Monday, 9 July 2012

3 Churches Mass

Thank God, our annual 3 Churches Mass turned out to be a great celebration. About 350+ folks came along, and we had a large number of people involved, from babies to the not-so-young. We honoured each sacrament at different points along the way. The Sacraments of Initiation came first of course - Baptism and Adult Converts at the Penitential Rite and readings, newly confirmed at the Creed and Intercessions, and First Holy Communion children at the Procession of the Gifts - a lot of gifts! Then I offered a brief meditation on the Sacraments of Healing - Reconciliation before the Sign of Peace, and Anointing before the "Behold the Lamb of God". After Holy Communion, a recently married couple gave a witness to Matrimony and Fr T spoke about Holy Orders - the two Sacraments of Vocation. The morning was rounded off with a bring-and-share lunch. Great celebration, wonderful people.
Glad to see that the BBC's "The Hollow Crown" continued well on Saturday with "Henry IV Part One" - though not quite as good as last week's "Richard II", I think. Also coming second was Andy Murray, who attracted a lot of attention with his emotional brief interview afterwards. Yes, we do like the underdog, and especially nowadays, one who sheds a tear. Was this a case of St Paul's "When  am weak I am strong"? And what is that gesture that AM does when he wins? Answers please...

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