Urbi et Orbi Blessing – Friday 27 March 2020 at 5pm
Pope Francis invites all the Christian faithful to participate in a special time of prayer led by him at Saint Peter Square on Friday, 27 March 2020. The ceremony will include readings from the Scriptures and adoration of the Blessed Sacrament. It will conclude with the Pope imparting the Urbi et Orbi blessing which is usually held only twice per year, at Christmas and Easter, from the balcony over the entrance of Saint Peter Basilica. The prayer and blessing will be live-streamed on the Vatican News website (www.vaticannews.va) at 5:00 pm.
CORONAVIRUS – SUSPENSION OF MASSES
Following national guidance from the Catholic Church in England and Wales, there will be no public celebrations of Mass in the church until further notice. The church will open on Sunday 29 March for private prayer only (not Mass) from 9:15 am to 10 am. At all times social distancing must be observed while in the church, and on entering and leaving it.
Please read the Catholic Bishops’ Conference Letter.
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Please find Weekly Mass Sheet here.
The Legion of Mary Daily Prayers
Please join our daily 3 pm prayers for those affected by Covid19 and the eradication of the virus, saying the following prayers – Our Father, Hail Mary, Glory Be to the Father, Our Lady Help of Christians, pray for us, St Patrick, pray for us.
Gospel Reflections (John 11: 1-45)
This is the third of the great Johannine gospel readings on the Sundays of Lent which lead up to and prepare us for the baptisms of the new members of Christ at the Easter Vigil; today’s gospel grips us with the story of Jesus’ gift of life to his friend Lazarus. This is not the same thing as the gift of life to us by Jesus in the resurrection, for Lazarus returns to ordinary human life, and will die again, whereas the Christian resurrection transforms us into a new way of life, giving us a life which is a participation in the divine life for ever. Rather, the resurrection of Lazarus is the last and greatest of Jesus’ signs, his marvellous works which point towards and hint at this final gift of divine life. The first of the signs was the transformation of the water of the Law into the wine of the messianic wedding banquet at Cana. These signs show who Jesus really is. As well as showing the divine power of Jesus – for only God can give life – they also show the real, human love of Jesus for his friends. He is upset by Lazarus’ death and weeps for him, sharing the human sorrow of his family as he shares our sorrows too. Is death something to fear?
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