper at 7.00pm followed by the Solemn Translation and Reposition of the Blessed Sacrament and Stripping of the Altars

Friday 30 March – Good Friday (I Classis) – Solemn Liturgical Action of the Passion and Death of Our Lord Jesus Christ – 3.00pm

Saturday 31 March – Holy Saturday – Easter Vigil at 8.00pm followed by the Solemn Vigil Mass of Easter

Sunday 1 April – Easter Sunday – Solemn Mass at 6.00pm (Pro Populi)

All Masses and other Services are offered according to the Missale Romanum
of 1962

 

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Christ Crucified – Diego Velazquez, c1632. Public Domain

Thought for the Week

It is the death of the Eternal Word of God made flesh, which is our great lesson how to think and how to speak of this world. His Cross has put its due value upon every thing which we see, upon all fortunes, all advantages, all ranks, all dignities, all pleasures; upon the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life. It has set a price upon the excitements, the rivalries, the hopes, the fears, the desires, the efforts, the triumphs of mortal man. It has given a meaning to the various, shifting course, the trials, the temptations, the sufferings, of his earthly state. It has brought together and made consistent all that seemed discordant and aimless. It has taught us how to live, how to use this world, what to expect, what to desire, what to hope. It is the tone into which all the strains of this world’s music are ultimately to be resolved.

Blessed John Henry Newman: Sermons and Devotions

 

‡ Peter.


Pentecost or Whit Sunday 2016

Masses This Week

Sunday 15 May – Pentecost or Whit Sunday (I Class with Octave of the I Class) (Statio ad S. Petrum) – Solemn Mass at 3.00pm (Pro populi); Rosary and Benediction at 6.00pm
Monday 16 May – Monday in the Octave of Pentecost (Statio ad S. Petrum ad Vincula) – Mass at 6.00pm (Private Intention)
Tuesday 17 May – Tuesday in the Octave of Pentecost (Statio ad S. Anastasiam)  – Mass at 6.00pm (Rose Margaret Davies RIP (2012))
Wednesday 18 May – Wednesday in the Octave of Pentecost (Statio ad S. Mariam maiorem) – Mass at 6.00pm (Private Intention)
Thursday 19 May – Thursday in the Octave of Pentecost (Statio ad S. Laurentium extra muros) – Mass at 6.00pm (Private Intention)
Friday 20 May – Friday in the Octave of Pentecost (Statio ad Ss. Duodecim Apostolos) – Mass at 6.00pm (Private Intention)
Saturday 21 May – Saturday in the Octave of Pentecost  (Statio ad S. Petrum) – Mass at 6.00pm (Private Intention) followed by First Vespers of Trinity Sunday
Sunday 22 May – The Octave Day of Pentecost: Feast of the Most Blessed Trinity – Solemn Mass at 11.00am (Pro populi); Rosary and Benediction at 6.00pm

All Masses are offered according to the Missale Romanum of 1962

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)

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

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

When our Lord entered upon His Ministry, He acted as though He were a mere man, needing grace, and received the consecration of the Holy Spirit for our sakes. He became the Christ, or Anointed, that the Spirit might be seen to come from God, and to pass from Him to us. And, therefore, the heavenly Gift is not simply called the Holy Ghost, or the Spirit of God, but the Spirit of Christ, that we might clearly understand, that He comes to us from and instead of Christ. Thus St. Paul says, “God hath sent forth the Spirit of His Son into your hearts;” and our Lord breathed on His Apostles, saying, “Receive ye the Holy Ghost;” and He says elsewhere to them, “If I depart, I will send Him unto you.” [Gal. iv. 6. John xx. 22; xvi. 7.] Accordingly this “Holy Spirit of promise” is called “the earnest of our inheritance,” “the seal and earnest of an Unseen Saviour;” [Eph. i. 14. 2 Cor. i. 22; v. 5.] being the present pledge of Him who is absent,—or rather more than a pledge, for an earnest is not a mere token which will be taken from us when it is fulfilled, as a pledge might be, but a something in advance of what is one day to be given in full.

Blessed John Henry Newman: Sermons and Devotions

A Little Bit of History…

You may have noticed in the calendar for the next week (at the top of this post) the words Statio ad S. … – which indicate the Church in Rome (before the exile of the Popes to Avignon) where the Pope and the faithful would offer the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass. There was a solemn procession to that Church, and the procession stopped (statio) at the Church named. So for the Feast of Pentecost, for example, the procession would  have gone from the Basilica of St John Lateran (the Cathedra of the Bishop of Rome, the Pope) to the Basilica of St Peter in the Vatican, where the Mass was offered. If the day was also the Feast Day of a particular Saint, the procession would proceed via that Saint’s Church in Rome.

At the Lateran Basilica there would be an assembly called a Collecta (we take our word Collect from it), then a procession with the Cross at the head, with psalms being sung and the Litany of the Saints.

To this day, before the Mass begins, the sacred ministers gather in formation with the Cross facing them, waiting for the priest (and deacon and subdeacon if a High Mass is to be offered) to join the procession. This waiting is called the Statio, which is sometimes done in the parish hall on Sundays and great  feasts, but which normally takes place in the Sacristy.

On some days of the year these Stations were penitential, such as during Advent, Lent and Ember days and on vigils, or at special times when there were chastisements going on such as war, pestilence or famine. There were also joyful Stations, such as those that fell on Sundays or on great feast days. There were seven principal churches of Rome where the Stations were most frequent: St. John in the Lateran, St. Peter in the Vatican, St. Mary Major, St. Paul Outside the Walls, St. Lawrence Outside the Walls, The Holy Cross in Jerusalem, and St. Sebastian Outside the Walls.

The arrangement of the Stations was completed by St. Gregory the Great, and for the first time written into the Sacramentary, and later in the Missal. The present day arrangement comes from him, though a few churches received their station-days from later popes.

When the popes left Rome for Avignon (1305-1309 A.D.), they no longer took part in the Stations. But the Stations were still kept, and the relics of the saints on that particular day were venerated. Of all the penitential processions, the greatest was on St. Mark’s day (April 25), and is simply called the “Major Litanies”. The “Minor Litanies” refers to the processions made through the fields and farms three days before the Ascension.


I must apologise for the lack of updates on the Parish Website since Easter: I have been seriously unwell for some months, and although now recovering still have a way to go. During that time I have been barely able to function, let alone offer Mass and only occasionally to pray the Office. May I humbly ask for your charitable prayers for me, that the Lord may aid my continued recovery and give me the strength and grace to try and return life to as normal as it can be.

This Tuesday, 17th May, is the anniversary of the death of my dear mother, Mrs Margaret Davies and that day’s Mass will be offered for the repose of her soul.  Your charitable prayers are requested for the repose of her soul. Requiem æternam dona ei, Domine, et lux perpetua luceat ei. Animam eiam, et animæ omnium fidelium defunctorum, per misericordiam Dei requiescant in pace, Amen.

Starting soon, as an experiment, I am going to try and either broadcast a live stream of Sunday Mass or to make a video recording of the Mass to be uploaded to the website later in the day. At the moment I am not sure how I am going to achieve this from a technical point of view but will experiment during the week and see how it can be done.

‡ Peter.


First Sunday after Easter 2016

Domenica in Albis in Octava Paschae (Low Sunday)

Masses this Week

Sunday 3 April: Domenica in Albis (Low Sunday) – Solemn Mass at 6pm (Pro Populi)
Monday 4 April: The Annunciation of Our Lord Jesus Christ to The Blessed Virgin Mary (translated from Good Friday) – Solemn Mass at 6pm (Mother Mary Angelica of the Annunciation PCPA, RIP)
Tuesday 5 April: S Vincent Ferreri, Conf – Mass at 6pm (Private Intention)
Wednesday 6 April: Feria – Mass at 6pm (Robert Banfield RIP)
Thursday 7 April: Feria – Mass at 6pm (Private Intention)
Friday 8 April: Feria – Mass at 6pm (Private Intention)
Saturday 9 April: Our Lady’s Saturday – Votive Mass of the BVM at 6pm (Private Intention)

All Masses are offered according to the 1962 Missale Romanum.

Introit: 1 Peter 2:2

As newborn babes, alleluia, desire the rational milk without guile, alleluia, alleluia, alleluia – (Ps 80:2) Rejoice to God our Helper; sing aloud to the God of Jacob. Glory be… As newborn babes…

Collect

Grant, we beseech Thee, almighty God, that we who have celebrated the Paschal Feast, may, by Thy bounty, retain its fruits in our daily habits and behaviour. Through Our Lord Jesus Christ, Thy Son, who liveth…

Epistle: 1 John 5:4-10

Dearly beloved, whatsoever is born of God, overcometh the world: and this is the victory which overcometh the world, our faith. Who is he that overcometh the world, but he that believeth that Jesus is the Son of God? This is he that came by water and blood, Jesus Christ: not by water only, but by water and blood. And it is the Spirit which testifieth, that Christ is the truth. And there are three who give testimony in heaven, the Father, the Word, and the Holy Ghost. And these three are one. And there are three that give testimony on earth: the spirit, and the water, and the blood: and these three are one. If we receive the testimony of men, the testimony of God is greater. For this is the testimony of God, which is greater, because he hath testified of his Son. He that believeth in the Son of God, hath the testimony of God in himself. He that believeth not the Son, maketh him a liar: because he believeth not in the testimony which God hath testified of his Son.

Alleluia

Alleluia, alleluia.(Matt 28:7) On the day of My Resurrection, saith the Lord, I will go before you into Galilee. Alleluia. (John 20:26) After eight days, the doors being shut, Jesus stood in the midst of His disciples and said: Peace be to you. Alleluia.

Gospel: John 20:19-31

doubting_thomas1At that time, when it was late that same day, the first of the week, and the doors were shut, where the disciples were gathered together, for fear of the Jews, Jesus came and stood in the midst, and said to them: Peace be to you. And when he had said this, he shewed them his hands and his side. The disciples therefore were glad, when they saw the Lord. He said therefore to them again: Peace be to you. As the Father hath sent me, I also send you. When he had said this, he breathed on them; and he said to them: Receive ye the Holy Ghost. Whose sins you shall forgive, they are forgiven them; and whose sins you shall retain, they are retained. Now Thomas, one of the twelve, who is called Didymus, was not with them when Jesus came. The other disciples therefore said to him: We have seen the Lord. But he said to them: Except I shall see in his hands the print of the nails, and put my finger into the place of the nails, and put my hand into his side, I will not believe. And after eight days again his disciples were within, and Thomas with them. Jesus cometh, the doors being shut, and stood in the midst, and said: Peace be to you. Then he saith to Thomas: Put in thy finger hither, and see my hands; and bring hither thy hand, and put it into my side; and be not faithless, but believing. Thomas answered, and said to him: My Lord, and my God. Jesus saith to him: Because thou hast seen me, Thomas, thou hast believed: blessed are they that have not seen, and have believed. Many other signs also did Jesus in the sight of his disciples, which are not written in this book. But these are written, that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God: and that believing, you may have life in his name. —Creed

Offertory: Matt 28: 2, 5-6

An Angel of the Lord descended from heaven and said to the women: He whom you seek is risen, as He said, alleluia.

Secret

Receive, we beseech Thee, O Lord, the gifts of Thine exultant Church: and to her whom Thou has given cause for so great joy, grant the fruit of perpetual happiness. Through Our Lord Jesus Christ, Thy Son…

Preface for 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 Lam who hath taken away the sins of the world: Who by dying hath destroyed our death; and 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 20:27

Put in thy hand, and know the place of the nails, alleluia; and be not faithless, but believing, alleluia, alleluia.

Postcommunion

We beseech Thee, O Lord Our God, to make the most holy Mysteries which Thou has given us as a defence of our renewal, a remedy for us now and in the future. Through Our Lord Jesus Christ, Thy Son…


Thoughts for the Week

I ADORE Thee, O my God, with Thomas; and if I have, like him, sinned through unbelief, I adore Thee the more. I adore Thee as the One Adorable, I adore Thee as more glorious in Thy humiliation, when men despised Thee, than when Angels worshipped Thee. Deus meus et omnia—”My God and my all.” To have Thee is to have everything I can have. O my Eternal Father, give me Thyself. I dared not have made so bold a request, it would have been presumption, unless Thou hadst encouraged me. Thou hast put it into my mouth, Thou hast clothed Thyself in my nature, Thou hast become my Brother, Thou hast died as other men die, only in far greater bitterness, that, instead of my eyeing Thee fearfully from afar, I might confidently draw near to Thee. Thou dost speak to me as Thou didst speak to Thomas, and dost beckon me to take hold of Thee. My God and my all, what could I say more than this, if I spoke to all eternity! I am full and abound and overflow, when I have Thee; but without Thee I am nothing—I wither away, I dissolve and perish. My Lord and my God, my God and my all, give me Thyself and nothing else.

Thomas came and touched Thy sacred wounds. O will the day ever come when I shall be allowed actually and visibly to kiss them? What a day will that be when I am thoroughly cleansed from all impurity and sin, and am fit to draw near to my Incarnate God in His palace of light above! what a morning, when having done with all penal suffering, I see Thee for the first time with these very eyes of mine, I see Thy countenance, gaze upon Thy eyes and gracious lips without quailing, and then kneel down with joy to kiss Thy feet, and am welcomed into Thy arms. O my only true Lover, the only Lover of my soul, Thee will I love now, that I may love Thee then. What a day, a long day without ending, the day of eternity, when I shall be so unlike what I am now, when I feel in myself a body of death, and am perplexed and distracted with ten thousand thoughts, any one of which would keep me from heaven. O my Lord, what a day when I shall have done once for all with all sins, venial as well as mortal, and shall stand perfect and acceptable in Thy sight, able to bear Thy presence, nothing shrinking from Thy eye, not shrinking from the pure scrutiny of Angels and Archangels, when I stand in the midst and they around me!

O my God, though I am not fit to see or touch Thee yet, still I will ever come within Thy reach, and desire that which is not yet given me in its fullness. O my Saviour, Thou shalt be my sole God!—I will have no Lord but Thee. I will break to pieces all idols in my heart which rival Thee. I will have nothing but Jesus and Him crucified. It shall be my life to pray to Thee, to offer myself to Thee, to keep  Thee before me, to worship Thee in Thy holy Sacrifice, and to surrender myself to Thee in Holy Communion.

Blessed John Henry Newman Cong. Orat. (1801-1890) – Meditations and Devotions


Notices

Prayers After Mass

Until First Vespers of Trinity Sunday, following the Prayer for the Queen and the recitation three times of the Ave! Maria, the Regina Caeli, laetare! is recited, followed by the Prayer to St Michael:

Regina caeli, laetare! Alleluia
Quia quem meruisti portare; alleluia
Resurrexit sicut dixit; alleluia
Ora pro nobis Deum; alleluia.

V. Gaude et laetare, Virgo Maria; alleluia.
R. Quia surrexit Dominus vere; alleluia.

Oremus.
Deus qui per resurrectionem Filii tui Domini Nostri Jesus Christi mundum laetificare dignatus es; praesta, quaesumus, ut per ejus Genitricem Virginem Mariam perpetuae capiamus gaudia vitae. Per eumdem Christum, Dominum Nostrum.

R. Amen.

Feast of The Annunciation

The Feast of the Annunciation of the Blessed Virgin Mary is this year translated from its usual date of 25 March, due to that date this year being Good Friday, to Monday 4 April.

Holy Mass that day will be offered for the repose of the soul of Mother Mary Angelica of the Annunciation PCPA, Foundress of the Eternal Word Television Network in the United States, of the Poor Clares of Perpetual Adoration, the Franciscan Missionaries of the Eternal Word and of the Shrine of the Most Blessed Sacrament in Hanceville, Alabama.

Mother Angelica went home to Our Lord on Easter Sunday, fortified for her journey by the Rites of Holy Mother Church.

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


During this time of great joy in Christ’s Church, let us remember in our prayers all those killed or injured in the terrorist attacks perpetrated by D’aesh in Brussels, Iraq, Istanbul, Aden and Syria, as well as all others killed or injured in the many other terrorist incidents around the world.

With all blessings

‡ Peter

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.