Tuesday 5 March 2024, Lent Feria.

by SBVM

From today’s Gospel, from St Matthew: ‘Then Peter came up and said to him, “Lord, how often shall my brother sin against me, and I forgive him? As many as seven times?” Jesus said to him, “I do not say to you seven times, but seventy times seven”’. St Hilary of Poitiers commented: ‘When Peter asked […]

Monday 4 March 2024, Lent Feria.

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Here is today’s Gospel, from St Luke: ‘And he said, “Truly, I say to you, no prophet is acceptable in his own country. But in truth, I tell you, there were many widows in Israel in the days of Elijah, when the heaven was shut up three years and six months, when there came a great […]

3 March 2024, Third Sunday of Lent.

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Today’s Gospel gives us the story of the Cleansing of the Temple by Jesus: ‘The Passover of the Jews was at hand, and Jesus went up to Jerusalem. In the temple he found those who were selling oxen and sheep and pigeons, and the money-changers at their business. And making a whip of cords, he drove them […]

Saturday 2 March 2024, St Chad, Bishop, Feast.

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The stained-glass image below is one of a series to be found in St Chad’s Cathedral. These detail the passage of the saint’s relics from one safe place to another, before the relics eventually arrived at their current resting place behind the high altar in the Cathedral. One of these places was Aston Hall, in […]

Friday 1 March 2024, St David, Patron of Wales, Feast.

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Today, we rejoice with and pray for the people of Wales, on the day of their patron saint. Here is his prayer – in Welsh, with the English text below it. ‘Arglwyddi, frodyr a chwiorydd, byddwch lawen; a chedwch eich ffydd a’ch cred, a gwnewch y pethau bychain a welsoch ac a glywsoch gennyf i’. […]

Thursday 29 February 2024, Lent Feria.

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The Orthodox Church keeps the Feast of St John Cassian today, though as it only falls on Leap Years, it is often transferred to another date. Cassian is an important figure in monastic life, through his journeys in the Holy Land and other places to garner the riches of monastic life. His Institutes and Conferences […]

Wednesday 28 February 2024, Lent Feria.

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Our Old Testament reading is from Jeremiah: ‘Then they said, “Come, let us make plots against Jeremiah, for the law shall not perish from the priest, nor counsel from the wise, nor the word from the prophet. Come, let us smite him with the tongue, and let us not heed any of his words.” Give […]

Tuesday 27 February 2024, Lent Feria.

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From today’s Old Testament reading, from Isaiah: ‘Wash yourselves; make yourselves clean; remove the evil of your doings from before my eyes; cease to do evil, learn to do good; seek justice, correct oppression; defend the fatherless, plead for the widow’. St Augustine said in one of his sermons: ‘So present yourself to such a head […]

Monday 26 February 2024, Lent Feria.

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Today’s Old Testament reading is taken from the Prayer of Repentance of the Prophet Daniel: ‘I prayed to the Lord my God and made confession, saying, “O Lord, the great and terrible God, who keeps covenant and steadfast love with those who love him and keep his commandments, we have sinned and done wrong and acted wickedly and […]

25 February 2024, Second Sunday of Lent.

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Here is part of today’s Old Testament reading, the account of the Sacrifice of Abraham: ‘When they came to the place of which God had told him, Abraham built an altar there, and laid the wood in order, and bound Isaac his son, and laid him on the altar, upon the wood. Then Abraham put forth […]