Messgage from Fr Hugh on the Rededication of England as the dowry of Our Lady.
May is usually the month we concentrate on Our Lady, along with October. But this year, with the rededication taking place last Sunday, April is a good time to focus on Mary again. I recently read a book about the arrival of the plague in England in the 14th century, far more deadly than coronavirus, but the fear and the rush to find ways to survive it have some strong similarities. If we were still living in the Middle Ages I am sure we would be carrying statues of our local saints through the streets, and often those of Our Lady, to ask for their intercession.
Of course we have, in most ways, developed since then, though rumour (or ‘fake news’ as we would call it today) is even more swift now than in those days. But we should not lose the idea of seeking the help of the saints and especially Mary. As the Vatican Council Fathers (the Bishops) reminded us, in the 1960s, in the document ‘Lumen Gentium’ (Light of the Nations), Mary is an icon of the Church and ‘cares for the brothers and sisters of her Son who still journey on earth surrounded by dangers and difficulties, until they are led to their happy home.’ Mary shines forth, the Fathers go on to say, ‘as a sign of sure hope and solace for the pilgrim People of God.’ Many a painting of her shows her holding a mantle of protection over those faced with danger.
So let us turn to her in prayer. As we say the Hail Mary, perhaps a rosary, together each night at 7.00 pm with a candle, we pray the words ‘now and at the hour of our death.’ Keep in your prayers, Mary Toal and Gerry Griffin to be buried on Thursday, Christine Wilson on Tuesday and Joan Garside on Maundy Thursday, together with all those here and abroad who have died.
Livestreaming from the Oratory: On Tuesdays and Thursdays, 8pm – 8:30pm we will livestream a time of prayer and adoration from the Oratory on this website. To watch the livestream go to Click Here for Oratory Livestream at the top of this website. We will begin with the short evening prayer and end with the night prayer which you can download on the link below. There are also printed copies of these prayers at the back door of the Presbytery. Please join in if you wish, so we can pray together for all that this current crisis entails. (We hope to livestream the Mass soon.)
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