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Parable of the Weeds and the Wheat

16th Sunday of the Year (A)

This Sunday’s Gospel recounts the parable of the weeds and the wheat:

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Jesus put another parable before the crowds: ‘The kingdom of heaven may be compared to a man who sowed good seed in his field. While everybody was asleep his enemy came, sowed darnel all among the wheat, and made off. When the new wheat sprouted and ripened, the darnel appeared as well. The owner’s servants went to him and said, “Sir, was it not good seed that you sowed in your field? If so, where does the darnel come from?” “Some enemy has done this” he answered. And the servants said, “Do you want us to go and weed it out?” But he said, “No, because when you weed out the darnel you might pull up the wheat with it. Let them both grow till the harvest; and at harvest time I shall say to the reapers: First collect the darnel and tie it in bundles to be burnt, then gather the wheat into my barn”.’  (Matthew 13: 24-30)

Perhaps this video sheds a little light on the parable.  It’s from a film called ‘Front of the Class’ by Brad Cohen:


Let us give thanks to the Lord our God

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For the rain that seeps into the pores of the earth and the crevices of our being, we give thanks to you.

For the sun that coaxes forth the potential of our beings, we give thanks to you.

For the stars that beckon us into the depths of your mystery, we give thanks to you.

For the song that whispers from the trees to caress our spirits, we give thanks to you.

For the laughter of children, the guffaws of old men, (the cackling of old women!) and all the ways you disrupt the creases forming across our brows, we give thanks to you.

For the tenderness of hands that hold broken hearts, and the arms that embrace us when sorrow seeps from our souls, we give thanks to you.

For the thoughtful counsel, the provocative point of view, the different opinion and the comment that stops us in our tracks, we give thanks to you.

For the glitter of joy, the sadness born of love, and all the ways you remind us of your presence, we give thanks to you.

We give thanks, we give thanks, we give thanks.  

By Anne Fraley
An Episcopal priest serving Grace Church, Broad Brook, Connecticut, US


Warrington Walking Day

Some pictures from this year’s Walking Day courtesy of Mr Alan Spencer

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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)


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