What good would life have been to us, had Christ not come as our Redeemer? Father, how wonderful your care for us! How boundless your merciful love! To ransom a slave you gave away your Son. O happy fault, O necessary sin of Adam, which gained for us so great a Redeemer!
Saturday, 31 March 2007
May we bear much fruit through our Easter celebrations, for Jesus said: 'I am the vine, you are the branches. Whoever remains in me, with me in him, bears fruit in plenty.'
At times life seems tough, but as we meditate on this station may we hear Jesus say to us 'come to me, all you who labour and overburdened, and I will give you rest.'
Friday, 30 March 2007
We must look for opportunities to show love and kindness to others, for Jesus said 'I tell you solemnly, in so far as you did this to one of the least of these brothers of mine, you did it to me.'
We must also learn to accept well-meaning acts of kindness from others - even when in practice they are not much help.
Thursday, 29 March 2007
It would appear that Jesus is saying something to Simon, and that Simon is listening carefully to Jesus. I wonder what Jesus is saying? I'm sure it must have been something wise and loving.
Jesus can speak to us today when we help someone who is suffering to carry their cross.
Wednesday, 28 March 2007
We should pray for our own families, that parents will be loving to their children, and that children will be loving to their parents. We not only learn from Jesus - we can also learn much from Mary, the Mother who always points us toward her Son.
Tuesday, 27 March 2007
Whatever we suffer, Jesus is carrying the weight of it. He suffers with us. There is no human suffering in which he is not present to redeem it and turn it into the seed of resurrection.
Monday, 26 March 2007
How much do we love Jesus?
Saturday, 24 March 2007
Jesus, by the grace of this station, help me to continue as you did. You knew your own goodness, even when those who condemned you refused to acknowledge it. Let me know my goodness, too. Never let me be crushed by those who put me on trial because I haven't met with their approval. Amen.
Heavenly Father, you chose the Blessed Virgin Mary to be the mother of the promised Saviour, and proclaimed the good news by the message of an angel: Fill us with the abundance of your grace, that, through the saving work of Christ, we may be brought to the glory of his resurrection; who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever. Amen.
We shall be starting Stations of the Cross tomorrow, leading up to the 15th Station - The Resurrection of the Lord, on Easter Sunday (8 April).
Friday, 23 March 2007
Thursday, 22 March 2007
It shows Christ rising from the tomb - most appropriate for the Chapel of the Resurrection! It is interesting to note though, that this dedication was only adopted in the year 2000.
Wednesday, 21 March 2007
Lent is supposed to be a time of Spring - a time of new growth. We pray for all those who are about to be Baptised or Received into the Church at Easter. We pray for ourselves too! May the Good Lord cut away our dead wood (turn away from sin) and nourish us with spiritual food, as we try to walk in his ways (and be faithful to the Gospel).
Let's make sure that we all blossom on Easter Sunday - that we all rise to a new life with the Risen Lord!
Tuesday, 20 March 2007
This particular window commemorates the founder of the school, Edward Latymer. He founded the school in 1624, and the school moved to its present site in 1895. The Chapel was first opened for worship in 1936.
Monday, 19 March 2007
Just as he was such a good guardian of the Child Jesus, we rejoice that today many regard him as the Guardian of the Universal Church.
Holy Saint Joseph - pray for us!
Saturday, 17 March 2007
The Fourth Sunday in Lent is Laetare (Rejoicing) Sunday, and for one day the usual solemn colour of purple (which we associate with this season) gives way to the more cheerful colour of rose.
Rose vestments are a bit of a luxury, as they are only worn on two days a year (Advent 3 and Lent 4), but we like to do things properly in the Chapel of the Resurrection! The rose vestments remind us that we should never take ourselves too seriously!
The first preface of Lent expresses so well our need to rejoice, even in this solemn season:
Father, all-powerful and ever-living God,
we do well always and everywhere to give you thanks
through Jesus Christ our Lord.
Each year you give us this joyful season
when we prepare to celebrate the paschal mystery
with mind and heart renewed.
You give us a spirit of loving reverence for you, our Father,
and of willing service to our neighbour.
As we recall the great events that gave us new life in Christ,
you bring the image of your Son to perfection within us.
Now, with angels and archangels,
and the whole company of heaven,
we sing the unending hymn of your praise:
in your providence you chose your servant Patrick,
to be the apostle of the Irish people,
to baptise those who were wandering
in darkness and error
and bring them to the true light
and knowledge of your Word:
Keep us in that light
and bring us to everlasting life;
through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
Friday, 16 March 2007
How do we treat Jesus today? Do we use his name lightly in speech? Do we blaspheme? Let us hope that we show a little more respect for him than those soldiers did. And let us be sure that we never betray him like Judas did.
Stand up! - stand up for Jesus,
ye soldiers of the cross!
Thursday, 15 March 2007
At times we feel all alone when we pray - we feel down. But it is when we are down that God can raise us up - just as he raised Jesus to glory. The Garden of Gethsemane leads us through the cross to the Easter Garden.
Wednesday, 14 March 2007
How wonderful to know that whenever we celebrate Mass today, we receive the body and blood of Jesus. What a priceless gift. Small wonder the last words at Mass are 'Thanks be to God!'
Tuesday, 13 March 2007
This picture shows Jesus wearing an apron and kneeling to perform this most humble of tasks. What an example of love Jesus gives to us! I feel that the triumph of his love is so powerfully celebrated in the Easter Gloria!
Monday, 12 March 2007
Fr Peter has strong Latymer connections. His wife Enid (who also came to the service) was our Assistant Librarian prior to her retirement, and Peter and Enid sent their two sons to the school.
Our usual celebrant is Prebendary Patrick Tuft, but he could not be with us this time because he went into hospital on Friday for an operation on his knee. We prayed for him at the service, and it is good to know that the operation seems to have gone smoothly. We wish him a speedy and full recovery and hope to see him in the Summer Term. It was very kind of Fr Peter to come to the rescue at such short notice.
This photo shows Fr Peter along with Mr Malcolm Smith. Malcolm has taught classics at Latymer for over 30 years now (but he is much younger than I am!) and he is very much my right hand man in the Chapel. It seems strange writing this, because as a deacon, normally I am the right hand man! However, it gives me great pleasure to take this opportunity to thank Malcolm for all the help and support he gives me in the running of the Chapel of the Resurrection.
Saturday, 10 March 2007
Well here we have Jesus aged 33 years, just days before his Passion. The scene is well known. Jesus was livid that God's Temple had been turned into a market place - and a black market at that!
We must be careful how we treat our places of worship today. They should be warm and welcoming, but we should never forget that it is God's House that we are in. I am never too comfortable when I am charged an admission fee to a place of worship. I am grateful that there is no such charge at Westminster Cathedral - and you will be pleased to know, no charge to get into the Chapel of the Resurrection! Still, we must give generously towards the upkeep of our churches and chapels.
Friday, 9 March 2007
Jesus entered Jerusalem on the Sunday prior to his death on a donkey. The crowds laid palm branches in his path and shouted:
'Hosanna to the Son of David!' 'Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord!' 'Hosanna in the highest!'
It is good when we sing our praises to God - something which we love to do in the Chapel of the Resurrection.
Thursday, 8 March 2007
Tuesday, 6 March 2007
The Mass was a votive Mass of St Stephen - Deacon and Martyr. I was one of the four deacons at the Mass, though fortunately none of us was stoned to death! It was great seeing our servers so smartly turned out in their red cassocks and white cottas - just like the servers wear in the Chapel of the Resurrection.
Monday, 5 March 2007
Some people find the quieter music etc. in our services rather relaxing!The season certainly provides an excellent preparation for the Easter Festival, when the Chapel is richly decorated in bright colours, and the music in our services is joyful and triumphant.
Friday, 2 March 2007
Here I am, pictured by the hymn board in the Chapel of the Resurrection. And here is a puzzle! My age is not one of the five numbers shown. It is (obviously?) a two digit number - both digits are different, and neither digit is on the board. So how old am I today?
Clue. The purple vestments clearly suggest that I am approaching the eventide of life! The Prep School (or former Prep) pupils might like to suggest why the frequent use of the 'I am' expression in this blog suggests that I am getting rather too grand ideas of myself in my old age!
There will be a small prize (Mars Bar) for the most amusing comment published!
Thursday, 1 March 2007
My Grandparents (on my Mother's side) retired to Wales and so they would want me to ask for the prayers of St David on this special day.