Pope Francis has called on people of all religions to come together on Thursday 14 May for a Day of Prayer, Fasting and Works of Charity to implore God to help humanity come together to overcome the Coronavirus pandemic.
We encourage you all to join in with this, and we hope that this resource will help you to enter into this day:
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
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
This Sunday is Vocations Sunday. Please pray for everyone who is currently exploring a vocation, or who feels that they may have a calling into ministry. Please pray this prayer from the Additional Curates Society website: https://www.additionalcurates.co.uk/images/prayer.jpg
Each Friday in May at 12pm you are invited to join in and #PrayTheRosary.
Pope Francis is encouraging households to join together in praying the Rosary throughout May, and we are encouraging families to do the same. Join Bishop Jonathan this coming Friday as we enter into Mary’s month of May, a month where we can join with her in celebration of the Resurrection of Jesus Christ.
This livestream is especially helpful for those unfamiliar with this ancient prayer as well as being a helpful aid for those who pray it regularly already.
Each Friday in May at 12pm you are invited to join in with praying the holy rosary via Facebook Livestream
As we continue to worship and pray at home, The Society and The Church Union have published Stations of the Resurrection. In this devotion we follow Jesus and the disciples from Easter morning through to Pentecost. They follow the same pattern as the Stations of the Cross, with a scripture reading, meditation and a prayer. Through these scenes we share in the disciples’ doubts, their misunderstandings, their fears, but most of all their joy in the Risen Jesus. It is the Resurrection of Jesus that, in these very strange times, is our strength and hope. You can download the resource here: https://www.churchunion.co.uk/uploads/Stations_of_the_Resurrection_v2_2.pdf
Non-Computer Worship Resources:
8:10 AM – Sunday Worship (Prof Jennifer Strawbridge & Rev Dr Steve Nolan): BBC Radio 4
11 AM – Sunday Worship (Bishop of Dover): BBC 1
1:15 PM – Songs of Praise (Sean Fletcher): BBC 1
3PM – Choral Evensong (Chapel of Royal Holloway, University of London): BBC Radio 3
The coronavirus lock-down has extended for another three weeks, and our church will remain closed until further notice. However it is important to continue a pattern of regular worship and prayer from our own homes.
For those who are not good with computers, the following services are available:
11 AM – Urbi et Orbi (Pope Francis) followed by Easter Sunday Worship (The Very Rev Kathy Jones): BBC 1 (Freeview channel 1 or 101, Freesat channel 101 or 106, Sky channel 101 or 115, Virgin channel 101 or 108, https://www.bbc.co.uk/bbcone)