I will start this post by wishing everyone a Happy New Year! Advent Sunday is the start of the Church’s year; for those of us using Common Worship, we move into Year B today.
And we also have some good news. This will be our last Sunday worshiping from home. Places of Worship are able to open again next week; there will be the usual 12:15 PM Mass at St. Edmund’s next Wednesday (2nd December 2020), and Mass at 11 AM next Sunday (6th December 2020). Dudley will be placed in Tier 3 once the lock-down has ended, this is the most up-to-date information I have as to how attendance at church should be conducted:
The Following on-line services are available today:
0900 – Live Mass
1100: Benefice Zoom Service (Holy Communion)
Starting today, the Bishop of Ebbsfleet will be submitting weekly reflections to run alongside our weekly sermons at church. You can either watch this week’s talk here:
As we approach the holy season of Advent, and as we look forward to the return of public worship in time for the Second Sunday of Advent, the Church Union and The Society, which is supported by Forward in Faith, are delighted to inform you of our written and video resources for Advent, ‘O Radiant Dawn’. In the written booklet – available here – you will find a reflection for use each day during Advent and under a different weekly theme: Patriarchs, Prophets, St John the Baptist & Our Lady.
In the videos – which will be available on this page (https://www.sswsh.com/) on four successive Saturdays at 5.30pm, starting on 28 November – Bishop Will Hazlewood will lead us in a reflection, a priest of The Society will speak on that week’s theme and the choir of St Stephen’s, Gloucester Road will provide seasonal music. We commend not only these resources to you but also the excellent Advent resources produced by our friends at the Anglican Shrine in Walsingham as we pray for our nation in these difficult times and as we prepare to celebrate the birth of our Saviour.
We would like to thank Fr Philip Barnes for all his hard work in bringing this inspiring and high quality resource together.
The Bishop of Ebbsfleet is also asking us to pray with him every day at 12 PM through Advent. The prayers for week 1 can be found here:
The Bishop of Ebbsfleet has published his pastoral letter for Advent. The letters are written in the light of our churches being able to open again next Wednesday (2nd December). The structure of the letter is in fact four separate weekly letters – the front and back of an A4 sheet. Bishop Jonathan has broken them into separate weeks so it is more manageable and approachable for daily use. They each include the same message and ‘series meditation’ for the front, and for the back a set of daily Bible verses (or the Gospel for the Mass of the day) to be read every day with a prayer from a contemporary author. And Bishop Jonathan is inviting everyone to say them with him as bishop – though he recognises that not everyone will be able to do it at 12.00 noon, when he shall.
You can download the full copy of the letter here. I can attach them as a weekly prayer sheet when I’m posting the Society Advent videos if people prefer. But please take time to read through the whole letter below:
Novena (Friday 20 November to Saturday 28 November)
The Religious Life is at the very centre of our Catholic heritage within The Church of England. Those living the Religious Life represent a beating heart of prayer within our tradition and the wisdom of the cloister has had much to teach us during this time of pandemic. Bishop Tony Robinson is inviting you to join us in a novena of prayer for an increase in vocations to the Religious Life, this novena of prayer is supported by Religious of Orthodox Tradition (RooT), The Church Union and The Society, which is supported by Forward in Faith. The novena will be prayed in the period between the feast of St Hilda, which is marked in some calendars on 17 November (the day she died) and by the Church of England on 19 November, and the holy season of Advent, which begins on 29 November this year.The novena will therefore be prayed from Friday 20 November to Saturday 28 November. Please do join in with this time of prayer and ask God to call more people to serve Him in this way of life.You can download the resources here: https://www.sswsh.com/RooT/fullposts.php?id=211
We are delighted to announce a new resource for Advent called O Radiant Dawn. In the booklet you will find a reflection for use each day during Advent. Each week will look at a different Advent theme: Patriarchs, Prophets, St John the Baptist & Our Lady.To accompany the booklet, each Saturday in Advent starting on 28th November at 5:30pm we will be releasing a video that will be a reflection on that week’s theme. Each video will include a reflection by Bishop Will Hazlewood, a talk by a priest of The Society on that week’s theme and include music from the choir at St Stephen’s Gloucester Road. More details on those films over the coming weeks.https://www.churchunion.co.uk/…/O_Radiant_Dawn_final…This resource is brought to you by The Society, which is supported by Forward in Faith, and The Church Union
Bishop Philip North
Bishop Philip North has released a video titled: It’s the hope that kills you. Please watch it here:
In presenting its annual review for 2020, Forward in Faith thanks all its supporters for their steadfastness during a very difficult year. The videos which form the review include a wide range of material and of particular note is the emphasis placed by the Bishops of Wakefield and of Fulham on the importance of our renewed sacramental life together following two periods of national lockdown. We look forward to gathering together physically once more in 2021 to share our faith and enjoy Christian fellowship.http://www.forwardinfaith.com/fullposts.php?id=285
Have a blessed Sunday and stay safe. I shall see you all once our churches are open for public worship again. St. Edmund’s will be open this Wednesday between 11AM and 12PM however for private prayer.
The Shrine of Our Lady of Walsingham (Anglican) lives streams the Mass every Sunday at 9 AM. I shall be posting these services on this website every Sunday so they can be watched here. You can either watch live, or watch later. Today prayers are offered at the Shrine today for all who have died in warfare and for the peace of the world. May Mary, Our Lady of Sorrows and Queen of Peace, pray for us. #LestWeForget #RemembranceSunday
The Benefice Zoom Service will take place at 10:50 AM today so the Act of Remembrance can take place at 11 AM. To gain access please e-mail: email@example.com
St. Edmund’s will be open for private prayer this Wednesday at 11 AM
As announced by HM Government yesterday, as part of the new lock-down, places of worship will close for public worship from Thursday 5th November 2020. All Sunday services will cease until further notice. St. Edmund’s will be open for private prayer however every Wednesday between 11 AM and 12 PM. Please feel free to come in and pray, whether you just want to pop in for five minutes, or stay the whole hour! The Church Union has published a resource to assist with private prayer in church, you can download a copy here: https://www.churchunion.co.uk/uploads/Praying_in_Church_FINAL.pdf
This Wednesday, 4th November 2020, it will be Mass as usual at St. Edmund’s. This will be the last public Mass before the new lock-down. During this service there will be an act of remembrance.
St. Francis, Friar Park, a Society parish, will be live streaming Mass every Sunday from 9:30 AM. I will put the link onto this website every Sunday so the Mass can be watched here. If you cannot see the link, please keep refreshing your browser and it will appear. If 9:30 AM is too early for you, can still watch the service later in the day. In order to receive a Spiritual Communion, you may wish to download this Church Union resource: https://www.churchunion.co.uk/jscripts/tiny_mce/plugins/imagemanager/files/Resources_FINAL.pdf
All being well, we will be able to return to church on Sunday 6th December 2020. But please keep tuned into this website for further updates.
Sunday (1 November) will mark the great Christian feast of All Saints, which is widely recognised as an important day in the Church’s calendar across its different denominations. To mark the feast, The Church Union and The Society, which is supported by Forward in Faith, are releasing a short devotional video in which The Bishop of Fulham explores the themes of the feast.
1100 Sunday – Mass (All Saints Day & All Souls Day)
1215 Wednesday – Mass
If someone you know has died over the past year, and you want us to pray for them, then please attend church tomorrow and put their names on the list at the back of church. It is okay to come to church and pray for them privately also.
If you are still unable to come to church, the Benefice Zoom service is still available at 11 AM. Alternatively, you can watch the official Church of England Service at 9 AM here:
Next Sunday, 1st November 2020, will be All Saints Day and All Souls Day. If you want us to pray for someone you know who has died recently, please add their name to the list at the back of the church.
The Sunday after, 8th November 2020, is Remembrance Sunday. The service will start a little earlier at 10:50 AM so we can observe the two minutes silence. St. Edmund’s can officially sell poppies, and they are on sale at the back of church.
And a big thank you to everyone to donated food to the Black Country Food Bank at the Harvest Festival. We donated 61.5 kg of food.