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Second Joyful Mystery: The Visitation of Mary to Elizabeth

Monday, June 30, 2014
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Solemnity of the Blessed Apostles Peter and Paul

Sunday, June 29, 2014

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Friday, June 27, 2014

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Solemnity of the Nativity of Saint John the Baptist

Tuesday, June 24, 2014
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"His name is John" - Circumcision of St John the Baptist

Corpus Christi

Sunday, June 22, 2014
You learn something new every day. Researching for today’s post, I discovered that St Thomas Aquinas composed the Mass propers, such as the sequence Lauda Sion, office hymns like the Pange Lingua and other prayers of devotion for the Feast of Corpus Christi. Though traditionally celebrated as a memorial of Christ's Real Presence under the accidents of bread, the feast is now celebrated as Corpus et Sanguis Christi, uniting the once separate feast for the Precious Blood with that for Christ's body on the altar. The Body and Blood of Christ are inseparable, for Christ is present in body, blood, soul and divinity, equally under both forms of the Sacred Species. Today is a Solemnity, celebrated usually on the Thursday after Trinity Sunday but now often, as in England, transferred to the following Sunday. 
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The first Joyful Mystery: The Annunciation

Friday, June 20, 2014
The first Joyful mystery draws our attention to the very first moments of Jesus’s life when Mary gave her consent to the marriage of humanity and divinity in her womb and conceived by the Holy Spirit.  Read more

The Joyful Mysteries

Tuesday, June 17, 2014
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The Rosary: Introduction

Monday, June 16, 2014
Do you ever struggle to find the right words to pray to God? We very often "do not know how to pray as we ought" (Rom 8:26) and then we need to turn to God and say, "Lord, teach us to pray" (Lk 11:1).  In response, Jesus offers us his own words, the Lord's Prayer, to address our Father in heaven with confidence. The Church, too, has given Christians many powerful prayers to give voice to our deepest longings, to praise and thank God, and to ask him to meet our daily needs. We can make these 'formal' prayers our own by using them frequently as we lift our hearts to God. Through the habit of prayer, we become caught up in the divine dialogue of love. Read more

Pentecost 2014 photos

Sunday, June 15, 2014
Last week we celebrated Pentecost, which is of course the titular feast of the Priory of the Holy Spirit (Blackfriars), Oxford. In recent years we have begun to celebrate the Pentecost Vigil on the Saturday evening, which offers us a rich scriptural feast and some glorious music, too.  Read more

Requiem Mass for Peter Geach RIP

Thursday, June 12, 2014
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