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~ St. Teresa of Jesus

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Service of Re-dedication to Our Lady

Posted on 16th February, 2020

 

At 11 am on Sunday 29th March in our Carmelite chapel there will be a special service for the Re-dedication of England to Our Lady. This will consist of readings, hymns, the rosary and other prayers leading up to the Angelus Promise and Act of Communal Entrustment at 12 noon, in union with numerous gatherings around the country.

 

 

Behold - The Dowry, Ever Ancient, Ever New

As King Richard II once gave England as a gift to Our Lady for her guidance in 1381, so we, too, in 2020 will seek Mary’s protection and prayers anew, giving ourselves to her through this act of re-dedication. We also recall how our country received the title ‘Mary’s Dowry’, meaning that England was ‘set aside’ as a gift, a dowry, for Our Blessed Lady, to be under her guidance and protection.

 

Re-dedication of England as 'The Dowry of Mary'In 'Behold 2020' the Catholic Bishops of England and Wales are encouraging the faithful to get involved in the re-dedication of our country to Our Lady as 'Mary's Dowry'. This will take place as a communal entrustment at midday on 29th March in many Cathedrals, parishes and Catholic institutions but people can equally respond by making a personal promise to Our Blessed Lady on the same day.


To find out more, just click on the link below:

https://www.cbcew.org.uk/home/events/behold-2020/

 

Fra Angelico's Presentation of the Lord in the Temple

Today, the Feast of the Presentation of the Lord in the Temple, is a day shining with light, like the candles which were blessed and lit at Mass this morning. They give this feast day its other name - Candlemas - and represent our carrying the light of Christ to the world.

 

The 2nd February is also the Church's World Day of Prayer for those in the Consecrated Life. Please pray for our Carmelite community in Wolverhampton and all who have given themselves wholly to God in the Religious Life, as well as for many new vocations. Thank you.

 

Enthronement of the Scriptures

In our Eucharistic celebration for the first 'Sunday of the Word of God', the sacred text was enthroned on a separate lectern in the sanctuary in order to help focus the attention of the assembly on the surpassing value of God's word. The priest who was to read the Gospel processed with it to the usual lectern so as to highlight the proclamation of the word of the Lord. If we had had two servers, they would have accompanied him bearing lighted candles to symbolise the light shed by this word. In his homily, among other things, our chaplain emphasised the honour that is due to God's holy word and encouraged the faithful to ever grow in their knowledge, love and appreciation of the gift of sacred Scripture, particularly the Gospels.

 

"Preach the word, be urgent in season and out of season, convince, rebuke, and exhort, be unfailing in patience and in teaching."

(St Paul to St Timothy on the proclamation of and teaching about the word of God - 2 Tim 4:2) 

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)

 

Prayer

 

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.

Amen.

 

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