Speak Lord: Beloved of God

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Enamel plaque. Collection of the Louvre, Paris. (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…

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Speak Lord: as we sing your praise

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Detail of Marriage at Cana by Murillo. Barber Institute, Birmingham. (c) 2018, Allen Morris.


Proclaim the wonders of the Lord among all the peoples.

 O sing a new song to the Lord,
sing to the Lord all the earth.
O sing to the Lord, bless his name.

Proclaim his help day by day,
tell among the nations his glory
and his wonders among all the peoples.

Give the Lord, you families of peoples,
give the Lord glory and power;
give the Lord the glory of his name.

Worship the Lord in his temple.
O earth, tremble before him.
Proclaim to the nations: ‘God is king.’
He will judge the peoples in fairness.

Responsorial Psalm for 2nd Sunday in Ordinary Time
Psalm 95(96):1-3,7-10

The new covenant initiated in Jesus Christ is a covenant open to all nations. Israel is secure in its relationship with the Lord, but now the promise to…

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Speak Lord: Gift and giver of gifts

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Stained glass. Parish church, Lynton, Devon. (c) 2013, Allen Morris


There is a variety of gifts but always the same Spirit; there are all sorts of service to be done, but always to the same Lord; working in all sorts of different ways in different people, it is the same God who is working in all of them.

The particular way in which the Spirit is given to each person is for a good purpose. One may have the gift of preaching with wisdom given him by the Spirit; another may have the gift of preaching instruction given him by the same Spirit; and another the gift of faith given by the same Spirit; another again the gift of healing, through this one Spirit; one, the power of miracles; another, prophecy; another the gift of recognising spirits; another the gift of tongues and another the ability to interpret them.

All…

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Speak Lord: source of Glory

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Detail from 11th C, Hildesheim Column.
Plaster cast in collection in collection of Victoria and Albert Museum. (c) 2007, 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.’…

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Taste and See: What it’s all about

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Detail from Sarcophagus. Musee Arles, Antique. (c) 2017, Allen Morris.

O God, whose Only Begotten Son
has appeared in our very flesh,
grant, we pray, that we may be inwardly transformed
through him whom we recognize as outwardly like ourselves.
Who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, for ever and ever.

Alternative Collect for the feast of the Baptism of the Lord

We are called to authenticity in our Christian identity.

For us baptism can be a social ritual devoid of spiritual meaning, a joining of a club with a certain cachet (otherwise why bother) but a club that is self-serving and godless.

Or, for us, Baptism can be a personal response to the love of God, a sincere expression of our desire to live from that love, loving God, loving neighbour: the Baptismal vocation is something we commit to, almost as…

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Taste and See: Our God

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Mosaic, Lourdes. (c) 2016, Allen Morris

‘Console my people, console them’ says your God. ‘Speak to the heart of Jerusalem and call to her that her time of service is ended, that her sin is atoned for, that she has received from the hand of the Lord double punishment for all her crimes.’

A voice cries, ‘Prepare in the wilderness a way for the Lord. Make a straight highway for our God across the desert. Let every valley be filled in, every mountain and hill be laid low. Let every cliff become a plain, and the ridges a valley; then the glory of the Lord shall be revealed and all mankind shall see it; for the mouth of the Lord has spoken.’

Go up on a high mountain, joyful messenger to Zion. Shout with a loud voice, joyful messenger to Jerusalem. Shout without fear, say to the towns of Judah…

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Taste and See: God’s love

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A feeling of expectancy had grown among the people, who were beginning to think that John might be the Christ, so John declared before them all, ‘I baptise you with water, but someone is coming, someone who is more powerful than I am, and I am not fit to undo the strap of his sandals; he will baptise you with the Holy Spirit and fire. 

Now when all the people had been baptised and while Jesus after his own baptism was at prayer, heaven opened and the Holy Spirit descended on him in bodily shape, like a dove. And a voice came from heaven, ‘You are my Son, the Beloved; my favour rests on you.’

Gospel for Feast of the Baptism of the Lord
Luke 3:15-16,21-22

The Baptism of Jesus is one of the key moments of revelation – like the epiphany to the Shepherds, and to the wise men…

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Pastoral Care for those who have been divorced and wish to remarry

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The experience of a ‘broken’ marriage is a hard one for people to bear.

It can be particularly difficult and arduous for those who at a future date wish to ‘re-marry’ in the Catholic Church.

Why? Because of the Church’s need to establish whether the divorced person is free to celebrate the Sacrament of Matrimony.

With the best will in the world, the process of establishing this freedom to marry can be painful. Though it must be said it can also prove to be a good experience that allows people to move on, having dealt afresh with past hurts.

Recently Pope Francis introduced new procedures for the formal process concerning the declaration of nullity of marriage.

Pope Francis’ emphasis on mercy is at the heart of these changes. The new norms imbue the search for truth with the mercy of God. This has always been the aim. However, quicker processes, the concern that the lack of finance should not be a constraint and the possibility that a diocesan bishop may be able to use their judicial power for the good of those in their care, all contribute to that search for truth and mercy.

The National Board of Catholic Women has prepared a Guide to the Annulment Process as a resource to assist all those in our communities whose marriages have failed, and those accompanying them; and restore to them, with the mercy of God, hope and confidence on the journey of faith in the light of the Gospel.

If wish to know more, for your self or to help you support a friend, Fr Allen would be very happy to meet with you to discuss things. The Guide itself includes a very useful list of other sources of help and support .