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not in thinking much of God

but in loving Him ardently.'

~ St. Teresa of Jesus

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Week of Prayer for Christian Unity

Posted on 18th January, 2020


Week of Prayer for Christian UnityToday marks the beginning of the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity (18th-25th January). This year we are invited to see God working through people and places which offer unusual kindness, the key text being the story of St Paul’s being shipwrecked on Malta in Acts 27 and 28.


Our prayer for Christian unity is deeply rooted in the Bible. We pray for unity because Jesus prayed that His disciples would be one, that the world might believe (John 17:20-21). St Paul also urged the churches to which he wrote to recognise their unity in Christ, even though there was much diversity within them (1 Corinthians 12:12-27).


As we approach one another, seeking unity, we recognize that we sometimes carry baggage from history, tradition and cultural expectation, which can weigh us down and threaten to overwhelm us. There is the danger that, in the face of that experience, we might lose sight of the hope which first called us and so give up reaching for the light which Christ offers us.

St Paul challenged his fellow travellers, sailors, soldiers and prisoners to keep up their courage. In the face of apparent desperation and hopelessness, we are challenged to put our trust in God and allow ourselves to be held and carried through the waters. There will be times when we are broken, as individuals and as churches, and looking back we shall see not just the one set of footprints in the sand, but hundreds, as we are surrounded and supported by those who love us. There will be times when, standing in the storms of our own making, we are challenged to demonstrate unusual kindness in the face of worldly indifference.

To demonstrate unusual kindness is to see the sister and brother in the monster’s shame and know that they too are children of God. To demonstrate unusual kindness is to give without counting the cost, and to allow ourselves to be given unto without questioning worth. As we reflect upon, and pray for, Christian unity, we acknowledge the injury that we have caused, the pain that we carry, the baggage that we must jettison. We pray for Christian unity as the place from which we can move onward in faith and in hope for the redemption of the world and the restoration of creation.

Feast of the Baptism of the Lord

Posted on 12th January, 2020


Icon of the Baptism of the LordToday we celebrate the Feast of the Baptism of the Lord and the last day of Christmastide.


The entrance antiphon seems to sum up the mystery of this second Epiphany: "When the Lord had been baptised, the heavens opened, and the Spirit came down like a dove to rest on him. Then the voice of the Father thundered: This is my beloved Son, with him I am well pleased."


From the first reading (Isaiah 42:1-4,6-7):

"Here is my servant whom I uphold,

my chosen one in whom my soul delights.

I have endowed him with my spirit

that he may bring true justice to the nations.

I, the Lord, have called you to serve the cause of right;

I have taken you by the hand and formed you;

I have appointed you as covenant of the people and light of the nations,

to open the eyes of the blind,

to free captives from prison,

and those who live in darkness from the dungeon."




Solemnity of the Epiphany of the Lord

Posted on 5th January, 2020


Crib inside after the arrival of the Magi"All the nations shall come to adore you
and glorify your name, O Lord:
for you are great and do marvellous deeds,
you who alone are God." (Psalm 85)




On this day, Lord God,

by a guiding star you revealed your Only-Begotten Son

to all the peoples of the world.

Lead us from the faith by which we know you now

to the vision of your glory, face to face.

Through Christ our Lord.



At the start of this new year, under the protection of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Mother of God, we wish all our friends, followers and benefactors every spiritual blessing. In the words of today's first reading from Numbers 6:

"May the Lord bless you and keep you.

May the Lord let his face shine on you and be gracious to you.

May the Lord uncover his face to you and bring you peace."


Statue of Our Lady and the Infant Jesus on our Antechoir altarOur Lady's altar in our chapel decorated for Christmas

Feast of the Holy Family

Posted on 29th December, 2019


Crib outside in our chapelThe readings for the Feast of the Holy Family challenge us to listen sensitively to each other; to be prepared to let go of our own desires and to be deeply aware of each other’s thoughts and feelings as we make decisions together. For this, we need to ask the Holy Spirit to open our hearts to the gifts of compassion and understanding, courage and hopefulness.

Nativity of Our Lord Jesus Christ

Posted on 25th December, 2019


Wishing all our friends, followers and benefactors and your families a very happy and blessed Christmas, filled with the radiant love, beauty, peace and humility of our New-born Saviour. Know that we will keep you and all your special intentions in our hearts and prayers.


Nativity Scene

Fourth Sunday of Advent

Posted on 22nd December, 2019


'Drop down dew from above, you heavens, and let the clouds rain down the Just One; let the earth be opened and bring forth a Saviour.' (Entrance Antiphon)


Advent wreath with 4th candle litAs you can see in the photograph, at First Vespers yesterday we lit the last purple candle of our Advent wreath to represent the 4th Sunday of Advent. 'The Lord is at hand.'




Pour forth, we beseech you, O Lord,

your grace into our hearts,

that we, to whom the Incarnation of Christ your Son

was made known by the message of an Angel,

may by his Passion and Cross

be brought to the glory of his Resurrection.

Who lives and reigns for ever and ever.


Third Sunday of Advent

Posted on 15th December, 2019


Advent wreath with three candles lit'Rejoice in the Lord always; again I say, rejoice. Indeed, the Lord is near.'

(Entrance Antiphon)


Last night we lit the third (rose-coloured) candle on our Advent wreath for the Third Sunday of Advent, also known as Gaudete Sunday from the Latin word for 'Rejoice', the first in the above antiphon.




Grant, almighty God,

that looking forward in faith to the feast of our Lord's birth,

we may feel all the happiness our Saviour brings

and celebrate his coming with unfailing joy.

Through Christ our Lord.



Second Sunday of Advent

Posted on 8th December, 2019


Advent wreath with two candles litOn this Second Sunday of Advent, we are called by John the Baptist to be converted and prepare the way for the Lord in our hearts. We must also consider humbly whether our spiritual lives are really bearing good fruit and if we are not just Christians in name only.




May our prayer of petition

rise before you, we pray, O Lord,

that, with purity unblemished,

we, your servants, may come, as we desire,

to celebrate the great mystery

of the Incarnation of your Only Begotten Son

Who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit,

one God, for ever and ever.


First Sunday of Advent

Posted on 1st December, 2019


Today we begin the Season of Advent, a time of vigilance, conversion of heart and renewal of life as we prepare for the coming of our God, in a few weeks' time this Christmas and at the end of time. This is a picture of one of our Advent wreaths with the first candle lit for the 1st Sunday of Advent.

One of ou Advent wreaths with the first candle litPrayer
Grant your faithful, we pray, almighty God,

the resolve to run forth to meet your Christ

with righteous deeds at his coming,

so that, gathered at his right hand,

they may be worthy to possess the heavenly Kingdom.

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.



Second Reading
Romans 13: 11-14
Our salvation is near
You know 'the time' has come: you must wake up now: our salvation is even nearer than it was when we were converted. The night is almost over, it will be daylight soon - let us give up all the things we prefer to do under the cover of the dark; let us arm ourselves and appear in the light. Let us live decently as people do in the daytime: no drunken orgies, no promiscuity or licentiousness, and no wrangling or jealousy. Let your armour be the Lord Jesus Christ.