All Saints

Today is the great solemnity of All Saints

 

The earliest observance of a feast in honour of all the saints is an early fourth-century commemoration of “all the martyrs.” In the early seventh century, after successive waves of invaders plundered the catacombs, Pope Boniface IV gathered up some 28 wagon-loads of bones and reinterred them beneath the Pantheon, a Roman temple dedicated to all the gods. The Pope rededicated the shrine as a Christian church. According to Venerable Bede, the Pope intended “that the memory of all the saints might in the future be honoured in the place which had formerly been dedicated to the worship not of gods but of demons” St. Bede in On the Calculation of Time.

 

This feast first honoured martyrs. Later, when Christians were free to worship according to their consciences, the Church acknowledged other paths to sanctity. In the early centuries, the only criterion was popular acclaim, even when the bishop’s approval became the final step in placing a commemoration on the calendar. The first papal canonisation occurred in 993. The lengthy process, now required to prove extraordinary sanctity, took shape in the last 500 years. Today’s feast honours the obscure as well as the famous, the saints each of us has known and have loved.

 

This solemnity is a Holyday of Obligation but has been transferred to Sunday as is the tradition of the Church in England and Wales. We are all encouraged to celebrate the day by remembering those who have gone before us in faith and now share the glory of heaven.

 

Mass Times

 

Mass times at St. Teilo’s each weekend are 6pm on Saturday and Sunday evenings and 10am on Sunday morning.

 

Weekday Mass is celebrated at St. Teilo’s at 10am on Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday and on Wednesday evening at 7pm. In addition, this week there will be an evening Mass at 7pm on Tuesday for the Commemoration of the Holy Souls.

 

You are welcome to join us for Mass at the above times face to face or online.

 

Attending Mass

 

There is no need to register or sign in for Mass. You are asked to be considerate to others and to remain at a reasonable distance from other attendees where possible. If you are a vulnerable person, printed cards are available at the back of the Church saying, “PLEASE RESPECT THIS SPACE”. You are able to take a number of these cards and place them each side of you to ensure no one encroaches on your safe space.

 

In the light of Welsh Government guidance, face coverings/masks are still to be worn in Church and everyone is encouraged to sanitise their hands on arrival and departure from Church.

 

Private Prayer

 

St. Teilo’s is open daily for private prayer from 8am to early evening each weekday and 8am to 7pm on Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday. Please feel free to visit the Lord, present in the Blessed Sacrament, any time you are passing the Church or spend a longer time sitting or kneeling in the Lord’s presence.

 

In addition, Exposition and Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament takes place at St. Teilo’s on Wednesday evenings from 5pm to 6:55pm and on Friday mornings from 10.30am to 12.00 noon.

 

This week’s newsletter can be found here.

 

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