LOW MASS 0930 (EXTERNAL SOLEMNITY KEPT ON SUNDAY)
The commemoration of the death of the Blessed Virgin Mary (the Dormition, or falling asleep, as it was known in the East) is known as the Assumption because of the tradition that her body did not decay but that she was raised up, body and soul, into heaven. This tradition was already present in the sixth century; by the beginning of the twentieth century it was widespread
MASS 1915 – VIGIL 2000
The situation in Iraq is getting worse each day, Christians are being massacred, there is genital mutilation happening, and rape on a massive scale.
What can we do?
WRITE – Please consider writing to your MP and demand that the government do something to halt these atrocities.
PRAY – to help us do this on Tuesday evening we will hold a prayer vigil at 8pm for the Christians of Iraq – please do Come.
SIGN – sign the online petition. http://epetitions.direct.gov.uk/petitions/67979
The plight of our Iraq
is deep and the suffering of Christians
is severe and frightening.
Therefore, we ask you Lord
to spare their lives, and to grant them patience,
and courage to continue their witness of Christian values
with trust and hope.
Lord, peace is the foundation of life;
Grant us the peace and stability that will enable us
to live with each other without fear and anxiety,
and with dignity and joy.
Glory be to you forever.
Prayer of Patriarch Sako – Chaldean Catholic Patriarch of Iraq
LITURGY VIGIL FOR IRAQ
He was born in Castile (part of modern Spain) and became a canon of the cathedral of Osma. He accompanied his bishop (Diego de Azevedo) in a mission of preaching against the Albigensian heresy, which was then strong in southern France. While the official missions lived in formality and splendour, Dominic and Diego lived in extreme poverty, and prepared with great diligence for the debates that they held with their opponents. When the suppression of Albigensianism was undertaken by invasion and war of a particularly savage kind, Dominic continued to try to preach and persuade.
In 1216 he founded the Order of Preachers, dedicated to saving souls by preaching and persuasion. Like the Franciscans, founded a few years before, the Dominicans put great importance on poverty, both of the individual and of the community, and of the need to be involved directly in the world while still living some form of monastic life. At a time when the settled Benedictine monasteries had grown into great and rich institutions, this was a revolutionary and to some a subversive concept. The Friars made a lasting impact on the life of mediaeval Europe, and the Dominicans in particular altered the course of intellectual history by making a well-thought-out and rational response to the new learning that was appearing as long-forgotten thinkers such as Aristotle became known once more in the Christian West.
Dominic died at Bologna on 6th August 1221.
HOLY HOUR & JESUS PRAYER FOR IRAQ
August 7th in the Prayer Book Calendar was the Feast of The Holy Name of Jesus.
It is also the day on Which the Great hymnographer, theologian and Founder of the Society of St Margaret JOHN MASON NEALE is commemorated as he died on the feast of the Transfiguration.
Neale was strongly anglo-catholic in his sympathies, and had to endure a good deal of opposition, including a fourteen years’ inhibition by his bishop. Neale translated the Eastern liturgies into English, and wrote a mystical and devotional commentary on the Psalms. However, he is best known as a hymn writer and, especially, translator, having enriched English hymnody with many ancient and mediaeval hymns translated from Latin and Greek. More than anyone else, he made English-speaking congregations aware of the centuries-old tradition of Latin, Greek, Russian, and Syrian hymns. The English Hymnal (1906) contains 63 of his translated hymns and six original hymns by Neale.
On the evening before his funeral. Neale was taken into the Convent Chapel, the orphans carrying his coffin and walking behind singing his translation of the Alleluiatic Sequence, to gregorian melodies.
Grey’s own memoirs, published in 1925, mention the remark as taking place on 3 August 1914:
- A friend came to see me on one of the evenings of the last week — he thinks it was on Monday, August 3rd. We were standing at a window of my room in the Foreign Office. It was getting dusk, and the lamps were being lit in the space below on which we were looking. My friend recalls that I remarked on this with the words: “The lamps are going out all over Europe, we shall not see them lit again in our life-time.”
In 1927 John Alfred Spender, editor of the Westminster Gazette until 1922, confessed that he had been the friend Grey had spoken to:
- I had two short talks with Grey during the “twelve days.” I ran into him on the stairs of the Foreign Office on Saturday, August 1st […] I saw him again late in the evening at his room at the Foreign Office on Monday, August 3rd, and it was to me he used the words which he has repeated in his book, “The lamps are going out all over Europe, and we shall not see them lit again in our lifetime.” We were standing together at the window looking out into the sunset across St. James’s Park, and the appearance of the first lights along the Mall suggested the thought.
Grant perpetual mercy to your departed servants, who died for our freedom, O Lord, that the hope and faith they had in you may benefit them for all eternity.
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.
Vespers of the dead Booklet
PARISH MASS & HOLY BAPTISM 1000
VESPERS & BENEDICTION 1800
Mass Book 18a
Divine providence is a wonderful thing: God is so generous with his creation (it is human greed that denies some their rightful share). The Kingdom of God is the time and place when this vision will be fully realised, when all who wish may ‘come to the water’, when all who are hungry may ‘eat as much as they want’, when what is left over is still enough for all the twelve tribes of Israel. Our contemplation of the kingdom of God, through the parables and miracles of Jesus, should stir us up to build this kingdom here and now. The miracle of Divine providence is allowed to work when human greed and selfishness give way to the power of the Spirit working within us, and we share all we have with those in need. Our hearts are set on the kingdom of God, where there is corn and wine and milk in abundance.
Martha was the sister of Mary of Bethany and Lazarus. In the West, her feast day comes a week after that of St Mary Magdalene because of the old and probably erroneous tradition that Mary Magdalene was the same person as Martha’s sister.
But at least Martha and Mary both get celebrated somehow. What about poor Lazarus? He deserves our sympathy for being brought back to life by Jesus so as, later, to have to die all over again. What he thought of being brought back to Earth is not recorded. The presence of the incarnate Lord must have made up for the postponement of Heaven, but – where less dramatic circumstances are concerned – we should think of Lazarus when we prepare to make spectacular acts of charity on behalf of people who may not necessarily appreciate our interventions.