On Sunday we started the new liturgical year with the First Sunday of Advent.
Advent is the Season that includes four Sundays preceding Christmas. The Advent Season marks the beginning of the Liturgical Calendar. It always begins in late November or early December. On November 30th or on the Sunday that is the closest to this date, the Catholic Church begins the Liturgical Season of Advent. Advent ends on December 24th before the evening prayer of Christmas.
The word “advent” is derived from the Latin word “adventus,” which means “coming” or “arrival.” During this time the faithful are admonished to prepare themselves for the coming of the Lord Jesus in three ways:
(1) First, to prepare themselves for the coming of the Lord as the Judge, either at death or at the end of this world, whichever may come first.
(2) Secondly, to prepare themselves to receive the Real Presence of our Redeemer at Christmas through the Sacrament of the Holy Eucharist.
(3) Thirdly, to prepare themselves for the coming of Christmas, the birthday anniversary of the Lord’s coming into this world as God incarnate.
Today is the Memorial of Saint Ignatius of Antioch.
St Ignatius followed St Peter as bishop of Antioch and was thrown to wild beasts in Rome (possibly at the Colosseum) during the persecution of Trajan. He wrote 7 epistles, which give a clear picture of Christian belief and practice a century or so after Christ’s birth.
Last Sunday in Rome, Pope Francis Canonised Cardinal John Henry Newman. Therefore he is now a Saint no longer a Blessed. For us a Parish and indeed many others this is wonderful news! Now the Canonisation has taken place we have some changes to make within the Parish. Our noticeboards need updating and also our social media pages need their names changing. You can now find our updated Facebook and Twitter pages here: https://twitter.com/SJHNMorecambe https://www.facebook.com/SJHNParishMorecambe/
At the 10:30am Mass on Sunday we will be celebrating the Titular Feast of St Mary’s Church ‘Our Lady of the Seven Dolours’. We can be reminded of this by looking at the stained glass window inside the Church (see the photo above). What are the Seven Sorrows?
The prophecy of Simeon. (St. Luke 2:34, 35)
The flight into Egypt. (St. Matthew 2:13, 14)
The loss of the Child Jesus in the temple. (St. Luke 2: 43-45)
The meeting of Jesus and Mary on the Way of the Cross.
The taking down of the Body of Jesus from the Cross.
On Saturday a group of people (including Bishop Paul and two Priests) from different parishes in the Deanery came together to cycle around our local countryside. The route actually went beyond the Deanery border to Silverdale and Arnside before crossing back into the Deanery for a lunch stop in Kirkby Lonsdale. In total the distance cycled was around 47 miles and this is the second time the event took place… let’s hope for the return of the St Peter’s Deanery cycle tour next year!
In the Church, all crucifixes and images may be covered in veils (usually purple, the colour of vestments in Lent) starting on Passion Sunday: “The practice of covering crosses and images in the church may be observed, if the episcopal conference decides. The crosses are to be covered until the end of the celebration of the Lord’s passion on Good Friday. Statues and images are to remain covered until the beginning of the Easter Vigil.” (Specifically, those veils are removed during the singing of the Gloria.) The veiling was associated with Passion Sunday’s Gospel (John 8:46-59), in which Jesus “hid himself” from the people.