Fr. Dwayne has confirmed that the Church will remain closed for public worship at present until such time until it is safe to reopen. Mass will be live streamed only from St. Teilo’s until further notice.
Today is Laetare Sunday. The Latin “laetare” means “to rejoice” – the first word of the Entrance Antiphon for today’s Mass. In a time of challenge and trial, it is not always easy to rejoice, but our faith reminds us that, even in the darkest of times, the Lord is near. As Lent reminds us, Easter only comes after the pain and agony of the Cross.
Rejoice, Jerusalem, and all who love her.
Be joyful, all who were in mourning;
exult and be satisfied at her consoling breast.
Today also is Mothering Sunday. Since Medieval Times the Entrance Antiphon of Laetare Sunday has reminded people of the consoling breast of Mother Church and of our human mothers. The tradition grew up of visiting the Mother Church (either the Church where you were baptised or the Mother Church of the Diocese, the Cathedral) and so families would gather back at their home Church on this Sunday. Even after the Reformation this ancient tradition was continued in the Anglican Church, which is why Mothering Sunday and Mothers’ Day is on a different day in Britain from other parts of the world where Mothers’ Day grew up from other traditions.
So today let us pray for our Mothers and Grandmothers, both those who are still with us, and those who have done ahead of us in faith.
Dear Lord, bless all our Mothers and Grandmothers on this Mothering Sunday. Bestow Your love and blessing upon them,
through Christ Our Lord.
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.
Mass today will be at 10.00am and you are welcome to join us online.
This week’s newsletter can be found here.