Monthly Archives: April 2014

St John Paul II and St John XXIII Pray for Us

For the honor of the Blessed Trinity, the exaltation of the Catholic faith and the increase of the Christian life, by the authority of our Lord Jesus Christ, and of the holy Apostles Peter and Paul, and our own, after due deliberation and frequent prayer for divine assistance, and having sought the counsel of many of our brother bishops, we declare and define Blessed John XXIII and John Paul II be saints and we enroll them among the saints, decreeing that they are to be venerated as such by the whole church. In the name of the Holy Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI attends Canonisation: k

Some of the pilgrims share their joy:

Pope Francis proclaims the Ressurection of Jesus

Today in St Peter’s square in Rome, Pope Francis proclaimed to the city and to the world the Good News of the Resurrection of Jesus Christ. This is his first duty as the Successor of St Peter – to imitate St Peter himself, who proclaimed the resurrection of Jesus in the first sermon preached by the Church on Pentecost Day (Acts 2).

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Dear Brothers and Sisters, a Happy and Holy Easter!

The Church throughout the world echoes the angel’s message to the women: “Do not be afraid! I know that you are looking for Jesus who was crucified. He is not here; for he has been raised… Come, see the place where he lay” (Mt 28:5-6).

This is the culmination of the Gospel, it is the Good News par excellence: Jesus, who was crucified, is risen! This event is the basis of our faith and our hope. If Christ were not raised, Christianity would lose its very meaning; the whole mission of the Church would lose its impulse, for this is the point from which it first set out and continues to set out ever anew. The message which Christians bring to the world is this: Jesus, Love incarnate, died on the cross for our sins, but God the Father raised him and made him the Lord of life and death. In Jesus, love has triumphed over hatred, mercy over sinfulness, goodness over evil, truth over falsehood, life over death.

A blessed and joyful Easter to you all

Some Easter scenes from St Robert’s

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Fr Jim distributes Easter eggs to the children at the end of the 11.00am Mass:

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Fr Lawrence spoke at the Easter Vigil of how he experienced the Easter Greeting of the Orthodox Church in Greece – “Cristos Anesti – Alithos Anesti” (Christ is Risen – He is Risen Indeed). The Eastern Othodox Churches certainly know how to celebrate Easter. Here is a beautiful proclamation of the resurrection of Jesus from the Russian Orthodox Church:

 

Good Friday

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” Stabat Mater Dolorosa” is considered one of the seven greatest Latin hymns of all time. It is based upon the prophecy of Simeon that a sword was to pierce the heart of His mother, Mary (Lk 2:35). The hymn originated in the 13th century during the peak of Franciscan devotion to the crucified Jesus. Here is the version composed by Giovanni Battista Pergolesi in 1736:

At the Cross her station keeping,
stood the mournful Mother weeping,
close to her Son to the last.

Through her heart, His sorrow sharing,
all His bitter anguish bearing,
now at length the sword has passed.

O how sad and sore distressed
was that Mother, highly blest,
of the sole-begotten One.

Christ above in torment hangs,
she beneath beholds the pangs
of her dying glorious Son.

Is there one who would not weep,
whelmed in miseries so deep,
Christ’s dear Mother to behold?

Can the human heart refrain
from partaking in her pain,
in that Mother’s pain untold?

For the sins of His own nation,
She saw Jesus wracked with torment,
All with scourges rent:

She beheld her tender Child,
Saw Him hang in desolation,
Till His spirit forth He sent.

O thou Mother! fount of love!
Touch my spirit from above,
make my heart with thine accord:

Make me feel as thou hast felt;
make my soul to glow and melt
with the love of Christ my Lord.

Holy Mother! pierce me through,
in my heart each wound renew
of my Savior crucified: