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Catherine of Siena

Tuesday, April 29, 2014
"Be who God meant you to be and you will set the world on fire." So was today's Dominican Saint, Catherine of Siena, quoted by the Anglican Bishop of London at a recent wedding. That the words of an illiterate Italian mystic of the fourteenth century, recorded by amanuenses, should be quoted at the wedding of the future King and Queen of an apparently post-Christian country is remarkable. Still more remarkable, however, is the influence that Catherine had in her own lifetime. Befriending popes and politicians through correspondence from the seclusion of her austere cell and through her adventurous travels, Catherine decisively engaged the political landscape of her day, playing an important role in resolving the Avignon schism. Catherine, then, had surely taken her own advice and discovered the gift and mystery of herself: daring to be a Daniel, speaking the truth to the powerful and mighty on behalf of the poor and marginalised, she was as concerned by the rights of political prisoners as she was by the unity of Christendom, and all this before her early death aged thirty-three.   Read more

Divine Mercy Sunday

Sunday, April 27, 2014
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The Chapel of the Convent in Cracow - Łagiewniki
with tomb of Saint Sister Faustina

New series: Catholic Social Teaching

Saturday, April 26, 2014
As Christians, we are hopeful of the establishment of God's kingdom and that his will is done on earth, as it is in heaven. The Church has a rich compendium of social teaching that has been developed over centuries. This teaching examines the moral dimension of human relationships and interactions in society. Catholic Social Teaching does not present a blueprint of policies for running society, but it does provide the principles to ensure that society can be organised and run in conformity with the dignity of the human person. Our social teaching is therefore not in conflict with political authority nor does it attempt to restrict the legitimate freedom of people to act in society. Instead it gives insights on how society can better respect the wellbeing of all people through proper cooperation and respect for the common good of all. Read more

Alleluia Alleluia!

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

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Easter Sunday 2014: The Living Christ

Sunday, April 20, 2014
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Mass of the Lord's Supper 2014

Friday, April 18, 2014
Mandatum Read more

Tenebrae: Good Friday

Friday, April 18, 2014

Good Friday 2014: Liturgy of the Lord's Passion

Friday, April 18, 2014

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Tenebrae: Maundy Thursday

Thursday, April 17, 2014
On Maundy Thursday, Good Friday, and Easter Saturday, the Morning Offices of Matins and Lauds take a slightly different form. The offices are combined and become Tenebrae, meaning "darkness" or "shadows". The liturgy is so called because it takes place in darkness or at least no additional light save for a triangular hearse upon which 15 unbleached candles are lit. As the office proceeds, each of the candles are gradually put out until all are extinguished at the end, representing the abandonment of Christ by his disciples.

The hearse with unbleached candles in the Priory Church
Solemnity, sorrow, stillness - these are the hallmarks of this "Office of Darkness". It is a fitting way, in addition to the other great liturgies of the Triduum, to enter more deeply into the mystery of Christ's Passion and Resurrection.

Below is a recording of the Third Responsory from this morning's liturgy (Maundy Thursday, Year B), in which we sung, with a sizeable congregation, the words:

R. Revelabunt caeli iniquitatem Iudae

et terra adversus eum consurget

et manifestum erit peccatum illius in die furoris Domini
cum eis qui dixerunt Domino Deo
recede a nobis scientiam viarum tuarum nolumus.
V. In diem perditionis servabitur malus 
et ad diem furoris ducitur.

This Latin text can be translated into English as:

R. The heaves will show forth the iniquity of Judas
and the earth will rise against him
his sin will be published on the day of the Lord's wrath,
together will those who said to the Lord:
"Away from us. We do not want to know your ways."
V. He is reserved for the day of doom
and he is to be brought to the day of punishment.
We will continue to post some highlights of Tenebrae over the Triduum. Please join us if you are near Oxford. Click here for details.

The third responsory, Revelabunt cæli, from the Tenebrae service on Maundy Thursday Read more

Wednesday of Holy Week: Surely not I?

Wednesday, April 16, 2014
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