Corpus Christi Procession

Last Sunday, the three parishes joined together with the Priestly Fraternity of St Peter (FSSP) for our second Corpus Christi Procession.  The procession left St Mary’s Shrine at 3.00 pm.  Fr Alex Stewart, FSSP, who was ordained to the priesthood at St Mary’s the day before, carried the Blessed Sacrament.  Children who had recently celebrated their First Communion strew petals as we processed so that the Lord was walking on a bed of flowers.

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The procession made its way through the Town Centre, singing hymns and praying the Rosary…

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to St Alban’s RC Church in Bewsey…

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where Canon Cunningham greeted us at about 3.45 pm and led Benediction to conclude the procession.

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This year, we were blessed with many visitors – priests, deacons and seminarians from the Priestly Fraternity of St Peter, as well as parishioners from other parishes in Warrington.  Many thanks to those who came along, especially the altar servers, the First Communion children, the singers and those who kindly assisted as marshals.

Many thanks to the FSSP for the photo’s.

There are lots more photo’s on St Mary’s Flickr:  https://www.flickr.com/photos/138056205@N08/sets/72157682182412172

 

 

 


Corpus Christi

SOLEMNITY OF THE MOST HOLY BODY AND BLOOD OF CHRIST

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Scripture Reading  (John 6: 51-58)

Jesus said to the crowd:
‘I am the living bread which has come down from heaven.
Anyone who eats this bread will live for ever;
and the bread that I shall give is my flesh,
for the life of the world.’

Then the Jews started arguing with one another:
‘How can this man give us his flesh to eat?’ they said.

Jesus replied:
‘I tell you most solemnly,
if you do not eat the flesh of the Son of Man and drink his blood,
you will not have life in you.
Anyone who does eat my flesh and drink my blood
has eternal life,
and I shall raise him up on the last day.
For my flesh is real food
and my blood is real drink.
He who eats my flesh and drinks my blood
lives in me
and I live in him.
As I, who am sent by the living Father,
myself draw life from the Father,
so whoever eats me will draw life from me.
This is the bread come down from heaven;
not like the bread our ancestors ate:
they are dead,
but anyone who eats this bread will live for ever.’

Prayer

Lord God,
our ancestors journeyed through the desert
where you fed them with manna;
and with water flowing from the rock
you quenched their burning thirst.

The bread we break
is our sharing in the body of Christ,
and the cup of blessing
is our sharing in the blood of Christ.

Care for us and inspire us, your people,
so that we, though many, may become one
and all who hunger and thirst
may be nourished and refreshed at our table.

We ask this through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son,
who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
God for ever and ever.   Amen.

© 1998 International Commission on English in the Liturgy Corporation.


Solemnity of the Most Holy Trinity

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Scripture Readings

In the First Reading, God reveals himself to Moses as ‘a God of tenderness and compassion, slow to anger, rich in kindness and faithfulness’.

In the Second Reading, St Paul says farewell to the people of Corinth and encourages them to ‘help one another. Be united; live in peace, and the God of love and peace will be with you’.

In the Gospel, Jesus speaks to Nicodemus:

‘God loved the world so much that he gave his only Son,
so that everyone who believes in him may not be lost but may have eternal life.
For God sent his Son into the world not to condemn the world,
but so that through him the world might be saved.’

Prayer

Lord our God,
we are too small to understand you,
but we know that you care for us and have linked our destiny to yours.
Thank you for loving us and standing by our side in our sorrows and joys.
Thank you for giving us Jesus to take away our sins and to bring us life and happiness and trust.
Thank you for letting your Spirit lead us.
Warm our hearts and unite us,
dispose us to accept all your love and to respond to it
by entrusting ourselves to you with all that you have made us and given us.
We ask this through Christ our Lord.
Amen.

 


Pentecost Novena – Day 9

DAY 9 – INTERCESSION FOR A NEW OUTPOURING OF THE HOLY SPIRIT

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Prayer

Begin by invoking the Holy Spirit using Pope John XXIII’s ‘invocation’ prayer:

Renew your wonders in this our day, as by a new Pentecost.

Grant to your Church that, being of one mind and steadfast in prayer with Mary, the Mother of Jesus, and following the lead of Blessed Peter, it may advance the reign of our Divine Saviour, the reign of truth and justice, the reign of love and peace. Amen.

Come Holy Spirit, in your power and might to renew the face of the earth.

 

Scripture

‘When he had been at table with them, he had told them not to leave Jerusalem, but to wait there for what the Father had promised. ‘It is’, he had said, ‘what you have heard me speak about: John baptised with water but you will be baptised with the Holy Spirit’ (Acts 1: 4-5).

‘There is variety of gifts but always the same Spirit; there are all sorts of service to be done, but always to the same Lord; working in all sorts of different ways in different people, it is the same God who is working in all of them’ (1 Corinthians 12: 4-6).

 

Prayer Intention

Pray for a new outpouring of the Holy Spirit in your life. May the gifts of the Spirit be more fully manifest for building up his body in love and to bring all things in heaven and on earth under his headship.

 

Pentecost Sequence

Holy Spirit, Lord of Light,
From the clear celestial height.
Thy pure beaming radiance give.
Come, thou Father of the poor,
Come, with treasures which endure;
Come, thou Light of all that live!

Thou, of all consolers best,
Thou, the soul’s delightful guest,
Dost refreshing peace bestow.
Thou in toil art comfort sweet;
Pleasant coolness in the heat;
Solace in the midst of woe.

Light immortal, Light divine,
Visit thou these hearts of thine,
And our inmost being fill.
If thou take thy grace away,
Nothing pure in man will stay;
All his good is turned to ill.

Heal our wounds, our strength renew;
On our dryness pour thy dew,
Wash the stains of guilt away.
Bend the stubborn heart and will;
Melt the frozen, warm the chill;
Guide the steps that go astray.

Thou, on us who evermore
Thee confess and thee adore,
With thy sevenfold gifts descend.
Give us comfort when we die;
Give us life with thee on high;
Give us joys that never end.

Amen. Alleluia.

Ascribed to Stephen Langton, Archbishop of Canterbury (1228)

 


Pentecost Novena – Day 8

DAY 8 – INTERCESSION FOR THE VICTORY OF THE HOLY CROSS

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Prayer

Begin by invoking the Holy Spirit using Pope John XXIII’s ‘invocation’ prayer:

Renew your wonders in this our day, as by a new Pentecost.

Grant to your Church that, being of one mind and steadfast in prayer with Mary, the Mother of Jesus, and following the lead of Blessed Peter, it may advance the reign of our Divine Saviour, the reign of truth and justice, the reign of love and peace. Amen.

Come Holy Spirit, in your power and might to renew the face of the earth.

Come, Holy Spirit, let your victory be proclaimed and your glory be revealed upon the face of the earth.

 

Scripture

‘For Christ did not send me to baptise, but to preach the Good News, and not to preach that in terms of philosophy in which the crucifixion of Christ cannot be expressed. The language of the cross may be illogical to those who are not on their way to salvation, but those of us who are on the way see it as God’s power to save’ (1 Corinthians 1: 17-18).

 

Prayer Intention

Pray that the victory of the Holy Cross and its saving power be manifested in our lives and proclaimed over all the earth. ‘We adore you O Christ and we bless you; because by your cross you have redeemed the world.

 

Pentecost Sequence

Holy Spirit, Lord of Light,
From the clear celestial height.
Thy pure beaming radiance give.
Come, thou Father of the poor,
Come, with treasures which endure;
Come, thou Light of all that live!

Thou, of all consolers best,
Thou, the soul’s delightful guest,
Dost refreshing peace bestow.
Thou in toil art comfort sweet;
Pleasant coolness in the heat;
Solace in the midst of woe.

Light immortal, Light divine,
Visit thou these hearts of thine,
And our inmost being fill.
If thou take thy grace away,
Nothing pure in man will stay;
All his good is turned to ill.

Heal our wounds, our strength renew;
On our dryness pour thy dew,
Wash the stains of guilt away.
Bend the stubborn heart and will;
Melt the frozen, warm the chill;
Guide the steps that go astray.

Thou, on us who evermore
Thee confess and thee adore,
With thy sevenfold gifts descend.
Give us comfort when we die;
Give us life with thee on high;
Give us joys that never end.

Amen. Alleluia.

Ascribed to Stephen Langton, Archbishop of Canterbury (1228)


Pentecost Novena – Day 7

DAY 7 – INTERCESSION FOR EMPOWERMENT FOR EVANGELISATION

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Prayer

Begin by invoking the Holy Spirit using Pope John XXIII’s ‘invocation’ prayer:

Renew your wonders in this our day, as by a new Pentecost.

Grant to your Church that, being of one mind and steadfast in prayer with Mary, the Mother of Jesus, and following the lead of Blessed Peter, it may advance the reign of our Divine Saviour, the reign of truth and justice, the reign of love and peace. Amen.

Come Holy Spirit, in your power and might to renew the face of the earth.

Come, Holy Spirit, empower us to fulfil your call to be witnesses to the ends of the earth and to be bearers of the Good News.

 

Scripture

‘But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you, and then you will be my witnesses not only in Jerusalem but throughout Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth’ (Acts 1: 8).

 

Prayer Intention

Pray for a new empowerment by the Holy Spirit so that we can be effective witnesses and for a new boldness in bringing the Gospel to the whole of creation; for the work of ‘New Evangelisation’ in the Church.

 

Pentecost Sequence

Holy Spirit, Lord of Light,
From the clear celestial height.
Thy pure beaming radiance give.
Come, thou Father of the poor,
Come, with treasures which endure;
Come, thou Light of all that live!

Thou, of all consolers best,
Thou, the soul’s delightful guest,
Dost refreshing peace bestow.
Thou in toil art comfort sweet;
Pleasant coolness in the heat;
Solace in the midst of woe.

Light immortal, Light divine,
Visit thou these hearts of thine,
And our inmost being fill.
If thou take thy grace away,
Nothing pure in man will stay;
All his good is turned to ill.

Heal our wounds, our strength renew;
On our dryness pour thy dew,
Wash the stains of guilt away.
Bend the stubborn heart and will;
Melt the frozen, warm the chill;
Guide the steps that go astray.

Thou, on us who evermore
Thee confess and thee adore,
With thy sevenfold gifts descend.
Give us comfort when we die;
Give us life with thee on high;
Give us joys that never end.

Amen. Alleluia.

Ascribed to Stephen Langton, Archbishop of Canterbury (1228)


Pentecost Novena – Day 6

DAY 6 – INTERCESSION FOR RECONCILIATION AND HEALING

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Prayer

Begin by invoking the Holy Spirit using Pope John XXIII’s ‘invocation’ prayer:

Renew your wonders in this our day, as by a new Pentecost.

Grant to your Church that, being of one mind and steadfast in prayer with Mary, the Mother of Jesus, and following the lead of Blessed Peter, it may advance the reign of our Divine Saviour, the reign of truth and justice, the reign of love and peace. Amen.

Come Holy Spirit, in your power and might to renew the face of the earth.

Come Holy Spirit; help us live together in unity, humility and love.

 

Scripture

‘And when you stand in prayer, forgive whatever you have against anybody, so that your Father in heaven may forgive your failings too’ (Mark 11: 25).

 

Prayer Intention

Pray for reconciliation in broken relationships and the healing of life’s hurts. May the peace of Christ that has broken down every dividing wall, lead us into unity. Pray this for your diocese, parish, family and yourself.

 

Pentecost Sequence

Holy Spirit, Lord of Light,
From the clear celestial height.
Thy pure beaming radiance give.
Come, thou Father of the poor,
Come, with treasures which endure;
Come, thou Light of all that live!

Thou, of all consolers best,
Thou, the soul’s delightful guest,
Dost refreshing peace bestow.
Thou in toil art comfort sweet;
Pleasant coolness in the heat;
Solace in the midst of woe.

Light immortal, Light divine,
Visit thou these hearts of thine,
And our inmost being fill.
If thou take thy grace away,
Nothing pure in man will stay;
All his good is turned to ill.

Heal our wounds, our strength renew;
On our dryness pour thy dew,
Wash the stains of guilt away.
Bend the stubborn heart and will;
Melt the frozen, warm the chill;
Guide the steps that go astray.

Thou, on us who evermore
Thee confess and thee adore,
With thy sevenfold gifts descend.
Give us comfort when we die;
Give us life with thee on high;
Give us joys that never end.

Amen. Alleluia.

Ascribed to Stephen Langton, Archbishop of Canterbury (1228)


Pentecost Novena – Day 5

DAY 5 – INTERCESSION FOR CONVERSION AND HOLINESS

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Prayer

Begin by invoking the Holy Spirit using Pope John XXIII’s ‘invocation’ prayer:

Renew your wonders in this our day, as by a new Pentecost.

Grant to your Church that, being of one mind and steadfast in prayer with Mary, the Mother of Jesus, and following the lead of Blessed Peter, it may advance the reign of our Divine Saviour, the reign of truth and justice, the reign of love and peace. Amen.

Come Holy Spirit, in your power and might to renew the face of the earth.

Come Holy Spirit, let faith and hope arise in the hearts of people and let your glory be manifested in your Church.

 

Scripture

‘We know that by turning everything to their good God co-operates with those who love him, with all those he has called according to his purpose. They are the ones he chose specially long ago and intended to become true images of his Son, so that his Son might be the eldest of many brothers. He called those he intended for this; those he called he justified; and with those he justified he shared his glory’ (Romans 8: 28-30).

 

Prayer Intention

Pray for the conversion of sinners, for growth in holiness and the revelation of God’s glory – in the Church, in the world, in your family and in your life.

 

Pentecost Sequence

Holy Spirit, Lord of Light,
From the clear celestial height.
Thy pure beaming radiance give.
Come, thou Father of the poor,
Come, with treasures which endure;
Come, thou Light of all that live!

Thou, of all consolers best,
Thou, the soul’s delightful guest,
Dost refreshing peace bestow.
Thou in toil art comfort sweet;
Pleasant coolness in the heat;
Solace in the midst of woe.

Light immortal, Light divine,
Visit thou these hearts of thine,
And our inmost being fill.
If thou take thy grace away,
Nothing pure in man will stay;
All his good is turned to ill.

Heal our wounds, our strength renew;
On our dryness pour thy dew,
Wash the stains of guilt away.
Bend the stubborn heart and will;
Melt the frozen, warm the chill;
Guide the steps that go astray.

Thou, on us who evermore
Thee confess and thee adore,
With thy sevenfold gifts descend.
Give us comfort when we die;
Give us life with thee on high;
Give us joys that never end.

Amen. Alleluia.

Ascribed to Stephen Langton, Archbishop of Canterbury (1228)