Thursday 25 August 2016

Millions of Angels

Sunday's second reading gives us a picture of the glory of heaven:
...what you have come to is Mount Zion and the city of the living God, the heavenly Jerusalem where the millions of angels have gathered...
As I read it, I keep thinking of the Sanctus from Bach's B minor Mass. Few other pieces of music speak to me so vividly of the glory of heaven.

However, the first reading, psalm, and gospel readings remind us of our duty to care for the poor and remind us:
…great though the power of the Lord is, he accepts the homage of the humble.
I remember a comment I read somewhere about another setting of the Sanctus, this time by the 20th century French composer, Poulenc: "Here the angels seem to take themselves lightly and dance on tiptoe!" See what you think.

Newsletter for 27/28 August - Sunday 22(C)

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Sunday 21 August 2016

I am coming to gather the nations of every language...

A couple of pictures to illustrate the first reading for this weekend - as mentioned in my homily...


And you can find Bishop Robert Barron's homily for this Sunday, to which I also referred in my own homily, here.

Thursday 18 August 2016

Thursday 11 August 2016

Newsletter for 13/14 August - Assumption of Our Lady

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Today the Virgin Mother of God
was assumed into heaven
as the beginning and image
of your Church’s coming to perfection
and a sign of sure hope and comfort to your pilgrim people;
rightly you would not allow her
to see the corruption of the tomb
since from her own body she marvellously brought forth
your incarnate Son, the Author of all life.
From the Preface of this weekend's Solemnity

Thursday 4 August 2016