This Sunday we may all be celebrating something different. We may be celebrating the First Sunday after Trinity (Common Worship), or Corpus Christi (Roman Rite). If you haven’t watched The Society’s video for Corpus Christi yet, then please watch it here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kXCRQ5cQ4sE
Thinking about Corpus Christi brings me onto the subject of churches now being able to open for private prayer. We have not been able to receive The Lord’s Body and Blood during this lock-down, which I am sure has been painful for all of us. The Society hopes that in the future (it is not legal yet) the Blessed Sacrament will be on display in our churches, so we can at least pray before the Blessed Sacrament. Please continue to pray for a return to regular church worship.
Please remember that if you are going to a church for private prayer, it is for prayer only. HM Government does not allow members of different households to meet in a sheltered building for social purposes. If you have been advised to self-isolate, then please stay at home.
The Society has published this booklet to assist us to pray privately in church: https://www.churchunion.co.uk/uploads/Praying_in_Church_FINAL.pdf?fbclid=IwAR3xLTma98Z9u0saS1kVWCI10PCdoYs2JU4G1Fay52GS87Y06hUqvGRgKDc
Please can we also pray for the following this week:
- For Black Lives Matter, and a right response to God’s call for justice and respect for all
- For Churches, as we respond to possible reopening of buildings as lockdown eases
- Schools, as they gradually have more pupils returning.
- Families at home and at breaking point, and those living isolated and alone
Services resources that do not require 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 (Cardinal Vincent Nichols): BBC Radio 4
10:30 AM – Dudley Benefice service (Rev Hugh Burton): Telephone (0203 481 5240)
10:45 AM – Sunday Worship (Sarah Bradley): BBC 1
3 PM – Choral Evensong (York Minster): BBC Radio 3
Worship resources that require a computer
9 AM – Church of England Service (How Jesus meets us in our darkest hour): YouTube (https://youtu.be/sMn44SloEkI)
10:30 AM – Parish Worship Service (Dudley Benefice): Zoom (to get access to this service, you will need to e-mail Rev Hugh Burton (firstname.lastname@example.org))
10:45 AM – Mass (Shrewsbury Cathedral): via the cathedral webcam (http://www.shrewsburycathedral.org/webcam)
11:30 AM – Mass (Bishop of Fulham): Live on Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/BishopOfFulham)
June is traditionally the month of the Sacred Heart of Jesus, and the feast day of the Sacred Heart this year is Friday 19th June. With The Society we have produced this resource of prayers, hymns and poems focused on the Sacred Heart that can be used throughout the year. You can find this and other resources that have been produced at www.churchunion.co.uk/coronavirusresources
Corpus Christi Sermon
You can watch the Bishop of Ebbsfleet’s Corpus Christi sermon here.