Earlier this evening at St. Peter’s Cathedral in Lancaster the Deanery Vocations Mass was celebrated. The word ‘Deanery’ of course meaning that Priests and Parishioners from various Parishes in the Lancaster Deanery were present at Mass, infact a large portion of the congregation were from our Parish of Blessed John Henry Newman in Morecambe!
In the picture above the Vocations Director for the Diocese of Lancaster Fr Darren Carden can be seen preaching the Homily. He urged the congregation to pray for an increase in Priestly Vocations for the Diocese. Fr Darren also said that God has a different vocation for each one of us, whether it be Priesthood, Religious Life, Marriage and Family Life, Single Life and it’s up to us to ask God what he wants us to do. What is my Vocation?
“Pray therefore to the Lord of the harvest, that he send labourers into his harvest.”
This weekend Mr Christopher Robson spoke at all Masses on behalf of Aid to the Church in Need. He gave us an insight into what the charity is and the work is does and the aid it provides to Christians who are in need. Please pray for this great charity!
As requested by the Catholic Bishops of England and Wales, the prayer for the Queen’s 90th birthday was said at Masses this weekend!
The words of the prayer can be seen below:
Priest: O Lord, save Elizabeth, our Queen.
All: And hear us on the day we call upon you.
Priest: O Lord, hear my prayer. …
All: And let my cry come before you.
Priest: The Lord be with you.
All: And with your spirit.
Almighty God, we pray, that your servant Elizabeth, our Queen, who, by your providence has received the governance of this realm, may continue to grow in every virtue, that, imbued with your heavenly grace, she may be preserved from all that is harmful and evil and, being blessed with your favour may, with her consort and the royal family, come at last into your presence, through Christ who is the way, the truth and the life and who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen
The gifts of bread and wine which will become The Lord’s Body and Blood are brought forward to the Priest at the Altar – this is called an Offertory procession.
As the Deacon pours a little water into the wine he says:
By the mystery of this water and wine, may we come to share in the divinity of Christ, who humbled himself to share in our humanity.
The Priest offers the bread and wine to God saying:
Blessed are you, Lord God of all creation, for through your goodness we have received the bread we offer you: fruit of the earth and work of human hands, it will become for us the bread of life.
Blessed are you, Lord God of all creation, for through your goodness we have received the wine we offer you: fruit of the vine and work of human hands, it will become our spiritual drink.
As the Priest washes his hands he says:
Wash me, O Lord, from my iniquity and cleanse me from my sin.