Thursday, 29 June 2017

Saints Peter and Paul

Saints Peter and Paul

Solemnity of the Saints Peter and Paul: 29th of June.

I love these powerful words of our lord, Jesus Christ:
You are Peter and on this rock I will build my Church.
And the gates of the underworld can never hold out against it.
(Matt: 16:18)

You are Peter, and I will give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven; whatever you bind on earth will be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth will be loosed in heaven.
(Matt 16:13-19)

Tuesday, 27 June 2017

Celebrating First Holy Communion

Our 9 year old son celebrated his First Holy Communion on Sunday a week ago. It was an occasion to get together as a whole family, including guests from Poland. Below are two images with all our 7 children (at last).

The First Communion children were together with their families in the Church pews and wore a red sash, so the congregation would recognise them. Seeing them walking in with rosaries between their folded hands, felt very Catholic. I am grateful for our Parish, which consists of a lively mix of the faithful of all ages and from all over the world.

Receiving Holy Communion, Jesus Christ in the holy Eucharist, for the first time was a very special occasion for our son. He has been attending preparation classes in the parish for over half a year. After Church we enjoyed a savoury meal in town.

















Saturday, 24 June 2017

John the Baptist

24 of June is dedicated to John the Baptist who has his name from preaching about the Messiahs and baptising the Lord. This date marks his date of birth. He is known to be a cousin of Jesus Christ.

Saint John, pray for us!



(Image by Mattia Preti - The AMICA Library, Public Domain, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=18915662)

Friday, 23 June 2017

Solemnity of the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus

This year, on the 23rd of June the Church celebrates the feast of the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus. Every first Friday is dedicated to the devotion of Jesus' sacred heart - but in June is the main feast of this devotion.

O most holy heart of Jesus, fountain of every blessing, I adore you, I love you, and with lively sorrow for my sins I offer you this poor heart of mine. Make me humble, patient, pure and wholly obedient to your will. Grant, Good Jesus, that I may live in you and for you. Protect me in the midst of danger. Comfort me in my afflictions. Give me health of body, assistance in my temporal needs, your blessing on all that I do, and the grace of a holy death. Amen.

Sunday, 18 June 2017

Corpus Christi

Corpus Christi is celebrated on the Thursday after Trinity Sunday.

It is the feast of the Solemnity of the Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ. Jesus is God, who has become flesh. Jesus is also God, who has become bread - a holy gift for us humans on earth.


Corpus Christi Novena

Novena Honouring the Body and Blood of Christ

I thank You, Jesus, my Divine Redeemer, for coming upon the earth for our sake, and for instituting the adorable Sacrament of the Holy Eucharist in order to remain with us until the end of the world.
I thank You for hiding beneath the Eucharistic species Your infinite majesty and beauty, which Your Angels delight to behold, so that I might have courage to approach the throne of Your Mercy.
I thank You, most loving Jesus, for having made Yourself my food, and for uniting me to Yourself with so much love in this wonderful Sacrament that I may live in You.
I thank You, my Jesus, for giving Yourself to me in this Blessed Sacrament, and so enriching it with the treasures of Your love that You have no greater gift to give me.
I thank You not only for becoming my food but also for offering Yourself as a continual sacrifice to Your Eternal Father for my salvation.
I thank You, Divine Priest, for offering Yourself as a Sacrifice daily upon our altars in adoration and homage to the Most Blessed Trinity, and for making amends for our poor and miserable adorations.
I thank You for renewing in this daily Sacrifice the actual Sacrifice of the Cross offered on Calvary, in which You satisfy Divine justice for us poor sinners.
I thank You, dear Jesus, for having become the priceless Victim to merit for me the fullness of heavenly favors. Awaken in me such confidence in You that their fullness may descend ever more fruitfully upon my soul.
I thank You for offering Yourself in thanksgiving to God for all His benefits, spiritual and temporal, which He has bestowed upon me.
In union with Your offering of Yourself to Your Father in the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass, I ask for this special favor: (Mention your request).
If it be Your holy Will, grant my request. Through You I also hope to receive the grace of perseverance in Your love and faithful service, a holy death, and a happy eternity with You in Heaven. Amen.

O Lord, You have given us this Sacred Banquet, in which Christ is received, the memory of His Passion is renewed, the mind is filled with grace, and a pledge of future glory is given to us.
You have given them bread from Heaven.
Having all sweetness within.
Let us pray. God our Father, for Your glory and our salvation You appointed Jesus Christ eternal High Priest. May the people He gained for You by His Blood come to share in the power of His Cross and Resurrection by celebrating His Memorial in this Eucharist, for He lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God, forever. Amen.

O Jesus, since You have left us a remembrance of Your Passion beneath the veils of this Sacrament, grant us, we pray, so to venerate the sacred mysteries of Your Body and Blood that we may always enjoy the fruits of Your Redemption, for You live and reign forever. Amen.

From: EWTN

Tuesday, 13 June 2017

Childern's Pilgrimage to Walsingham

Walsingham is a lovely place of pilgrimage for Catholic and other Christians.
In the Slipper Chapel, the Catholic national shrine and Basilica of Our Lady, stands a replica of the famous Mary statue with Jesus on her lap. Many Christians have found answers to their prayers in Walsingham. In the middle ages, Walsingham used to be one of the most important places of pilgrimage.

We have attended this years' pilgrimage for Children led by the diocesan bishop Allan Hopes.
(The photos, that include members of my family, are taken from Roman Catholic Diocese of East Anglia.)





Sunday, 11 June 2017

Trinity Sunday

On Trinity Sunday the Church celebrates the Holy Trinity, the three Persons of God: the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit.


Let us Pray to the one God, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit that our lives may bear witness to our faith.
Father, you sent your Word to bring us truth and your Spirit to make us holy.
Through them we come to know the mystery of your life.
Help us to worship you, one God in three Persons, by proclaiming and living our faith in you.
We ask you this, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit,
one God, true and living, for ever and ever.

Sunday, 4 June 2017

Pentecost

Pentecost is the birthday of our Holy Roman Catholic Church! 


Come, Holy Spirit, fill the hearts of your faithful and enkindle in them the fire of your love.
V. Send forth your Spirit and they shall be created.
R. And you shall renew the face of the earth.
Let us pray. O God, who by the light of the Holy Spirit, did instruct the hearts of the faithful, grant us in the same Spirit to be truly wise and ever to rejoice in His consolation. Through Christ our Lord. Amen.
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