Liturgy, Feasts & solemnities

30th November

SAINT ANDREW, APOSTLE

They Left Their Nets and Followed Him

St Andrew (first century) was born at Bethsaida and worked as a fisherman. He is called the Protokletos or 'first called', for he was originally a disciple of St John the Baptist before following Christ and bringing with him his brother, St Peter. After Pentecost he zealously preached the Gospel and was crucified at Patras (Greece) He is Patron of Scotland, where is relics were formerly venerated at St. Andrews.

Andrew the fisherman was called by Jesus to be an apostle and bring his Gospel to others. Through our baptism we too are called to continue this preaching in the everyday witness of our lives.

Today we pray for the people and the Church in Scotland. For all Churches dedicated to St. Andrew, including St. Andrew's in our town of Grimsby who are also in interregnum at this time.

Collect :

We humbly implore your majesty, O Lord, that, just as the blessed Apostle Andrew was for your Church a preacher and pastor, so he may be for us a constant intercessor before you.

Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

We have begun our Advent journey with signs of private prayer.

 

The first Advent candle burns to signify this new beginning of the Advent Hope. Our Patron, St. Augustine of Hippo, one of the great bishops and thinkers of the early days of the Church, described the Christian life as being like a journey and wrote in one of his sermons:

"Sing as travellers sing on a journey in order to help them keep on walking. Lighten your toil by singing and never be idle. Sing and keep on walking. And what do I mean by walking? I mean press on from good to better in this life... Sing up - and keep on walking! "

We may not be able to physically sing our Advent hymns with the Covid restrictions we currently face, but we can sing in our hearts, as we walk with Mary and Joseph and the unborn Saviour in Mary's womb, walking with them to Bethlehem.

May Our Lady, St. Joseph and St. Augustine, pray for us.

Sunday 29th November 2020

FIRST SUNDAY OF ADVENT

Christ Will Come Again

Today is the first day of the Liturgical Year and we follow the cycle of Readings in Year B

Jesus came at Bethlehem long ago. He comes to us today through the Holy Eucharist by the power of the Holy Spirit. Awake and ready, we await his coming again in glory.

The Readings :

Isaiah 63:16-17.64:1.3-8

1 Corinthians 1:3-9

The Gospel : Mark 13:33-37

Collect :

Grant your faithful, we pray, almighty God, the resolve to run forth to meet your Christ with righteous deeds at his coming, so that, gathered at his right hand, they may be worthy to possess the heavenly Kingdom.

Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever.

Amen.

ADVENT

As we come to the Season of Advent, which begins on Sunday (29th November) it is worth reminding ourselves what this season is about:

The word “Advent” is derived from the Latin word adventus, meaning “coming,” which is a translation of the Greek word parousia. Most know Advent today as a time of anticipation and expectation of the birth of Christ. However, Advent began as early as the 4th and 5th centuries as a time of fasting and prayer for new Christians. The first mention of Advent occurred in the 300’s A.D at a meeting of church leaders called the Council of Sargossa. It gradually developed into a season that stretched across the month of December. Advent lasts for four Sundays leading up to Christmas. The Advent season not only symbolises the waiting for Christ's birth but also for his final return.

A PRAYER FOR ADVENT - by Henri J. M. Nouwen

Lord Jesus,

Master of both the light and the darkness, send your Holy Spirit upon our preparations for Christmas.

We have so much to do and seek quiet spaces to hear your voice each day,

We who are anxious over many things look forward to your coming among us.

We who are blessed in so many ways long for the complete joy of your kingdom.

We whose hearts are heavy seek the joy of your presence.

We are your people, walking in darkness, yet seeking the light.

To you we say, "Come Lord Jesus!"

Amen.

Sunday 22nd November 2020

Due to government restrictions we are unable to gather for public worship today.

HOWEVER we are OPEN for Private Prayer from 10:00am for about an hour.

OUR LORD JESUS CHRIST, KING OF THE UNIVERSE

Jesus Christ, Shepherd and King

As shepherd, Christ looks after his flock, tending each one, separating the sheep from the goats. As King, he brings his flock safely into the glorious kingdom of God who is his Father and ours.

The Readings :

Ezekiel 34:11-12.15-17

1 Corinthians 15:20-26.28

The Gospel : Matthew 25:31:46

Collect :

Almighty ever-living God,

Whose will is to restore all things in your beloved Son, the King of the universe,

grant, we pray, that the whole creation, set free from slavery, may render your majesty service.

Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

21st November

The Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Mary

On this day, which was the dedication in the year 543 of the Church of Our Lady near to the Temple in Jerusalem, together with the Christians of the Eastern Rites we celebrate that dedication of herself which Mary made to God from her very early childhood under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit who filled her with grace at her Immaculate Conception.

The Presentation of Mary is not recorded in the New Testament but is told in the apocryphal Gospel of James. In being presented in this way, Our Lady's dedication of herself to the service of God and kept her open to His will. This Feast prepares us for Advent and Christmas, we we celebrate the coming of her Divine Son into the world.

Collect:

As we venerate the glorious memory of the most holy Virgin Mary, grant, we pray, O Lord, through her intercession, that we, too, may merit to receive from the fullness of your grace.

Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

19th November

ST. HILDA, Religious

 

St. Hilda (614-680) was born into the Northumbrian, royal family and baptised by St. Paulinus at the age of thirteen. She eventually decided to enter the Religious Life, aged thirty-three, and became superior of the double monastery (both men and women) at Hartlepool. She later moved as Abbess to the double monastery at Whitby, where she hosted the famous Synod in 663-64 which reconciled the differing rites used in the Church at the time, favouring the Roman Rite. St. Hilda died in 680 her supposed relics were in later years claimed by Glastonbury and Gloucester.

 

St. Hilda is Co-Patron with St. Wilfred of The Society to which we belong and we pray today for Norman our Bishop and all the Society Bishops, Priests, Deacons and Parishes.

 

Collect:

O God, who made Saint Hilda radiant with holiness and by her guidance gave learning, growth and unity to your Church, grant, by her example and prayers, the grace to proclaim your Gospel in our day and to sing your unceasing praise.

Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

17th November

ST. HUGH OF LINCOLN, Bishop

St. Hugh (c.1140-1200) was born at Avalon in Burgundy (France) and first entered the Augustinian Canons, before moving to the stricter Carthusian Order. After ten years at the Grande Chartreuse, he was sent to Witham in Somerset (England) to take charge of the recently-founded Charterhouse there. In 1186 he was reluctantly appointed Bishop of Lincoln and proved to be a holy and reforming pastor. He died at his residence at Lincoln's Inn, London, in 1200 and his symbol is a swan, a reference to the swan of Stowe that became his companion and guarded him as he slept.

St. Hugh's Day is held as a Feast within our Lincoln Diocese and we pray for the Bishops and work of the Diocese today and for the future of our own parish, that a faithful Parish Priest my be found for us.

Collect:

O God, who gave the Bishop Saint Hugh of Lincoln the grace of relying on you alone and endowed him with a wise and cheerful boldness to commend to earthly rulers the merits of a holy life, grant us, we pray, that with him as our advocate, we may have good cause for the hope that is in us.

Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

Sunday 15th November 2020

THE THIRTY-THIRD SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME.

The Day of The Lord is Coming

The sense of urgency increases. God has given each of us a particular talent: a special skill or quality to use for his glory. In this way we are to produce a harvest of fruitful growth if we are to hear his 'well done!' on the Last Day.

The Readings :

Proverbs 31:10-13.19-20.30-31

1 Thessalonians 5: 1-6

The Gospel : Matthew 25:14-30

Collect :

Grant us, we pray, O Lord our God, the constant gladness of being devoted to you, for it is full and lasting happiness to serve with constancy the author of all that is good.

Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

Sunday 8th November 2020

REMEMBERANCE SUNDAY

THE THIRTY-SECOND SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME.

We reflect and remember today, those who made the ultimate sacrifice and laid down their lives during the past World Wars and other conflicts in defence of the freedoms and peace we enjoy today. We pray for a true and lasting Peace between the Nations, that their sacrifice will never be in vain.

Here we publish the Readings and Collect given for the 32nd Sunday of the Year, where we are called to be alert and ready for the return of Christ, the Bridegroom, when he comes at the appointed time to lead us to the Father with all his saints.

The Readings :

Wisdom 6:12-16

1 Thessalonians 4:13-18

The Gospel : Matthew 25:1-13

Collect :

Almighty and merciful God, graciously keep from all adversity so that, unhindered in mind and body alike, we may pursue in freedom of heart the things that are yours. Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

2nd November

ALL SOULS' DAY

THE COMMEMORATION OF ALL THE FAITHFUL DEPARTED

Whoever Comes to Me I Shall Not Turn Away.

Today we commend to God's mercy all who have died. God is a merciful judge who wills that everyone should live because his Son has redeemed the whole human race. As we remember those of our own family and friends who have gone before us, the sadness of death gives way to the bright promise of immortality.

The Readings :

Isaiah 25:6-9

Romans 5:5-11

Gospel : Matthew 11:25-30

Collect :

Listen kindly to our prayers, O Lord, and, as our faith in your Son, raised from the dead, is deepened, so may our hope of resurrection for your departed servants also find new strength. Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

Sunday 1st November

Parish Mass at 9:30 am. Come and join us!

ALL SAINTS

This Solemnity celebrates all those who are in Heaven, in the light of God’s face - both those recognised by the Church as Saints and those known only to the Lord.

To Be With God For Ever

We all long to see God face to face. Today we honour the countless men and women who remained faithful to Christ's gospel to the hour of their death. We pray for their intercession to help us to follow them to the heavenly city.

The Readings :

Apocalypse 7:2-4.9-14

1 John 3:1-2

Gospel : Matthew 5:1-12

Collect :

Almighty ever-living God, by whose gift we venerate in one celebration the merits of all the Saints, bestow on us, we pray, through the prayers of so many intercessors, an abundance of the reconciliation with you for which we earnestly long. Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

28th October

SAINT SIMON AND JUDE, Apostles

The name of Simon is placed eleventh in the list of apostles and is usually called 'the Canaanite' and 'the Zealot', suggesting he belonged to the Jewish party of the 'Zealous of the Law'.

St. Jude, also known as Thaddeus, was the apostle who, at the Last Supper, asked the Lord why he showed himself only to the disciples and not to the world (John 14:22). He has a short epistle in the New Testament ascribed to him, and is popularly invoked as the patron of hopeless causes.

Tradition says that after Pentecost they evangelised, Simon in Egypt, Jude in Mesopotamia, and together in Persia, where they were martyred. Their names appear in the Roman Canon.

Collect :

O God, who by the blessed Apostles have brought us to acknowledge your name, graciously grant, through the intercession of Saints Simon and Jude, that the Church may constantly grow by increase of the people who believe in you. Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

Sunday 25th October

Parish Mass at 9:30 am. Come and join us!

THE THIRTIETH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME

Love Your Neighbour as Yourself

God always has a special care for those who are particularly vulnerable: the stranger, the homeless, the sick in mind, body or spirit, the widow, the orphan, the outcast of society. Jesus' instruction is clear - treat others as we would treat ourselves. This is the crux of the Gospel.

The Readings :

Exodus 22:20-26

1 Thessalonians 1:5-10

Gospel : Matthew 22:34 40

Collect :

Almighty ever-living God, increase our faith, hope and charity, and make us love what you command, so that we may merit what you promise. Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

22nd October

SAINT JOHN PAUL II, Pope

Karol Józef Wojtyła was born in 1920 in Wadowice, Poland. After his ordination to the priesthood and theological studies in Rome, he returned to his homeland and resumed various pastoral and academic tasks. He became first auxiliary bishop and, in 1964, Archbishop of Kraków and took part in the Second Vatican Council. On 16 October 1978 he was elected pope and took the name John Paul II. His exceptional apostolic zeal, particularly for families, young people and the sick, led him to numerous pastoral visits throughout the world. Among the many fruits which he has left as a heritage to the Church are above all his rich Magisterium and the promulgation of the Catechism of the Catholic Church as well as the Code of Canon Law for the Latin Church and for the Eastern Churches. In Rome on 2 April 2005, the eve of the Second Sunday of Easter (or of Divine Mercy), he departed peacefully in the Lord. He was canonized by Pope Francis on 27 April, the Second Sunday of Easter 2014.

Collect:

O God, who are rich in mercy

and who willed that Saint John Paul the Second

should preside as Pope over your universal Church,

grant, we pray, that instructed by his teaching,

we may open our hearts to the saving grace of Christ,

the sole Redeemer of mankind,

who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit,

one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

Shrine of Our Lady of Walsingham (Anglican)

‘Behold the handmaid of the Lord: Be it unto me according to thy word’.

On this eve of the Feast of Our Lady of Walsingham (24 September), we pray for the life and work of the Shrine. Join us for Sung Mass live from the Shrine Church at 9am tomorrow as we rejoice in Mary’s prayers and protection in England’s Nazareth and for our nation.

The service will be streamed on this page and on the Shrine's website: https://www.walsinghamanglican.org.uk/.../solemnity-our.../

The image is of Raphael's Sistine Madonna - one of the greatest paintings of the Renaissance period. The original painting is in the Gemäldegalerie Alte Meister, Dresden.

3rd December

Saint Francis Xavier, Priest

St Francis Xavier (1506-1552) was born near Pamplona in what is now Spain and studied in Paris, where he became a follower of St. Ignatius Loyola and was ordained priest in Rome in 1537. He was a founding member of the Society of Jesus, and he spent himself in works of charity. In 1541 he travelled East and for ten years preached the Gospel in India, Borneo, Indonesia and Japan bringing many to the Christian faith. He died of fever on Shangchuan Island in 1552 while on his way to China.

Collect :

O God, who through the preaching of Saint Francis Xavier won many peoples to yourself, grant that the hearts of the faithful may burn with the same zeal for the faith and that Holy Church may everywhere rejoice in an abundance of offspring.

Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.