Monday 7 October 2019, The Blessed Virgin Mary of the Rosary, Memoria.

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Here are the opening lines of Pope St John Paul II’s Apostolic Letter on the Rosary: ‘The Rosary of the Virgin Mary, which gradually took form in the second millennium under the guidance of the Spirit of God, is a prayer loved by countless Saints and encouraged by the Magisterium. Simple yet profound, it still […]

6 October 2019, Twenty Seventh Sunday in Ordinary Time.

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Here is part of today’s Old Testament reading: ‘I will take my stand to watch, and station myself on the tower, and look forth to see what he will say to me, and what I will answer concerning my complaint. And the Lord answered me: “Write the vision; make it plain upon tablets, so he may run […]

Saturday 5 October 2019, Feria in Ordinary Time and Our Lady on Saturday.

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Today, we show the chapel ready for Mass – the sacred vessels on the altar, the candles lit, and the gifts ready to be brought forward at the Offertory. It is a reminder that all our lives are to be ‘taken, blessed, broken and given’ – so that the work of Christ, accomplished once and […]

Friday 4 October 2019, St Francis of Assisi, Memoria.

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Here are the beginning and ending lines of St Francis’ ‘Canticle of the Sun’: ‘Most High, all powerful, good Lord, Yours are the praises, the glory, the honour, and all blessing. To You alone, Most High, do they belong, and no man is worthy to mention Your name. Be praised, my Lord, through all your […]

Wednesday 2 October 2019, The Holy Guardian Angels, Memoria.

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Some words from Exodus: ‘Behold, I send an angel before you, to guard you on the way and to bring you to the place which I have prepared. Give heed to him and hearken to his voice’. These words express admirably the role of the Holy Guardian Angels: to guard and protect us – not just […]

Monday 30 September 2019, St Jerome, Priest and doctor of the Church, Memoria.

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St Jerome, great Biblical scholar, is shown in the painting below, by Domenico Ghirlandaio, working on his translation of the Scriptures into Latin, which we know as the (old) Vulgate. He is renowned as a great ascetic, but his face here is irradiated by a great gentleness, as if working on the Scriptures themselves has […]

29 September 2019, Twenty Sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time.

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Sadly, St Michael and All The Angels are omitted from the Calendar this year, as the Sunday takes precedence, but we can be sure that their song of praise flows unceasingly before the throne of God: ‘Holy, holy, holy, is the Lord God of hosts; the whole earth is full of His glory!’ St John […]