“And they continued steadfastly in the apostles’ doctrine and fellowship, in the breaking of bread, and in prayers.”Acts 2:42
|SUN||26.05||St Augustine of Canterbury||Easter V|
|08:30||Mass & homily StADM p.668 & p.1220||Chapel|
|10:30||Sunday Worship Nursing Home||Worthing|
|MON||27.05||St Philip Neri||Rogationtide.|
|10:30||Mass & homily StADM p.1216||Chapel|
|09:30||Breaking Fast||Cosy Cafe|
|TUE||28.05||St Bede the Venerable||Rogationtide.|
|08:30||Mass & homily StADM p.1219||Chapel|
|10:00||Breaking Fast||Roedean Cafe|
|WED||29.05||Vigil of the Ascension of Our Lord||Rogationtide.|
|08:30||Mass & homily StADM p.676||Chapel|
|09:30||Hub Drop in Breaking Fast||BCH|
|17:30||Holy Hour & Benediction||Chapel|
|18:45||Conference Heresies III||Chapel|
|THU||30.05||THE ASCENSION OF OUR LORD||of Obligation|
|08:30||Mass & homily StADM p.682||Chapel|
|09:30||Breaking Fast||BCH Cafe|
|08:30||Mass & homily StADM p.1224||Chapel|
|10:00||Breaking Fast||Roedean Cafe|
|SAT||01.06||SS. Marcellinus, Peter & Erasmus||Bishop & Martyrs.|
|08:30||Mass & homily StADM p.1224||Chapel|
|SUN||02.06||Sunday After The Ascension||Octave Day of |
|08:30||Mass & homily StADM p.688||Chapel|
|10:00||Breaking Fast||Roedean Cafe|
Yet four days and our risen Jesus, Whose company has been so dear and precious to us, will have disappeared from the earth. This Fifth Sunday after Easter seems to prepare us for the separation. In a week’s time, we shall begin the long series of Sundays which are to pass before He returns to judge the world. This is a grief to the Christian; for he knows that he will not see his Savior in bodily form until after this life, and he feels something of the sorrow the Apostles had at the Last Supper, when Jesus said to them; Yet a little while, and you shall not see Me (John 16: 16).
But after His Resurrection, what must these privileged men have felt, when they perceived, as we do, that this beloved Master was soon to leave them! They had, so to speak, been living with Jesus glorified; they had experienced the effects of His divine condescension and intimacy; they had received from His lips every instruction they needed for the fulfillment of His will, that is, for founding on earth the Church He had chosen as His spouse. These happy forty days are fast drawing to a close. The Apostles will then be deprived of Jesus’ visible presence, even to the end of their lives.
Communion of Mary We too shall feel something of their sadness, if we have kept ourselves united to our Holy Mother the Church. From the very first day, when She recommended, for our sakes, the ecclesiastical year, during which all the mysteries of our redemption, from the Birth of our Emmanuel even to His triumphant Ascension into Heaven, were to be celebrated—have not we also been living in company with Her Jesus, our Redeemer? And now that He is about to close the sweet intercourse which these seasons and feasts have kept up between Himself and us, are not our feelings very much like those of the Apostles?
But there is one creature on earth, whom Jesus is leaving, and whose feelings at the approaching separation we cannot attempt to describe. Never had there been a heart so submissive to the will of Her Creator; but, at the same time, there never was any creature so severely tried as She had been. Jesus would have His Mother’s love still increase; He therefore subjects Her to the separation from Himself. Moreover, He wishes Her to co-operate in the formation of the Church, for He has declared that the great work shall not be achieved without Her. In all this, Jesus shows how tenderly He loves His Blessed Mother: He wishes Her merit to be so great, that He may justly give Her the brightest possible crown, when the day of Her own assumption into Heaven comes.
The heart of this incomparable Queen is not, indeed, to be again transfixed with a sword of sorrow: it is to be consumed by a love so intense that no language could describe it. Under the sweet, yet wearying, fire of this love, Mary is at length to give way, just as fruit falls from the tree, when its ripeness is complete, and the tree has nothing more to give it. But, during these last hours of Jesus’ presence, what must such a Mother have felt, who has had but forty days to enjoy the occasional sight and caresses of Her glorified and divine Son? It is Mary’s last trial; and when Her Jesus tells Her of His wish that She should remain in exile, She is ready with Her favorite answer: Behold the handmaid of the Lord! Be it done to me according to Thy word! Her whole life has been spent in doing God’s will; it was this that made Her so great in His eyes, and so dear to His Heart. A holy servant of God, who lived in the 17th century, and was favored with the most sublime revelations, tells us that it was left to Mary’s choice, either to accompany Her divine Son to Heaven, or to remain some years longer upon the earth to assist the infant Church; and that She chose to defer Her entrance into eternal bliss, in order to labor, as long as it was God’s good pleasure, in the great work which was so closely connected with the glory of Her Son, and so essential to the salvation of us Her adopted children.
If this generous devotedness raised the co-operatrix of our salvation to the highest degree of sanctity, by giving completeness to Her mission on earth, we may be sure that Jesus’ love for His Mother was increased by the new proof She thus gave Him of Her uniformity with every wish of His Sacred Heart. He repaid Her, as He well knew how to do, for this heroic self-sacrifice, this prompt submission to His designs which destined Her to be, here on earth, as the Church calls Her, Queen of the Apostles, and a sharer in their labors.
During these His last few hours on earth, Our Lord’s affection for His Apostles and disciples seemed to be redoubled. For several of them, the separation was to be a long one. The beloved disciple, St. John, was not to enjoy the company of his divine Master till more than fifty years had elapsed. It was to be thirty before the cross would carry St. Peter to Him Who had entrusted to his keeping the keys of the Kingdom of Heaven. St. Mary Magdalene, the fervent Magdalene, would have to wait the same length of time. But no one murmured at the divine appointment: they all felt how just it was that Jesus, now that He had so fully established the faith of His Resurrection, should enter into His glory (Luke 24: 26).
Apparition in Galilee On the very day of His Resurrection, our Savior bade the disciples go into Galilee, for that there He would meet them. As we have already seen, they obeyed the order, and seven among them were favored by Jesus’ appearing to them on the banks of Lake Genesareth: it is the eighth of the manifestations mentioned in the Gospel. The ninth also took place in Galilee. Our Lord loved Galilee: it gave Him the greater number of His disciples, it was Mary and Joseph’s country, and it was there that He Himself passed so many years of His hidden life. Its people were simpler and better than those of Judea; and this was another attraction. St. Matthew tells us that the most public of all Jesus’ manifestations after His Resurrection—the tenth in reality, and the ninth mentioned by the evangelists—took place on a hill in this same district (Matt. 28: 16).
According to St. Bonaventure, and the learned and pious Denis the Carthusian, this hill was Mount Tabor, the same that was honored by the mystery of the Transfiguration. Upwards of five hundred of Jesus’ disciples were assembled there, as we learn from St. Paul (1 Cor. 15: 6): they were mostly inhabitants of Galilee, had believed in Our Lord during His three years of public life, and merited to be witnesses of this new triumph of the Nazarene. Jesus showed Himself to them, and gave them such certitude with regard to His Resurrection, that the Apostle appeals to their testimony in support of this fundamental mystery of our Faith.
Further than this, we know of no other manifestations made by our Savior after His Resurrection. We know that He gave order to His disciples to repair to Jerusalem, where they were to see Him once more before His Ascension. Let us, during these few days, follow the disciples to Jerusalem. Faithless city! How often has Jesus sought to gather together her children, as the hen gathereth her chicks under her wings, and she would not (Matt. 23: 37)! He is about to re-enter her walls; but she is not to know it. He will not show Himself to her, but only to those that love Him; and after this He will depart in silence, never to return until He comes to judge them that have not known the time of their visitation.
In the Greek church, the Fifth Sunday after Easter is called the Sunday of the man born blind, because her Gospel for the day contains the history of that miracle of our Divine Lord. She also calls it Episozomene, which is one of the names given by the Greeks to the mystery of the Ascension, the Feast of which is kept with them, as with us, during the course of this week.
Rogation days are days of prayer and fasting in Western Christianity. They are observed with processions and the Litany of the Saints. The so-called major rogation is held on 25 April; the minor rogations are held on Monday to Wednesday preceding Ascension Thursday. The word rogation comes from the Latin verb rogare, meaning “to ask”, which reflects the beseeching of God for the appeasement of his anger and for protection from calamities.
It is quite easy, especially for modern folk, to sentimentalize nature and to forget how powerful, even savage, she can be. Time is spent focusing only on her lovelier aspects — the beauty of snow, the smell of cedar, the glories of flowers — as during Embertides — but in an instant, the veneer of civilization we’ve built to keep nature under control so we can enjoy her without suffering at her hand can be swept away. Ash and fire raining down from great volcanoes; waters bursting through levees; mountainous tidal waves destroying miles of coastland and entire villages; meteors hurling to earth; tornadoes and hurricanes sweeping away all in their paths; droughts; floods; fires that rampage through forests and towns; avalanches of rocks or snow; killer plagues; the very earth shaking off human life and opening up beneath our feet; cataclysmic events forming mountains and islands; animals that prey on humans; lightning strikes — these, too, are a part of the natural world. And though nature seems random and fickle, all that happens is either by God’s active or passive Will, and all throughout Scripture He uses the elements to warn, punish, humble, and instruct us: earth swallowing up the rebellious, power-mad sons of Eliab; wind destroying Job’s house; fire raining down on Sodom and Gomorrha; water destroying everyone but Noe and his family (Numbers 16, Job 1, Genesis 19, Genesis 6). We need to be humble before and respectful of nature, and be aware not to take her for granted or overstep our limits. But we need to be most especially humble before her Creator, Who wills her existence and doings at each instant, whether actively or passively.
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DIARY THIS WEEK
This week’s feasts… St Augustine of Canterbury
In the year 596, some 40 monks set out from Rome to evangelize the Anglo-Saxons in England. Leading the group was Augustine, the prior of their monastery. Hardly had he and his men reached Gaul when they heard stories of the ferocity of the Anglo-Saxons and of the treacherous waters of the English Channel. Augustine returned to Rome and to Gregory the Great—the pope who had sent them—only to be assured by him that their fears were groundless.
Augustine set out again. This time the group crossed the English Channel and landed in the territory of Kent, ruled by King Ethelbert, a pagan married to a Christian, Bertha. Ethelbert received them kindly, set up a residence for them in Canterbury and within the year, on Pentecost Sunday 597, was himself baptized. After being consecrated a bishop in France, Augustine returned to Canterbury, where he founded his see. He constructed a church and monastery near where the present cathedral, begun in 1070, now stands. As the faith spread, additional sees were established at London and Rochester.
Work was sometimes slow and Augustine did not always meet with success. Attempts to reconcile the Anglo-Saxon Christians with the original Briton Christians—who had been driven into western England by Anglo-Saxon invaders—ended in dismal failure. Augustine failed to convince the Britons to give up certain Celtic customs at variance with Rome and to forget their bitterness, helping him evangelize their Anglo-Saxon conquerors.
Laboring patiently, Augustine wisely heeded the missionary principles—quite enlightened for the times—suggested by Pope Gregory: purify rather than destroy pagan temples and customs; let pagan rites and festivals be transformed into Christian feasts; retain local customs as far as possible. The limited success Augustine achieved in England before his death in 605, a short eight years after his arrival, would eventually bear fruit long after in the conversion of England.
This Holy day of Obligation, 40th day of Easter, commemorates Christ’s Ascension into Heaven from Mount Olivet 40 days after He rose from the dead (Mark 16:14-20). After the Gospel is sung, the Paschal Candle, lit from the New Fire of the Easter Vigil, is extinguished to symbolize the departure of Christ. The story of Our Lord’s Ascension and His foretelling of the Pentecost to come is recounted most fully by Luke in in Acts 1:1-11.
Christ ascended to be glorified with the Father, to sit at the Father’s right hand, to rule as King of Kings, to send us the Holy Ghost, and, as Hebrews 1:1-2 says, to be our High Priest Who “…is set on the right hand of the throne of majesty in the heavens, A minister of the holies, and of the true tabernacle, which the Lord hath pitched, and not man.” And He ascended to prepare a place for us. St. John recounts in the first 3 verses of the fourteenth chapter of his Gospel that after the Last Supper, Our Lord told His disciples: “Let not your heart be troubled. You believe in God, believe also in me. In my Father’s house there are many mansions. If not, I would have told you: because I go to prepare a place for you. And if I shall go, and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and will take you to myself; that where I am, you also may be.”
Glorious promise to those who believe and obey! And there is something else most splendid about the Ascension: Christ foretold it, and in such a way as to teach the Apostles of the miraculous nature of the Eucharist. In John 6:56-58, we read: “For My Flesh is meat indeed: and My Blood is drink indeed. He that eateth My Flesh, and drinketh My Blood, abideth in Me, and I in him. As the living Father hath sent Me, and I live by the Father; so he that eateth Me, the same also shall live by Me.” Immediately after hearing these words, some of His disciples are scandalized — some even to the point of walking away from Him. Jesus then said to them that they would know His words are true when they will see an obvious miracle with their own eyes — His Ascension. Verses 62-63:62 “But Jesus, knowing in himself, that his disciples murmured at this, said to them: Doth this scandalize you? If then you shall see the Son of man ascend up where he was before?”
The Hub Volunteers
Wednesdays The Hub homeless drop in is back after a brief respite and we are always looking for volunteers to help! IF you can spare a couple of hours on a Wednesday morning or lunchtime, why not pop along and lend a hand? The Hub takes place in the rear hall of the Congress Hall.
Celebrating Faith in Action
On Thursday June 6th the city’s Faith Council is “Celebrating Faith in Action” an event taking place at The Open Market from 11am to 3.30pm and will be opened by the new mayor of the city, Cllr Alexandra Philips. There will be stalls informing the general public of the various community and social action projects the city’s faith communities are leading or involved with.
Cuba Saturday School Project
The Primus of the Holy Synod, Metropolitan Jerome of Selsey has chosen the Saturday School project for our sponsorship. The monthly rent of the school building is $40 per month or approximately £30, we’d like to raise a year’s rent this Lent, approximately £360 almost $500 and perhaps a little more to contribute to materials and resources for the activities.
Please prayerfully consider contributing to this worthwhile cause, perhaps donating a month’s rent for the school building? Use the button below and be clear to make the donation for “Saturday School Cuba” when prompted. God bless you.
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Conferences NEW series “Heresies” on Wednesdays
Continuing on Wednesdays after Holy Hour & Benediction, a new series of Conferences on Heresies. Each week Metropolitan Jerome will give the history and contemporary manifestation of heresies that plague the Church today.
CATECHISM CLASSES will continue THIS Saturday immediately following the end of the Mass there’ll be a quick break fast and class starts at 10am finishing at 11am. This is the perfect opportunity to invite enquirers to the Faith or come along yourself to revisit the basic tenets of Christianity. “Catechumen” i.e. those enrolling to be received into the Church at Pentecost will be baptised/Confirmed during the Vigil on Holy Saturday morning.
Christianophobia refers to the state of being hateful or spiteful to Christians. A Christianophobe hates or despises Christians and/or what they stand for. The existence of Christianophobia should not be surprising. Jesus Himself predicted the world’s hatred for Christians: “If the world hates you, know that it has hated me before it hated you. If you were of the world, the world would love you as its own; but because you are not of the world, but I chose you out of the world, therefore the world hates you” (John 15:18–19). Christians are called not to conform to the world but to be transformed into the image of Christ (Romans 8:29; 12:1–2). The unbelieving world hates what it does not understand and, therefore, will hate those who follow Christ.
Home Office statistics from last year on religious hate crimes in England, Wales and Northern Ireland indicate there were 316 incidents (out of a total of 4213) affecting Christians between March 2015 and March 2016. Organisations like National Churchwatch who describe themselves as a ‘leading organisation for security and advice in the Christian sector’, believe anti-Christian hate crime is significantly under-reported.
A Stop Christophobia campaign has been launched by Premier Christian Radio. The success of this campaign depends highly on the number of people who support it so please share this link with your contacts on social media and sign it yourself! There is currently a momentum building, but change won’t happen unless people stand up and be counted. Together we can ensure that Christian minorities are protected from discrimination and persecution.https://www.thestopcampaign.org/
The MY BRIGHTON & HOVE Photo Project are running Photography Mentoring and Workshops which kicked off on the 2nd of Feb 2019. The group is open to anyone who is homeless or has a history of homelessness. It is an opportunity to work with professional photographers from across the city in a relaxed and supportive environment and a chance to prepare work to be exhibited as part of the Brighton Fringe in May at One Church Brighton. This is a great way to build confidence and self-esteem and brought some great results for those involved in 2018.
Workshops take place fortnightly between 2-4pm on Saturday at the Justlife Studios in the Open Market. A group of professional photographers are volunteering their time to run workshops and support participants, so it’s a fantastic opportunity for some creative advice and direction.
Of your charity, please hold the following in your prayers…
For those in need… Christopher, Lyn B, Simon G, Dagmar B, Karen, Debbie G, Fr Graham F, Fr Stephen D, Heather & Susanna L-D, Finley G, Diane C, Pat, Paul, +Rommel B, Penny E, Colin R, John, Ronald, Fr Gerard H, Lilian & family, Ruth L, David G, David P, Patrick H, Debbie G, Karen K, Fr Graham F, S&A, Dave G, +Charles of Wisconsin, +Tissier, Fr Gerrard H, +Guo Xijin, +John P, Karl R-W,
For those discerning… James, Manuel, Vincent, Darren, Akos, Roger, James, Adrian, Carlos, Yordanis, Nicholas
For those who mourn… Barbara R & family, Brenda W & family, Joseph S, Catherine L & family, Rev George C & family, Jean C, Margaret & Bonita C, Debbie M & family
For the recently departed… Lauretta (21.01.19), Clive Reed (23.01.19), Fr John Wright (24.01.19), Shelley Luben (11.12.18), Mick Howells (13.12.18), Daniel Callaghan (13.02.19), Alfie (Hub guest), Jill Lewis (24.02.19), Cynthia Sharpe Conger (28.02.19), Richard (Ricky) Belmonte, Fr Leo Cameron OSA (29.03.19), Fr John Corbett (30.03.19), Deacon Richard Mulholland (Easter Day), Peter
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