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Saturday 19 September 2020, Feria in Ordinary Time.

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Today is also the day when two foundation stones of the English Church, namely Saints Theodore of Canterbury, and Adrian, Abbot, also known as Hadrian, are remembered. St Bede wrote of ‘an abbot, called Hadrian, by nation an African, well versed in holy writ, experienced in monastic and ecclesiastical discipline, and excellently skilled both in […]

Friday 18 September 2020, Feria in Ordinary Time.

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‘Christ has been raised from the dead, the first fruits of those who have fallen asleep’. These words proclaiming the resurrection resound from St Paul in 1 Corinthians. St John Henry Newman, in a sermon, said: ‘Work together with God, therefore, my brethren, in this work of your redemption. While He feeds you, prepare for […]

Thursday 17 September 2020, Optional Memoria of St Hildegarde, Virgin.

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‘Trust shows the way’. So said St Hildegarde, many centuries before St Thérèse would affirm her way of total confidence and love: ‘It is trust, and nothing but trust, that will bring us to Love’. In all that comes to us this day, may we follow the way of total trust in God. Know that […]

Tuesday 15 September 2020, Our Lady of Sorrows, Memoria.

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‘At the Cross her station keeping, stood the mournful Mother weeping, close to Jesus at the last’. These are the opening words of the hymn, ‘Stabat Mater Dolorosa’, considered to be one of the greatest Latin hymns of all time. The first of the mysteries of the Rosary of the Seven Sorrows is the prophecy […]

Monday 14 September 2020, The Exaltation of the Holy Cross, Feast.

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Here is the translation of one of the classic Sarum antiphons for Vespers of the Feast, ‘Dulce Lignum’: ‘Sweet the Wood, the Nails how precious, sweet the Burthen they upheld: to them alone was granted to bear the world’s Redeemer’. As we kneel in adoration at this beautiful feast, let us also gather in all […]

13 September 2020, Twenty Fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time.

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From today’s Old Testament, from Ecclesiasticus: ‘Forgive your neighbour the wrong he has done, and then your sins will be pardoned when you pray’. This has clear overtones of the Lord’s Prayer, given to the disciples many centuries later. St Benedict also makes this point in his Rule: ‘The Offices of Lauds and Vespers should […]

Friday 11 September 2020, Feria in Ordinary Time.

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From today’s New Testament reading, from 1 Corinthians: ‘For necessity is laid upon me. Woe to me if I do not preach the gospel!’ The imperative of handing on the Gospel, the truths of faith, is laid upon all of us. Some will be called to preach in words, and others, by the witness of […]

Thursday 10 September 2020, Feria in Ordinary Time.

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Today is also the Optional Memoria of Blessed Agnellus of Pisa. A Franciscan Friar, he was appointed by St Francis himself as the first Provincial of the Order in England. He landed at Dover, with nine other Friars, on 12 September 1224. Shortly afterwards, a house was obtained for them in Oxford. He died in […]