Wednesday 1 July 2020, Feria in Ordinary Time.

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Today is also the Optional Memoria of St Oliver Plunkett, the last Catholic Martyr to die in England, on this day in 1681. An Irishman, he had studied at the Irish College in Rome, remaining there until he was appointed Archbishop of Armagh and Primate of All Ireland in 1669. Much of his time as […]

Monday 29 June 2020, Feria in Ordinary Time.

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Here is today’s Gospel reading: ‘Now when Jesus saw great crowds around him, he gave orders to go over to the other side. And a scribe came up and said to him, “Teacher, I will follow you wherever you go.” And Jesus said to him, “Foxes have holes, and birds of the air have nests; but the […]

Sunday 28 June 2020, Saints Peter and Paul, Apostles, Transferred Solemnity.

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Here is one of the texts for the Solemnity – about halfway down, the words ‘Tu es Petrus’ can just be made out. The manuscript shows a form of chant notation which predates the four-line stave, indicating merely the structure and direction of the melody. It is still used today to determine accuracy of interpretation […]

Saturday 27 June 2020, Optional Memoria of St Cyril of Alexandria.

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Pope Benedict said of St Cyril, Patriarch of Alexandria in Egypt: ‘The Christian faith is first and foremost the encounter with Jesus, “a Person, which gives life a new horizon”. St Cyril of Alexandria was an unflagging, staunch witness of Jesus Christ, the Incarnate Word of God, emphasising above all his unity, as he repeats […]

Friday 26 June 2020, Feria in Ordinary Time.

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The image shows the Fourteenth Station of the Cross from our chapel, with our Lady and either Joseph of Arimathaea, or Nicodemus – they were both present, according to St John – laying our Lord in the tomb. In this time of pandemic, in which so many have died worldwide, it is good to place […]

Thursday 25 June 2020, Feria in Ordinary Time.

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From today’s Gospel: ‘Not every one who says to me, “Lord, Lord,” shall enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of my Father who is in heaven’. St John Chrysostom, commenting on this saying of our Lord, wrote: ‘Wherefore said He not, but he that does my will? Because for the time it […]

Wednesday 24 June 2020, The Nativity of St John the Baptist, Solemnity.

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Here is the story of the birth of John the Baptist, from St Luke’s Gospel: ‘Now the time came for Elizabeth to be delivered, and she gave birth to a son. And her neighbours and kinsfolk heard that the Lord had shown great mercy to her, and they rejoiced with her. And on the eighth day they […]