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Third Sunday of Advent (Gaudete) 'Surprised By Joy'

Sunday, December 14, 2014

The Virgin and Child. The Virgin and Child with St. John the Baptist, St Dominic, St Peter the Martyr and St. Thomas Aquinas- Fra Angelico c.1387-1455- in the Museo di San Marco dell'Angelico. Florence, Italy. Gaudete Sunday reminds us that true joy mustn’t become something that we take for granted. True joy is transformative, it may be fleeting in time but it continues to hit our hearts deeply. At this time in our Advent journey we come face to face with a dramatic preacher in the wilderness. St. John the Baptist reminds us that we need to be ‘Surprised by Joy’ as we wait again for the Incarnation. In order to be truly surprised therefore at this charismatic signpost, we must be willing to show and reflect upon the areas in which we are lost. Read more

Second Sunday of Advent: The Power of Repentance and Forgiveness

Sunday, December 07, 2014

When we use the word 'power' in relation to God, various images may spring to mind. Read more

Solemnity of the Ascension

Sunday, June 01, 2014
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Tenebrae: Good Friday

Friday, April 18, 2014

Tenebrae: Maundy Thursday

Thursday, April 17, 2014
On Maundy Thursday, Good Friday, and Easter Saturday, the Morning Offices of Matins and Lauds take a slightly different form. The offices are combined and become Tenebrae, meaning "darkness" or "shadows". The liturgy is so called because it takes place in darkness or at least no additional light save for a triangular hearse upon which 15 unbleached candles are lit. As the office proceeds, each of the candles are gradually put out until all are extinguished at the end, representing the abandonment of Christ by his disciples.

The hearse with unbleached candles in the Priory Church
Solemnity, sorrow, stillness - these are the hallmarks of this "Office of Darkness". It is a fitting way, in addition to the other great liturgies of the Triduum, to enter more deeply into the mystery of Christ's Passion and Resurrection.

Below is a recording of the Third Responsory from this morning's liturgy (Maundy Thursday, Year B), in which we sung, with a sizeable congregation, the words:

R. Revelabunt caeli iniquitatem Iudae

et terra adversus eum consurget

et manifestum erit peccatum illius in die furoris Domini
cum eis qui dixerunt Domino Deo
recede a nobis scientiam viarum tuarum nolumus.
V. In diem perditionis servabitur malus 
et ad diem furoris ducitur.

This Latin text can be translated into English as:

R. The heaves will show forth the iniquity of Judas
and the earth will rise against him
his sin will be published on the day of the Lord's wrath,
together will those who said to the Lord:
"Away from us. We do not want to know your ways."
V. He is reserved for the day of doom
and he is to be brought to the day of punishment.
We will continue to post some highlights of Tenebrae over the Triduum. Please join us if you are near Oxford. Click here for details.

The third responsory, Revelabunt cæli, from the Tenebrae service on Maundy Thursday Read more

Palm Sunday: Why have you forsaken me?

Sunday, April 13, 2014
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Third Sunday of Lent: The Woman of Samaria

Sunday, March 23, 2014
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Pray Compline online!

Sunday, March 16, 2014

First Sunday of Lent: Testing or trusting God?

Sunday, March 09, 2014
Tonight, at Mass & Vespers in Oxford, the Blackfriars schola will sing 'Ne irascaris, Domine' by Byrd. The motet has been pre-recorded specially for Godzdogz.  Read more

Fourth Sunday of Advent: St. Joseph

Sunday, December 22, 2013
Readings: Isaiah 7:10-14; Psalm 23:1-6; Romans 1:1-7; Matthew 1:18-24 Read more
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