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Wednesday 8 September 2021, The Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Feast.

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In his 1987 Encyclical, ‘Redemptoris Mater’, Pope St John Paul II wrote: ‘Even though it is not possible to establish an exact chronological point for identifying the date of Mary’s birth, the Church has constantly been aware that Mary appeared on the horizon of salvation history before Christ. It is a fact that when “the […]

Tuesday 7 September 2021, Feria in Ordinary Time.

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‘As therefore you received Christ Jesus the Lord, so live in him, rooted and built up in him and established in the faith, just as you were taught, abounding in thanksgiving’. These beautiful words come from our New Testament reading, from Colossians. St John Chrysostom commented: ‘Walk ye in Him, for He is the Way that leads […]

Monday 6 September 2021, Feria in Ordinary Time.

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From today’s New Testament reading, from Colossians: ‘Now I rejoice in my sufferings for your sake, and in my flesh I complete what is lacking in Christ’s afflictions for the sake of his body, that is, the church …’ The three ‘wounds’ which Julian of Norwich asked of the Lord come to mind. Here is the […]

5 September 2021, Twenty Third Sunday in Ordinary Time.

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These three blooms on the one stem, pictured below, recall the blessed Trinity, of Whom St Elisabeth of the Trinity wrote in her prayer: ‘O my Three, my All, my Beatitude, infinite Solitude, Immensity in which I lose myself, I surrender myself to You as Your prey. Bury Yourself in me that I may bury […]

Saturday 4 September 2021, Optional Memoria of St Cuthbert, Bishop.

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St Cuthbert is reckoned to be the greatest of the Northern Saints, and he is a patron saint of the Diocese of Hexham and Newcastle. In his time on St Cuthbert’s Isle, off the coast of Lindisfarne, he would pray for long hours on the sea shores. He also made rosaries from the fossil crinoids […]

Thursday 2 September 2021, Feria in Ordinary Time.

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Here is today’s New Testament reading, from Colossians: ‘And so, from the day we heard of it, we have not ceased to pray for you, asking that you may be filled with the knowledge of his will in all spiritual wisdom and understanding, to lead a life worthy of the Lord, fully pleasing to him, bearing […]

Wednesday 1 September 2021, Feria in Ordinary Time.

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‘Grace to you and peace from God our Father’. These words form part of the beginning of St Paul’s Letter to the Colossians, from which our New Testament reading is taken. It is a classic apostolic greeting, found in many of the Epistles. We can receive these words addressed not only to the original recipients […]

Tuesday 31 August 2021, Feria in Ordinary Time.

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Today is also the Optional Memoria of St Aidan, Bishop, and the Saints of Lindisfarne. St Aidan was born in Ireland, and became a monk on Iona, coming to the North of England to preach the Gospel at the invitation of King Oswald. It was he who founded the monastery of Lindisfarne, of which the […]