Lectio Divina: News

Our Lectio group have spent time considering the readings for the 3rd Sunday in Lent Year B.

Jn 2:13-25 Destroy this sanctuary, and in three days I will raise it up.

You can read their thoughts here.

With sadness they shared the news that Anthony Finnerty died last night. For many years he had worked with the Carmelites. He was a wonderful person.

Eternal rest grant unto Anthony, O Lord, and let perpetual light shine upon him. May his soul and the souls of all the faithful departed, through the mercy of God, rest in peace.

Preston: News

Preston Windrush has once again made the news, this time with the New York based Associated Press! Here is the link to the article and there are some good photos of what happens on a Friday!

It was good to see familiar faces last weekend and this weekend in Blessed Sacrament Parish! Hopefully, we’ll get more opportunities to see each other as the lockdown begins to open! The promise of Easter joy and hope seems more pertinent this year!

On a sadder note: Anthony Finnerty passed on Thursday evening (March 4th). His struggle with a brain tumour, for the past few years, came to a peaceful end. He was not alone in his final hours with family in Royal Preston Hospital. May he rest in peace and be assured of our prayers for him and those close to him.

Lectio Divina: News

Our faithful and active Lectio Group have been on Zoom together and some of them have shared their reflections and thoughts on the reading for the Second Sunday in Lent.

Mk 9:2-10 This is my Son, the beloved.

You can read their reactions here.

Poetry and Book Club: News

Our Poetry and Book club met on Zoom this week and had a most interesting discussion on the Biblical book of Jonah. One of the group was able to share a deep knowledge of the Bible and explained the significance of Jonah in the Jewish faith.

The group also looked at Jonah from the Christian viewpoint as a sign pointing to Christ before concluding with a look at the Prophets of today such as David Attenborough and Pope Francis.

This is the Book Club at it’s very best!

We next meet by Zoom on the 24th March to study “Lancashire Poets”

Book Club: News

Our Poetry and Book club meet on Zoom this Wednesday 24th February at 1.30 to discuss
“The Biblical Book of Jonah”

This is a short read but contains a lot to think about. If you want to join the group then please use the form at the bottom of this page to ask Mike for details of how to join in.

The Lenten readings

Sunday readings

The Sunday gospel readings during Lent are arranged as follows:

The first and second Sundays retain the accounts of the Lord’s temptations and transfiguration, with readings from all three Synoptics.

On the next three Sundays, the gospels about the Samaritan woman, the man born blind, and the raising of Lazarus, have been restored in Year A. Because these gospels are of major importance in regard to Christian initiation, they may also be read in Year B and Year C, especially in places where there are catechumens.

Other texts, however, are provided for Year B and Year C:

  • for Year B, a text from John about Christ’s coming glorification through his cross and resurrection
  • for Year C, a text from Luke about conversion.

On Passion Sunday (Palm Sunday) the texts for the procession are selections from the Synoptic Gospels concerning the Lord’s triumphal entrance into Jerusalem. For the Mass the reading is the account of the Lord’s passion.

The Old Testament readings are about the history of salvation, which is one of the themes proper to the catechesis of Lent. The series of texts for each year presents the main elements of salvation history from its beginning until the promise of the New Covenant.
The readings from the letters of the apostles have been selected to fit the gospel and the Old Testament readings and, to the extent possible, to provide a connection between them.

Weekday readings

The Weekdays of Lent follow differing themes:

The readings from the gospels and the Old Testament were selected because they are related to each other. They treat various themes of the Lenten catechesis that are suited to the spiritual significance of this season. Beginning with Monday of the fourth week of Lent, there is a semi continuous reading of the Gospel of John, made up of texts that correspond more closely to the themes proper to Lent.

Because the readings about the Samaritan woman, the man born blind, and the raising of Lazarus are now assigned to Sundays, but only for Year A (in Year B and Year C they are optional), provision has been made for their use on weekdays. Thus at the beginning of the Third, Fourth, and Fifth Weeks of Lent optional Masses with these texts for the gospel have been inserted and may be used in place of the readings of the day on any weekday of the respective week.

In the first half of Holy Week the readings are about the mystery of Christ’s passion. For the chrism Mass the readings bring out both Christ’s messianic mission and its continuation in the Church by means of the sacraments.

Further reading

For more information on the readings follow these links.

Lectio Divina: News

We are once again in the Lent Season and it has been a very popular Lectio session.

The group considered the Gospel for the 1st Sunday in Lent Year B.

Mk 1:12-15 Jesus was tempted by Satan, and the angels looked after him.

You may read their thoughts here. Perhaps their observations will encourage your own reflections on the passage.

One person of the group sent both a reflection and this ‘chant of praise’ after today’s Lectio.

‘I just went in the garden and the first thing I noticed were the wild freesia nodding their little heads. The fragrance is divine. I was reminded that in all the darkness in the world, God is still creating beauty. He is unstoppable, new life is bursting forth everywhere. The birds know it they are singing their hearts out in praise and glory.

Praise the Lord, praise the Lord
Let the earth hear his voice
Praise the Lord praise the Lord
Let the people rejoice Oh come to the Father through Jesus the Son
And give him the glory great things he hath done ‘

Lectio Divina: News

Lectio Divina for this Friday took the readings for the Sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time Year B

Mk 1:40-45 The leprosy left him at once and he was cured.

Read how the group took meaning from the readings here.

Today one person from the group said “Lectio Divina gives us the space to be aware of God’s Presence within our busyness of the week. He is with us always anyway but it also gives me the opportunity to think about all of us together as one body in Christ.”

God bless you and keep you safe

Lent 2021

Lent 2021 begins next Wednesday. Ash Wednesday begins our Lenten journey and gives us time to prepare for the Paschal Mystery of the Passion, Death and Resurrection of Jesus. We call this period of time Lent, from to derive from the old English for lengthen, because the daylight gets longer as we enter springtime.

Lent was a time when people wore sackcloth and ashes, to show that they were sorry for their sins. Today, we will wear Ashes, to show that we recognise our sinfulness and our willingness to change. Although, this year the symbol of our ashes will not be as usual! Many of us will asked or be asked “what are you giving up for Lent?” and this is a good starting point, but we should remember that Lent is more than giving something up, it is about change and there are three pillars of Lent to help us:

  1. Prayer (justice towards God)
  2. Fasting (justice towards self)
  3. Almsgiving (justice towards neighbour)

Lent gives us a focus, a period to step back from our routines (whatever they are given the past year!) and see what our values and priorities are. What we need to remember is that these three Lenten pillars have in common is that we should be doing them already! They are not something special that we do only for Lent. We only increase these virtues during Lent, and hopefully it carries over for the rest of the year.

Here are some further suggestions to help with our Lenten journey this year:

Lenten Calendars

Lenten Saints:

Lenten reflections/ideas

Lent 2021

Lent begins on Wednesday February 17th this year! It is always good to take time to prepare for these 40 days before we celebrate Jesus’ entry into Jerusalem, his Passion, death and Resurrection. So here are some places to visit (virtually this year!) to get suggestions and help for this time of Prayer, Fasting and Alms Giving.

I’ll have more suggestions for next week – looking at retreats, Stations of the Cross and prayers! Jesus spent four days and nights in the desert preparing for his public ministry. It would be good if we too, could take time to prepare ourselves as well!