Friday, 26 April 2019
Saturday, 20 April 2019
Tuesday, 16 April 2019
|Mr Ian Knowles, iconographer and Bishop Richard Moth |
next to Icon of Blessed Virgin with the child Jesus
On Friday 12 April Bishop Richard Moth of the Diocese of Arundel & Brighton during a Mass in the church of St Michael’s, Hayling Rise, High Salvington, Worthing blessed two beautiful Icons, one of the Virgin Mary with the child Jesus and the other of the Archangel St Michael.
The two icons were commissioned by the parish to celebrate 50 years since the church was built in 1965. One was obviously of St Michael the Archangel, the patron saint of the parish and the other of the Virgin Mary with Jesus as it reflects the important place in the faith of the Church of Jesus and his Mother.
The two icons were commissioned following the visit during a parish pilgrimage in 2015 to the Holy Land to the Bethlehem Icon Centre which is home to an Icon School and its Icon Workshop, and is based in Bethlehem, the city of the birth of Jesus Christ. It is dedicated to the renewal of iconography as a living part of the spiritual landscape of the Holy Land through a commitment to the highest standards of sacred liturgical art.
The Centre by restoring an essential element of their ancient culture seeks to renew the dwindling Christian population of the city and of the region. It is the only project of its kind in the Middle East.
Bishop Richard during the Mass and blessing emphasized that “they are not just beautiful works of art but also works of prayer”. The ancient Christian understanding is that they are not only things of wonder and beauty but are a window into the divine life of God if we pray with them and through them.
Bishop Richard, Father Chris Ingle and the parish congregation were joined by Mr. Ian Knowles who produced the two icons and is director of the Bethlehem Icon Centre. He was in the parish to finish them off by applying a final wax varnish to both Icons to protect them from damage.
The parish deacon, Rev Mark Woods said: “Thanks to the foresight of our parish priest Fr Chris Ingle and many parishioners we now have more amazing art in our church to nourish our souls and prayer life.”
He continued, “It was appropriate that they should be blessed just before Holy Week as they help direct us in prayer to the God who became human like us, suffered and died for us but rose to new life at Easter that we might share in God’s divine life which we glimpse here in these icons.”
Anybody is welcome to visit the Icons when the church is open and to spend some time there in prayer and contemplation.
Monday, 8 April 2019
In the Cycle of Prayer for England and Wales, this day is marked every year on the Friday of the fifth week of Lent.
On Friday 12 April the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of England and Wales is encouraging the Catholic community to take part in a day of prayer for survivors of sexual abuse.
The Diocese of Arundel & Brighton through it's Safeguarding Office continues to work for a safe environment for children and adults. Please pray for their work as well as survivors of sexual abuse in this diocese.
Tuesday, 2 April 2019
|Pope addresses Young People|
The Bishops' Conference of England & Wales took three delegates to the Synod of Bishops in October 2018: Cardinal Vincent Nichols, Archbishop of Westminster, Bishop Ralph Heskett, Bishop of Hallam and Bishop Mark O'Toole, Bishop of Plymouth.
Welcoming the publication of Christus Vivit, they said:
“What a joy it is to receive this Post-Synodal Exhortation 'Christ is Alive'. Reading it brings back all the best features of the Synod of Bishops we attended last October: the vitality of young people; their love for the Church and for us Bishops; their willingness to face the difficult challenges before us; their capacity for prayer and a living, loving relationship with Jesus. We thank Pope Francis so warmly for this remarkable document which will now be poured over by many young people and brought to bear on their lives.
“The closing words of this Exhortation will be so welcome: 'The Church needs your momentum, your intuitions, your faith. We need them! And when you arrive where we have not yet reached, have the patience to wait for us' (299).
“Here is a great invitation from Pope Francis asking all of us to reflect on so many aspects of our world today, a world in which hunger, homelessness, violence, cruelty and exploitation touch and diminish the lives of so many young people. These and many other challenges face young people in particularly dramatic ways, including the rights and roles of women and our own past in the Church (42); the exploitation of the images of young people (79); the desires, hurts and feelings of young people, including their sexuality (81); the digital world (86); abuse of every kind (95).
“The Pope writes with great vigour of the message of the Living Christ and invites young people to 'make the most of these years of youth' (143), in friendship with Christ (150), in 'strong social friendships' (169) and always as 'courageous missionaries' (175).
“He also spells out the challenges for ministry in the Church and speaks about the task of true discernment.
“In 'Christ is Alive' we have received a great gift. Now we can open the wrapping and delve into the richness of what we have been given!”