Spy Wednesday – Wednesday of Holy Week

There is a long tradition in the UK of calling this day, the Wednesday of Holy Week, Spy Wednesday.

Spy Wednesday gets its name because this is the day on which Judas betrayed Jesus to the Sanhedrin. Because Judas is thought to be sneaky, his actions conjured up the image of a spy reporting to the leaders of the people. The synoptic gospels all include an account of the betrayal — Matthew 26:12-14, Mark 14:10-12, Luke 22:3-6.

This is how the Gospel of Matthew (26: 14 – 25) recounts the events:

One of the Twelve, the man called Judas Iscariot, went to the chief priests and said, ‘What are you prepared to give me if I hand him over to you?’ They paid him thirty silver pieces, and from that moment he looked for an opportunity to betray him.

Now on the first day of Unleavened Bread the disciples came to Jesus to say, ‘Where do you want us to make the preparations for you to eat the passover?’ ‘Go to so-and-so in the city’ he replied ‘and say to him, “The Master says: My time is near. It is at your house that I am keeping Passover with my disciples.”’ The disciples did what Jesus told them and prepared the Passover.

When evening came he was at table with the twelve disciples. And while they were eating he said ‘I tell you solemnly, one of you is about to betray me.’ They were greatly distressed and started asking him in turn, ‘Not I, Lord, surely?’ He answered, ‘Someone who has dipped his hand into the dish with me, will betray me. The Son of Man is going to his fate, as the scriptures say he will, but alas for that man by whom the Son of Man is betrayed! Better for that man if he had never been born!’ Judas, who was to betray him; asked in his turn, ‘Not I, Rabbi, surely?’ ‘They are your own words’ answered Jesus.

This is the gospel of today’s Mass, so we can reflect on our own response to Jesus. Are we ready to follow him to the end, or would we sell him for our own experience or pleasure; be it silver pieces or the sins which most tempt us.

 

Palm Sunday of the Passion of the Lord

On this day, the Church enters into the mystery of the Passion and Death of her Lord, bringing together the Triumphal Procession of Christ as King and the proclamation of His Passion. Both aspects of the Paschal Mystery are celebrated today as we recall the Lord’s Messianic entry into Jerusalem and His Passion and Death.

In line with the special Vatican decree for celebrating Holy Week this year we will not be able to process into the Church or bless palms but we will start Mass with the Entrance Antiphon which speaks of the triumphant entry of the Lord and as usual will listen attentively to the reading of the Passion according to Matthew.

Mass will be streamed live at 10.00am on the Homepage of the Parish Website.

Details of the services for the whole of Holy Week at St. Teilo’s can be found in this week’s newsletter.

Fifth Sunday of Lent

Today is the Fifth Sunday of Lent, Mass will be live streamed from St. Teilo’s live at 10am today. The Live Stream will be above this post on the Parish Home Page.

You are encouraged, not only to listen and watch the Mass, but to take part by making the responses in your own home.

At Communion time Canon Isaac will lead us in praying the Act of Spiritual Communion by St. Alphonsus de Liguori.

My Jesus, I believe that You are present in the Most Holy Sacrament.
I love You above all things, and I desire to receive You into my soul.
Since I cannot at this moment receive You sacramentally,
come at least spiritually into my heart.
I embrace You as if You were already there and unite myself wholly to You.
Never permit me to be separated from You.
AMEN.

Mass will be broadcast from St. Teilo’s live at 10am each day of the week. For full details and updates on parish life please read this week’s edition of the Parish Newsletter.

Pope Francis’ Homily

As Canon Isaac mentioned at Mass today last night’s Prayer, Benediction and Urbi and Orbi in Rome was a very blessed event.

Pope Francis’ Homily provided a prayerful reflection on the situation faced by the whole world.

It is well worth taking the time to read it. The Catholic Herald provide it in full here

Adoration and Urbi et Orbi Blessing

Prayer at St. Peter’s, Rome

Pope Francis has announced that this evening, Friday, March 27th at 5pm UK time (6pm Rome), he will pray on the steps of St. Peter’s Basilica.

Although the square will be empty, there will be a period of Adoration and readings from Scripture.

 

Plenary Indulgence

At the end of the service, the Holy Father will impart his Urbi et Orbi blessing and will offer a Plenary indulgence for the COVID-19 pandemic.

He asks that we join together to uphold the universality of prayer, compassion and tenderness.

Pope Francis encourages us to “remain united and make our closeness felt – especially with healthcare professionals and those who serve.”

You can join the Pope live at Vatican News on You Tube – https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC7E-LYc1wivk33iyt5bR5zQ

The Annunciation – Mass

Just a reminder that Mass for today – The Annunciation of the Lord – will be broadcast from St. Teilo’s at 10.00am on the Home Page of the Parish Website – https://stteilos-olol.co.uk/
 
The Pope will lead the world in praying the Our Father at 11.00am (Midday in Rome) – It will be streamed live on Vatican News on You Tube – https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCxIsefyl9g9A5SGWA4FvGIA

BOTH OF OUR CHURCHES ARE CLOSED

LATEST UPDATE:
 
IN ADDITION TO THE PUBLIC CELEBRATION OF ACTS OF WORSHIP BEING SUSPENDED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE. THE GOVERNMENT HAS NOW ANNOUNCED THAT ALL PLACES OF WORSHIP ARE TO CLOSE.
 
THEREFORE ST. TEILO’S, LIKE OUR LADY OF LOURDES, WILL BE CLOSED WITH IMMEDIATE EFFECT.
 
MASS WILL BE STREAMED ONLINE FROM THE CHURCH EACH DAY, BUT THERE IS NO LONGER THE OPPORTUNITY FOR PRIVATE PRAYER. (THE TECHNOLOGY IS CURRENTLY BEING SORTED)
 
PLEASE FOLLOW THE GOVERNMENT ADVICE AND STAY AT HOME IF AT ALL POSSIBLE.
 
FURTHER UPDATES WILL BE AVAILABLE ON NEXT WEEKEND’S NEWSLETTER – https://stteilos-olol.co.uk/newsletter/

Canon Isaac celebrating Mass today 23rd March 2020

Watch the Video! Canon Isaac reminds us that although separated, he is including us within the celebration of the Mass daily. The Mass continues for the parish and for the wider Church.

 

Laetare Sunday – Mothering Sunday

Today is Mothering Sunday. We may not be able to celebrate with our Mothers and Grandmothers this year, but we rejoice with them even in their absence.

Today is also a time to give thanks to God for our children, families and friends. As we will not be able to give out flowers or cards, as we normally do, we can instead pray a spiritual bouquet together.

After the private Mass Canon Isaac celebrated this morning at St. Teilo’s, he lit a candle in front of the altar for all the mothers, grandmothers and ladies of the parish.

Let us pray:

Dear Lord, bless all our Mothers and Grandmothers on this Mothering Sunday. Bestow your love and blessing upon them, through Christ Our Lord.

AMEN

 

We thank you for all the love our Mothers and Grandmothers give to us both in our parish and our families. We thank you for the gifts of love and tenacity that all women give to the Church. We thank you for their dedication and faith. Today we ask Our Blessed Mother to pray for and with all women that they may follow her example and bring their loved ones to know and love the Lord Jesus.

AMEN

 

 

Archbishop’s Pastoral Letter on the Solemnity of St. Joseph

Archbishop George has written a Pastoral Letter to the Archdiocese on the occasion of the decision not to have public acts of worship in our Churches.