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Saturday 18 June 2022, The Dedication of St Chad’s Cathedral, Feast.

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Here is part of a traditional hymn for a Dedication Festival: ‘Blessed city, heavenly Salem, vision dear of peace and love, who of living stones art builded / in the height of heaven above, and, with angel hosts encircled, as a bride dost earthward move. … Many a blow and biting sculpture / polished well […]

Friday 17 June 2022, Feria in Ordinary Time.

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From today’s Gospel, from St Matthew: ‘Do not lay up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust consume and where thieves break in and steal, but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust consumes and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there will your […]

Thursday 16 June 2022, Feria in Ordinary Time.

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Today is also the Optional Memoria in the Archdiocese of Birmingham of St Richard of Chichester, born towards the end of the twelfth century in what is today Droitwich in Worcestershire. The miracle associated with him is that of the dropped chalice. It is said that, tired and worn out, he dropped the chalice containing […]

Wednesday 15 June 2022, Feria in Ordinary Time.

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Today’s Gospel is the Lord’s Prayer, from St Matthew: ‘Our Father who art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name. Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done, On earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread; And forgive us our debts, As we also have forgiven our debtors; And lead us not […]

Tuesday 14 June 2022, Feria in Ordinary Time.

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From today’s Gospel, from the Sermon on the Mount: ‘You have heard that it was said, “You shall love your neighbour and hate your enemy.” But I say to you, Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, so that you may be sons of your Father who is in heaven; for he makes his […]

Monday 13 June 2022, St Antony of Padua, Priest and Doctor of the Church, Memoria.

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This Franciscan Portuguese saint lived across the twelfth and thirteenth centuries, and was well known for his preaching, steadily rooted in the Gospels. He said: ‘Do you want to have God always in your mind? Be just as he made you to be. Do not go seeking another “you”. Do not make yourself otherwise than he […]

Sunday 12 June 2022, The Most Holy Trinity, Solemnity.

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Here is part of a 19th century hymn to the Trinity: ‘Holy, holy, holy! Lord God Almighty! Early in the morning our song shall rise to thee. Holy, holy, holy, merciful and mighty! God in three persons, blessed Trinity! … Holy, holy, holy! Though the darkness hide thee, though the eye of sinful man thy […]

Saturday 11 June 2022, St Barnabas, Apostle, Memoria.

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This is a description of Barnabas in the Book of Acts: ‘He was a good man, full of the Holy Spirit and of faith’ – very much the ‘son of consolation’, as his name implies. It seems that wherever he went, he spread the oil of mercy, bringing many to the Lord. May he pray for […]

Friday 10 June 2022, Feria in Ordinary Time.

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Here is part of today’s Old Testament reading: ‘And there he [Elijah] came to a cave, and lodged there; And he [the Lord] said, “Go forth, and stand upon the mount before the Lord.” And behold, the Lord passed by, and a great and strong wind rent the mountains, and broke in pieces the rocks before the Lord, but […]

Thursday 9 June 2022, Our Lord Jesus Christ, Eternal High Priest, Feast.

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Here is the Roman Martyrology extract for the day: ‘The Feast of Our Lord Jesus Christ, The Eternal High Priest, according to the order of Melchizedek. In him the Father has been well pleased from before all time. As Mediator between God and human beings, fulfilling his Father’s will, he sacrificed himself once on the […]