The Word This Week

Christ Giving the Keys to St. Peter, Pietro PeruginoPeter and Paul are the two great heroes of the Apostolic Age – Peter for leading the first Christian communities and binding them in unity, a role that springs from his profession of faith in Caesarea Philippi, and Paul for travelling throughout the Roman Empire as the Apostle to the Gentiles, ensuring that the Gospel could be heard by all. They both ended up in Rome, the heart of the Empire, where they crowned their lives of witness by shedding their blood for Christ. In celebrating the death of these apostles and martyrs, we celebrate the triumph of life and death offered fully to God.

Today’s Scripture

Mass of the Vigil

Acts 14: 21 – 27.

Response: Psalm 18

The heavens proclaim the glory of God
and the firmament shows forth the work of his hands.
Day unto day takes up the story
and night unto night makes known the message.
No speech, no word, no voice is heard
yet their span extends through all the earth,
their words to the utmost bounds of the world.
(Sung Antiphon: Their word goes forth
through all the earth.)

Galatians 1: 11 – 20.
Acclamation for the Gospel:
Alleluia, Alleluia, Alleluia, Alleluia!
Lord, you know everything;
You know I love you.
Alleluia, Alleluia, Alleluia, Alleluia!

John 21: 15 – 19

Prayer of the Faithful: R/. Lord, raise us up Continue reading “The Word This Week”

The Word This Week

The Eucharist is not an invention of the Church: it is a part of God’s plan of salvation from the very beginning: it is prefigured in the Old Testament, seen today in the food offerings of Melchizedek, priest king of Jerusalem associated with Abraham, choose bread and wine as the offerings. It is also revealed by the prophetic action of Jesus, in feeding the multitude, before he feeds the Church with the gift that is transmitted through the centuries. The Eucharist, the Body and Blood of Christ, is our communication with the Father, in the Spirit: it is the real presence in the Church’s here and now of the eternal God; it is Covenant, Memorial and Promise, Meal and Sacrifice, the heartbeat of the Family of Believers.

Today’s Scripture

Genesis   14:  18 – 20.

Response:  Psalm  109

The Lord’s revelation to my Master;
“Sit on my right:
I will put your foes beneath your feet.”

The Lord will send from Zion
your sceptre of power:
rule in the midst of all your foes.

A prince from the day of your birth
on the holy mountains;
from the womb before the daybreak I begot you.

The Lord has sworn an oath he will not change.
“You are a priest for ever,
a priest like Melchizedek of old.”

  (Sung Antiphon: You are a priest for ever,
  a priest like Melchizedek of old.)

1 Corinthians   11:  23 – 26.

Acclamation for the Gospel:   

Alleluia, Alleluia, Alleluia, Alleluia!

I am the living bread which has come down from heaven,
says the Lord.
Anyone who eats this bread will live for ever.
Alleluia, Alleluia, Alleluia, Alleluia!

Luke   9:  11 – 17.

The Word This Week

This Sunday is all about the “Divine Community” – in other words, the way in which our God is in himself a communion of love: Father, Son and Spirit, distinct yet perfectly united – three persons, one God. We hear of the perfect union between Father and Son, revealed in the mysterious poem of the First Reading, where the Son is “Wisdom” joining the Father in the act of creation. This union bears fruit in the Spirit, who pours this perfect love into our hearts, so that we may imitate the “Communion of Love” by living together and hoping for our place within the Divine Community.

Today’s Scripture

Proverbs 8: 22 – 31

Response: Psalm 8
When I see the heavens the work of your hands,
The moon and the stars which you arranged,
What is man that you should keep him in mind,
Mortal man that you care for him?

Yet you have made him little less than a god;
With glory and honour you crowned him,
Gave him pow’r over the works of your hand,
Put all things under his feet.

All of them sheep and cattle,
Yes, even the savage beasts,
Birds of the air and fish
That make their way through the waters.
(Sung Antiphon: How great is your name, O Lord our God,
through all the earth

Romans 5: 1 – 5
Acclamation for the Gospel:
Alleluia, Alleluia, Alleluia, Alleluia!
Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit,
the God who is, who was, who is to come.
Alleluia, Alleluia, Alleluia, Alleluia!

John 16: 12 – 15

Prayer of the Faithful: R/. Lord, lead us into truth.

Word This Week

We are now closer to Ascension and Pentecost than Easter, but we are still in the Easter Season. The readings this Sunday begin to move us along too, as once more we hear the Lord at the Last Supper preparing his disciples for his departure: he does this by giving them a rule to live by, a new commandment. This commandment, “love one another”, is to be the guiding light of the community of believers after Pentecost (check the first reading for the Second Easter Sunday) – it is the risen Lord’s parting gift to his Church.

Acts 14: 21 – 27.

Response: Psalm 144
The Lord is kind and full of compassion,
slow to anger, abounding in love.
How good is the Lord to all,
compassionate to all his creatures.

All your creatures shall thank you, O Lord,/
and your friends shall repeat their blessing.
They shall speak of the glory of your reign/
and declare your might, O God,
to make known to men your mighty deeds
and the glorious splendour of your reign.

Yours is an everlasting kingdom;
Your rule lasts from age to age.
(Sung Antiphon: Alleluia, Alleluia, Alleluia!)

Apocalypse 21: 1 – 5.

Acclamation for the Gospel:
Alleluia, Alleluia, Alleluia, Alleluia!
Jesus said: “I give you a new commandment:
Love one another, just as I have loved you.”
Alleluia, Alleluia, Alleluia, Alleluia!

John 13: 31 – 35.

Prayer of the Faithful:
R/. Risen Lord, fill us with your love.

Great Three Days of Easter – Maundy Thursday

The Last Supper, ca. 1520, by Giampietrino (Giovanni Pietro Rizzoli)

The word “Maundy” is from the Latin word for “command”: This night we recall Christ’s command to do what he did at the last supper: He washed the feet of his disciples, as a sign of service. If we wash feet in our liturgy it is not as play-acting or as a welcome diversion from the praying: It is a sign that we want and are beginning to serve all our brothers and sisters just as Christ himself did.

The second part of our celebration this night is “Eucharist”, thanksgiving. We remember that Jesus gave us bread and wine to be his Body and Blood this day. Strangely enough, the washing of the feet and the breaking of bread are inseparably linked. Only if we agree to serve each other can we share communion. Attending the Mass of the Lord’s Supper is an invitation to be nourished by the food of life. But it also involves a commitment to become part of a community that grows by loving.

Our Services
11.30 am – The Mass of the Chrism (Saint David’s Cathedral)
7.30 pmThe Mass of the Lord’s Supper
11.45 pm – Watching with Christ in the place of repose (in the Hall) Compline (night Prayer of the Church)

Mothering Sunday

“MOTHERING SUNDAY”, the more popular name for this fourth Sunday of Lent, pulls together several strands of tradition and time. Originally the day that local Churches would come together to the ‘Mother Church’ in Lenten pilgrimage (similar to the idea of the ‘Lenten Station Mass’), it developed into a day when children in service would take the opportunity to visit their own mothers at home. In most years, though not this one, it also falls conveniently close to the feast of the Annunciation to Mary that she is to be the Mother of Jesus.

A Happy Feast Day to all Mothers!