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This Sunday, 17th December, the third in Advent is known as Gaudete Sunday, from the Latin entrance antiphon, taken from St Paul- Gaudete in Domino semper: iterum dico, gaudete. Dominus enim prope est. (Rejoice in the Lord always; again I say Rejoice. Indeed the Lord is near.) It is, like the 4th Sunday of Lent, a day of relaxed discipline in terms of fasting in preparation for the great solemn feast of the Lord's Nativity. In some churches the colour of vestment and decoration is pink-part way between the purple used in Advent and the white of festivity at Christmass. It is an "intermediate" Sunday. On this Sunday we hear in the Gospel of St John the Baptist who himself is a kind of intermediary, between Old and New Covenants.
St John is at the end of a long line of prophets sent to announce the final stage of God's intent to restore all things as at the creation, before the fall of mankind into disobedience. Here we use obedience in its Latin sense, "to hear"; so our first parents failed to heed or listen to the Lord's instruction about life, they failed to gain the wisdom needed to live in harmony with creation, with one another and with the Lord. St John is referred to as a voice crying in the wilderness- the wilderness of mankind's deafness to God's call to turn hearts and minds to his ways. That intermediate voice closes the old covenants and prepares the ears of the heart to be opened to the new covenant which is sealed by Jesus, the Word of God made flesh from Our Lady St Mary. The call of the Baptist prepares the hearer for the "Fiat" of Mary through which the Holy Spirit enables the divine to join humanity and human kind to be joined to the divine life, lost in that first disobedience. What a great wonder this is; no wonder that we are called to Rejoice and again Rejoice! Fr Mike
Our parish is affiliated to The Society of St Wilfred and St Hilda and registered with Forward in Faith; it is also wedded to the Five Guiding Principles of the House of Bishop’s Declaration on Holy Order, trying to maintain the highest possible unity of the Church of England.
Our family Masses are due for an overhaul and hopefully a new style in the new year.
Whilst these Masses will hopefully allow the newcomer to appreciate the central role of the Mass in the Christian life, solemn Masses will also be offered on other Sundays.
These Masses will continue to be at 10am.
The 8am Mass will continue to be said.
Evening services on Sundays are also being re-considered under various guises. There is likely to be a form of “healing service” once a month.
The particular service and its time will be advertised in church and in the pages of this website.
A prayer for England:
O Blessed Virgin Mary, Mother of God and our most gentle Queen and Mother, look down in mercy on England thy Dowry and upon us all who greatly hope and trust in thee. By thee it was that Jesus, our Saviour and our hope, was given to the world; and he has given thee to us that we might hope still more. Plead for us thy children, whom thou didst accept at the foot of the Cross, O Sorrowful Mother. Intercede for our separated brethren that with us in the one true fold they may be united to the One True Shepherd. Pray for us all, dear Mother, that by faith fruitful in good works we may all deserve to see and serve God, together with thee, in our heavenly home. Amen.
The Mission Society of St Wilfred & St Hilda was launched at St. Peter’s Crabbs Cross Redditch by Bishop Jonathan Baker. The Society’s aims and constitution can be read on its own website www.sswsh.com .
We are still fund raising to restore our church roof. One way to help is to visit www.easyfundraising.org.uk , sign in and look for St Peters Crabbs Cross-Church Roof Appeal. Thanks to all who have contributed in this and other ways. We have collected almost half the required amount.