THE ASCENSION OF THE LORD

THE ASCENSION OF THE LORD

PARISH MASS 1000

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Ascension is not just a feast that happens to fall in Eastertide: it is an integral part of the Easter mystery. Remember the Lord’s words at the Last Supper: “I am going to prepare a place for, and after I have gone and prepared you a place, I shall return to take you with me.” The resurrection presumes the Lord’s return to the Father. This is therefore a feast of hope: our hope in the Lord’s return, as he went. Our hope that he will take us with him, when our bodies are raised as his was. Our hope that we will take our place in heaven, where he sits on the Father’s right.

 

MASS BOOKLET ascension 2014

THE FEAST OF THE DEDICATION OF ALL SAINTS CHURCH

THE FEAST OF THE DEDICATION

OF ALL SAINTS CHURCH 

And Centenary of the Consecration

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10am

According to the Book of Common Prayer (Adapted)

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Today we celebrate another glorious feast: it is the feast of the Lord’s house, of God’s temple, of the city of the eternal King, of Christ’s bride. Let us ask ourselves what this house of God, this temple, this city, and this bride can be. With awe and reverence I say: It is we ourselves. I say it is we ourselves, but in the heart of God; it is we ourselves, but by his grace and not by any merits of our own. We humans must beware of appropriating what belongs to God, of taking the glory to ourselves; otherwise, if we exalt ourselves, he will humble us and bring us down La our proper level. On the other hand, a humble acknowledgement of our maladies will arouse his compassion. Indeed this is enough to make God feed us in our hunger like a well-to-do father. So under his protection we shall have bread in abundance and thus become his house in which life-giving food is never lacking.

Bear in mind also that he describes his house as a house of prayer, and that holiness befits this house; then the purity of self-restraint will accompany the tears of repentance, and what is already God’s house will become his temple as well. Be holy, says the Lord, because I am holy. And the Apostle says: Do you not realize that your bodies are the temple of the Holy Spirit and the Holy Spirit dwells in you?

But is even holiness enough? According to the Apostle, peace too is necessary, for he says: Strive to be at peace with everyone, and to achieve the holiness without which no one can see God. It is peace that makes brothers dwell together in unity and builds for our king, the true king of peace, a new city also called Jerusalem, which means “vision of peace.”

But how can so great a king become a bridegroom, and a city a bride? This is possible to love alone, which is as strong as death, and can do anything. Can it not easily lift her up, when it has already brought him down?

And so, if the abundance of our food shows us to be the house of a great Father, if holiness shows us to be God’s temple, if the sharing of a common life shows us to be the city of the great king, and if love shows us to be the bride of the immortal bridegroom, then we can surely say without hesitation that today’s feast is our feast. Nor should you be surprised that such a feast is celebrated here on earth; it is, after all, being celebrated in heaven too! For if as Truth says, so it must be true, there is joy in heaven and even among God’s angels over a single sinner repenting, then the joy there today must be many times greater at so many sinners repenting. Let us then share the rejoicing of the angels, let us share the joy of God, and let us keep today’s feast with thanksgiving, for the fact that it is our own should make us all the more willing to celebrate it.

St. Bernard of Clairvaux, from the 5th Sermon for the Dedication of a Church

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WEDNESDAY of EASTER WEEK 5

WEDNESDAY of EASTER WEEK 5

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MASS 0930 & 1900

COMPLINE  2100

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Gospel John 15:1-8
Jesus said:
‘I am the true vine,
and my Father is the vinedresser.
Every branch in me that bears no fruit
he cuts away,
and every branch that does bear fruit
he prunes to make it bear even more.
You are pruned already,
by means of the word that I have spoken to you.
Make your home in me, as I make mine in you.
As a branch cannot bear fruit all by itself,
but must remain part of the vine,
neither can you unless you remain in me.
I am the vine,
you are the branches.
Whoever remains in me, with me in him,
bears fruit in plenty;
for cut off from me you can do nothing.
Anyone who does not remain in me
is like a branch that has been thrown away – he withers;
these branches are collected and thrown on the fire,
and they are burnt.
If you remain in me
and my words remain in you,
you may ask what you will
and you shall get it.
It is to the glory of my Father that you should bear much fruit,
and then you will be my disciples.’

5TH SUNDAY OF EASTER

5TH SUNDAY OF EASTER

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We continue to explore the meaning of baptism, of membership of the Church, of living a life which has been immersed in the life and death of Jesus Christ: in other words, we continue our ‘Mystagogy’ – our training in the mystery of Baptism and the other Sacraments. We hear more about ‘who Jesus is’, with another ‘I am’ statement: “I am the Way, the Truth and the Life”. We are baptised into his way, his truth and his life.

We hear about the earliest community struggling with the life they are called to by baptism, and Peter again reminds us that baptism builds us into a ‘spiritual house’ with Jesus as our cornerstone. The mystery of the Church is clearly before us today: the Church is the community of those baptised in Christ, the pilgrim people walking with Christ (who has shown us the Father) to the place he has prepared for us. Today’s reading can perhaps make us think a little about how we form part of this ‘spiritual house’, the Church, as we journey to the Father.

FRIDAY OF EASTER WEEK 4

FRIDAY OF EASTER WEEK 4

MASS 0930

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Gospel John 14:7-14
Jesus said to his disciples:
‘If you know me, you know my Father too.
From this moment you know him and have seen him.’
Philip said, ‘Lord, let us see the Father and then we shall be satisfied.’
  ‘Have I been with you all this time, Philip,’ said Jesus to him, ‘and you still do not know me?
‘To have seen me is to have seen the Father,
so how can you say, “Let us see the Father”?
Do you not believe
that I am in the Father and the Father is in me?
The words I say to you I do not speak as from myself:
it is the Father, living in me, who is doing this work.
You must believe me when I say
that I am in the Father and the Father is in me;
believe it on the evidence of this work, if for no other reason.
I tell you most solemnly,
whoever believes in me
will perform the same works as I do myself,
he will perform even greater works,
because I am going to the Father.
Whatever you ask for in my name I will do,
so that the Father may be glorified in the Son.
If you ask for anything in my name,
I will do it.’

FRIDAY OF EASTER WEEK 4

FRIDAY OF EASTER WEEK 4

MASS 0930

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GOSPEL READING – JOHN 14,1-6

Jesus said to his disciples: “Do not let your hearts be troubled. You trust in God, trust also in me. In my Father’s house there are many places to live in; otherwise I would have told you. I am going now to prepare a place for you, and after I have gone and prepared you a place, I shall return to take you to myself, so that you may be with me where I am. You know the way to the place where I am going.

Thomas said, ‘Lord, we do not know where you are going, so how can we know the way?’

Jesus said: I am the Way; I am Truth and Life. No one can come to the Father except through me.