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Why give it all up for God?

Wednesday, May 22, 2013
Channel 4 has a daily 90-second programme in which individuals are invited to contribute their “take” on various religious and moral questions. This week’s theme is Why give it all up for God?, and Br Nicholas Crowe, one of the Godzdogz team, is among the contributors: Read more

Pentecost Vigil and Doorkeepers' Dinner

Tuesday, May 21, 2013
Pentecost, the titular feast of our Priory of the Holy Spirit, always promises a great celebration at Blackfriars, Oxford. On Saturday evening we held an extended Pentecost Vigil Mass, with readings from Scripture reminding us of the intimate connection of the Holy Spirit's action throughout history with our own Christian lives today. The choir sang Palestrina's setting of Loquebantur variis linguis and Tallis's If ye love me. Fr Richard Ounsworth OP preached about giving birth and the 'unutterable groanings' ('stenagmois alaletois, since you ask') of the Spirit (Rom. 8:26). As usual, the sacristans ensured the church was looking splendidly illuminated, as captured perfectly in the following two photos by Fr James Claffey OP. Read more

Pentecost 2013 - The Witness of the Spirit

Sunday, May 19, 2013
Readings: Acts 2: 1-11; Psalm 104; Romans 8: 8-17; John 14: 15-16, 23-26 Read more

Resurrection Appearences: Peter and John (John 21: 15-25)

Saturday, May 11, 2013
In this last resurrection appearance of Christ in John’s Gospel we find an exploration of the vocations of Peter and John: the pastor and the contemplative. The pastoral office is laid upon Peter with three instructions: ‘feed my lambs… tend my sheep… and feed my sheep’ (John 21: 15-17). Preceding each of these instructions is a question: ‘Simon, Son of John, do you love me more than these?’  Whereas on the night Jesus died, Peter, out of fear, denied Jesus three times, now Peter is given the opportunity to undo this betrayal and affirm his love. Indeed, as John reminds us in his first letter, ‘it is perfect love that casts out fear’ (1 John 4:18). Read more

Apostolic Co(-)missions.

Thursday, May 09, 2013
Luke 24:36-49. Read more

Resurrection Appearances - Come and have breakfast

Sunday, May 05, 2013
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'Come and have breakfast' (Jn 21:12)

Resurrection Appearances – Commissioning of Disciples – Mt 28:16-20

Friday, May 03, 2013

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