Thursday 9 May 2019, Easter Feria.

by SBVM

Here are some lines from one of the Easter Prefaces, in the Mass: ‘It is truly right and just, our duty and our salvation, at all times to acclaim you, O Lord, but in this time above all to laud you yet more gloriously, when Christ our Passover has been sacrificed. He never ceases to […]

Wednesday 8 May 2019, Easter Feria.

by SBVM

From today’s Gospel reading: ‘For I have come down from heaven, not to do my own will, but the will of him who sent me’. Here, to go with it, are two texts from the Holy Rule of St Benedict: ‘Hearken, my son, to the precepts of thy master and incline the ear of thy […]

Tuesday 7 May 2019, Easter Feria.

by SBVM

‘Jesus said to them, “I am the bread of life; he who comes to me shall not hunger, and he who believes in me shall never thirst’. These words from today’s Gospel reading are one of the great ‘I AM’ sayings of our Lord. To go alongside these words, here is a song from the […]

Monday 6 May 2019, Easter Feria.

by SBVM

Here is part of today’s Gospel reading, from St John, after the feeding of the five thousand: ‘Do not labour for the food which perishes, but for the food which endures to eternal life, which the Son of man will give to you; for on him has God the Father set his seal.” Then they said […]

5 May 2019, Third Sunday of Easter.

by SBVM

The full version of today’s Gospel reading contains the very moving exchange between our Lord and Peter, after the resurrection: ‘When they had finished breakfast, Jesus said to Simon Peter, “Simon, son of John, do you love me more than these?” He said to him, “Yes, Lord; you know that I love you.” He said […]

Friday 3 May 2019, Saints Philip and James, Apostles, Feast.

by SBVM

These two saints are deeply linked with the last discourse of our Lord before the Passion: ‘Philip said to him [Jesus], “Lord, show us the Father, and we shall be satisfied.” Jesus said to him, “Have I been with you so long, and yet you do not know me, Philip? He who has seen me has […]

Thursday 2 May 2019, St Athanasius, Bishop and Doctor of the Church.

by SBVM

St Athanasius of Alexandria, whom we remember today, is well known amongst monastics for his ‘Life’ of St Antony, whose monastery near the Red Sea still exists today and is shown below.   Here is an extract from the ‘Life’, which describes St Antony’s last will, and his death: ‘“Bury my body, therefore, and hide […]