Sunday 10th May 2020 (Easter 5)

The Covid-19 lock-down has been extended for another three weeks.  The Prime Minister will make an announcement on Sunday afternoon as to how the country is to move forward, however it is extremely unlikely that public church worship will be happening again in the near future.  With this in mind, the Society, and the Church Union have published the following two booklets:

Saints of the Month

Although we are praying and worshipping in our homes, we never pray alone. We pray with the Church around the world and our prayers are joined with those of the company of heaven. In this booklet there are a selection of biographies of saints and holy people whose feast days occur this month, as well as prayers you might find helpful.  The booklet can be downloaded here: https://www.churchunion.co.uk/uploads/Saints_of_the_Month_-_May_FINAL.pdf

Wisdom from the Cloister

Another excellent free resource from The Society and The Church Union this time in conjunction with RooT. It explores what has the Religious Life got to teach us during this time of Pandemic. Available here: https://www.sswsh.com/RooT/uploads/WisdomformtheCloister.pdf

Some Good News

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The Society under the patronage of Saint Wilfrid and Saint Hilda is delighted to learn of the appointments of Fr Will Hazlewood SSC to be the next Bishop of Lewes and of the Revd Ruth Bushyager to be the next Bishop of Horsham. This is especially welcome news as it is five and a half years since the last announcement of a traditional Catholic priest to be appointed to a Church of England bishopric; at that time it was the appointment of Fr Philip North to be the Bishop of Burnley.

The Rt Revd Tony Robinson, Chairman of The Society’s Council of Bishops, commented: “I am thrilled for Will and Ruth and wish them every success and happiness in their new roles. It is wonderful to see the Church of England’s Five Guiding Principles being lived out in this way. We have been acutely conscious of the lapse in time since the last appointment of a traditional Catholic priest to the episcopate and so Will’s appointment is both welcome and timely. We do of course hold Will and Ruth in our prayers, along with their families, and indeed the entire Diocese of Chichester under Bishop Martin.”

Services Resources for this Sunday Not Requiring a Computer

This telephone line is open 24 hours per day for music, prayer, and reflections, as well as full services.

8:10 AM – Sunday Worship (Dr Rowan Williams): BBC Radio 4

10:45 AM – Sunday Worship (Rt Rev Rose Hudson-Wilkin): BBC 1

1:15 PM – Songs of Praise (Katherine Jenkins): BBC 1

3:00 PM – Choral Evensong (Tewkesbury Abbey): BBC Radio 3

Service Resources that Require a Computer

9 AM – Church of England On-Line Service: https://youtu.be/TUAriWLhyKE

10:30 AM – Sung Mass (with Spiritual Communion (Fr Iain Templeton): Live on Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/pages/category/Church/St-Andrews-Birchills-108982647183429/)

Other Resources

12 PM Every Friday – #PrayTheRosary

5PM Every Saturday – Rosary (Fr Iain Templeton):  Live on Facebook

6PM Daily – Shrine Prayers: Live via the Shrine website: https://www.walsinghamanglican.org.uk/worship/shrine-prayers-live-stream/