Taste and See: The love, the care…

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Grant, we pray, O Lord,
that we may always find delight in these paschal mysteries,
so that the renewal constantly at work within us
may be the cause of our unending joy.
Through Christ our Lord.

Prayer over the Offerings for the 4th Sunday of Easter

Theprayer above reminds that the end of our journey in faith, of our growth in holiness, is joy. The journey may be challenging and tough, but God steers us towards everything that is honest, true and life-giving.

Let us rejoice and be glad. He is risen that we too may rise in him.

Chapel of the Good Shepherd (Fresco by Duncan Grant). Lincoln Cathedral. (c) 2011, Allen Morris

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Happy St George’s Day

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2017-06-18 16.08.45b.jpgPray for England and the United Kingdom and for all the other countries and regions who have the saint as their Patron. These include Georgia, Malta and Gozo, Romania, Aragon and Catalonia.

Pray too for all those others who hold the Saint in high regard, including the Orthodox, Catholics, Anglicans, the Syro-Malabar Church and Copts. George is honoured also by many Muslims and Jews, not least in the shrine of Beit Jala.

Pray that under his inspiration there may be peace between nations and communities: pray that we may all seek to live true to God, and at the service of our neighbour.

Pray and – who knows – next year, today may be a Bank Holiday!

God of hosts,
who so kindled the fire of charity
in the heart of St George your martyr
that he bore witness to the risen Lord
both by his life and by his death,
grant us through his intercession, we pray,

The same faith and power or love,
that we who rejoice in his triumph
may be led to share with him
in the fullness of the Resurrection.
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.

Figure from war memorial, Lichfield Cathedral. (c) 2017, Allen Morris.

Prayer from the Roman Missal.

Seventh Station of the Resurrection: Jesus gives the power to forgive sins

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In the evening of that same day, the first day of the week, the doors were closed in the room where the disciples were, for fear of the Jews. Jesus came and stood among them. He said to them, ‘Peace be with you’, and showed them his hands and his side. The disciples were filled with joy when they saw the Lord, and he said to them again, ‘Peace be with you.

‘As the Father sent me,
so am I sending you.’

After saying this he breathed on them and said:

‘Receive the Holy Spirit.
For those whose sins you forgive,
they are forgiven;
for those whose sins you retain,
they are retained.’

John 20:19-31

After your quiet contemplation of this Mystery of the Resurrection, you might like to pray the following prayers to God, Father, Son and Holy Spirit

  • 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 trespasses,
    as we forgive those who trespass against us;
    and lead us not into temptation,
    but deliver us from evil.
  • Jesus, Son of the Living God, have mercy on me a sinner.
  • Come Holy Spirit,
    fill the hearts of your faithful
    and kindle in them the fire of your love.
    Send forth your Spirit and they shall be created.
    And You shall renew the face of the earth.

And conclude with the following prayer

  • As we recall year by year the mysteries
    by which, through the restoration of its original dignity,
    human nature has received the hope of rising again,
    we earnestly beseech your mercy, Lord,
    that what we celebrate in faith
    we may possess in unending love.
    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.

 

  • Prayer is the Collect for Tuesday after the Second Sunday of Easter in the Roman Missal.
  • Photograph: Sarcophagus, Louvre, Museum. (c) 2017, Allen Morris

Taste and see: the Shepherd King

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The Good Shepherd has risen,
who laid down his life for his sheep
and willingly died for his flock, alleluia.

Communion Antiphon for the 4th Sunday of Easter

How beautiful is the imagery and how direct and moving the phrasing of the antiphon above, and given for singing at yesterday’s Mass.

How lovely the love that is given to us to raise us up, not only that we might be close and safe with our shepherd, but that we might raise to share in his ministry, what ever our state and calling.

Christ the Good Shepherd. The Oxford Oratory. (c) 2014, Allen Morris

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Speak Lord: Speak through Peter…

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DSC07220a.jpgFilled with the Holy Spirit, Peter said: ‘Rulers of the people, and elders! If you are questioning us today about an act of kindness to a cripple, and asking us how he was healed, then I am glad to tell you all, and would indeed be glad to tell the whole people of Israel, that it was by the name of Jesus Christ the Nazarene, the one you crucified, whom God raised from the dead, by this name and by no other that this man is able to stand up perfectly healthy, here in your presence, today.

This is the stone rejected by you the builders, but which has proved to be the keystone. For of all the names in the world given to men, this is the only one by which we can be saved.’

First reading for the 4th Sunday of Easter
Acts 4:8-12

Peter’s ministry is distinguished by his…

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Speak Lord: Our Rock

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The stone which the builders rejected has become the corner stone or Alleluia!

Give thanks to the Lord for he is good,
for his love has no end.
It is better to take refuge in the Lord
than to trust in men;
it is better to take refuge in the Lord
than to trust in princes.

The stone which the builders rejected has become the corner stone or Alleluia!

I will thank you for you have answered
and you are my saviour.
The stone which the builders rejected
has become the corner stone.
This is the work of the Lord,
a marvel in our eyes.

The stone which the builders rejected has become the corner stone or Alleluia!

Blessed in the name of the Lord
is he who comes.
We bless you from the house of the Lord;
You are my God, I thank you.
My God, I praise you.

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Speak Lord: Father of us all…

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Think of the love that the Father has lavished on us,
by letting us be called God’s children;
and that is what we are.
Because the world refused to acknowledge him,
therefore it does not acknowledge us.
My dear people, we are already the children of God
but what we are to be in the future has not yet been revealed;
all we know is, that when it is revealed
we shall be like him
because we shall see him as he really is.

Second reading for 4th Sunday of Easter
1 John 3:1-2

In his recent letter on holiness Pope Francis highlights the importance of embracing the way of humility if we are to progress in holiness.

Ours is a great dignity, gifted by virtue of baptism and faith. And yet it will surely lead us into tensions with the world, and to meet with rejection and ridicule. It…

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