Speak Lord: Help us to be whole and one.

Living Eucharist

Portuguese Synagogue, Amsterdam. (c) 2008, Allen Morris.

Just as a human body, though it is made up of many parts, is a single unit because all these parts, though many, make one body, so it is with Christ. In the one Spirit we were all baptised, Jews as well as Greeks, slaves as well as citizens, and one Spirit was given to us all to drink.
Nor is the body to be identified with any one of its many parts. If the foot were to say, ‘I am not a hand and so I do not belong to the body’, would that mean that it stopped being part of the body? If the ear were to say, ‘I am not an eye, and so I do not belong to the body’, would that mean that it was not a part of the body? If your whole body was just one…

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Speak Lord: saving Word

Living Eucharist

St Mary, s Warwick. (c) 2016, Allen Morris.

Seeing that many others have undertaken to draw up accounts of the events that have taken place among us, exactly as these were handed down to us by those who from the outset were eyewitnesses and ministers of the word, I in my turn, after carefully going over the whole story from the beginning, have decided to write an ordered account for you, Theophilus, so that your Excellency may learn how well founded the teaching is that you have received.

Jesus, with the power of the Spirit in him, returned to Galilee; and his reputation spread throughout the countryside. He taught in their synagogues and everyone praised him.

He came to Nazara, where he had been brought up, and went into the synagogue on the sabbath day as he usually did. He stood up to read and they handed him the scroll…

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Taste and See: Joy without end

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Stained Glass, Knowle parish church. (c) 2018, Allen Morris

About Zion I will not be silent, about Jerusalem I will not grow weary, until her integrity shines out like the dawn and her salvation flames like a torch.

The nations then will see your integrity, all the kings your glory, and you will be called by a new name, one which the mouth of the Lord will confer.

You are to be a crown of splendour in the hand of the Lord, a princely diadem in the hand of your God; no longer are you to be named ‘Forsaken’, nor your land ‘Abandoned’, but you shall be called ‘My Delight’ and your land ‘The Wedded’; for the Lord takes delight in you and your land will have its wedding.

Like a young man marrying a virgin, so will the one who built you wed you, and as the bridegroom rejoices…

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Holocaust Memorial Day 2019

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Three suggestions as to how parishioners might mark Holocaust Memorial Day 2019.

Memorial, Yad Vashem, Jerusalem. (c) 2018, Allen Morris

1. Come along to St Nicholas church for Exposition and Evening Prayer at 6pm, Sunday 27th January. It will begin in the usual way with 30 minutes of Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament.
This will conclude with Benediction and be followed by a showing of In Our Own Voices, a video made by Fr Allen with students from Bishop Walsh School, drawing on the testimony of children of the Holocaust, survivors and victim. We will then pray Evening prayer for the Dead.

Auschwitz I. (c) 2013, Allen Morris.

2. Attend the civic service in the Banqueting Suite, Birmingham Council House, Victoria Sq, B1 1BB, 2-4pm . All welcome. Sunday 27th January, 2-4pm .

Auschwitz II. (c) 2013, Allen Morris

3. Spend some time in prayer and reflection at home. You might like to watch the Bishop Walsh video. It is available to view on-line here .
You might like also to reflect on the following prayer of Saint Pope John Paul

God of our fathers, You chose Abraham and his descendants to bring Your name to the nations.

We are saddened by the behaviour of those who, in the course of history, have caused these children of Yours to suffer.

Asking your forgiveness, we commit ourselves to genuine brotherhood with the people of the covenant. Amen.

Taste and See: Salvation

Living Eucharist

Stained glass, St Mary, Warmington. (c) 2018, Allen Morris

Grant us, O Lord, we pray,
that we may participate worthily in these mysteries,
for whenever the memorial of this sacrifice is celebrated
the work of our redemption is accomplished.
Through Christ our Lord.

Prayer over the Offerings

The Prayer over the Offerings heard at Mass yesterday is a sublime expression of Catholic theology about the Eucharist.

The Eucharist is memorial of the once and for all Sacrifice of Christ, his self-offering at the Cross. That Sacrifice is our salvation – the effective gift of God’s love to free us from sin and death – and it is accomplished here, now, in the memorial that makes it, him, really truly present.

If there is any provisionality about the matter, it lies in our response to the gift offered. And so we pray that we may participate worthily – worthy of God…

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Taste and See: Communion

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Capital, Cloister of Abbaye St-Pierre, Moissac, France. (c) 2018, Allen Morris.

There was a wedding at Cana in Galilee. The mother of Jesus was there, and Jesus and his disciples had also been invited. When they ran out of wine, since the wine provided for the wedding was all finished, the mother of Jesus said to him, ‘They have no wine.’ Jesus said ‘Woman, why turn to me? My hour has not come yet.’ His mother said to the servants, ‘Do whatever he tells you.’

There were six stone water jars standing there, meant for the ablutions that are customary among the Jews: each could hold twenty or thirty gallons.

Jesus said to the servants, ‘Fill the jars with water’, and they filled them to the brim. ‘Draw some out now’ he told them ‘and take it to the steward.’ They did this; the steward tasted the water, and it…

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