Friday, April 9, 2021

Prayer for the Duke of Edinburgh (1921-2021)

We pray for the repose of the soul of HRH Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh (1921-2021). 

May he rest in peace.

The Queen has entered into eight days of mourning.
At noon tomorrow (Saturday 10th April) our Tower Captain, Jeremy Cheesman, will be tolling the tenor bell half muffled 99 times, as is happening throughout the Church of England. All Saints’ will be open until 12.30 p.m. for any who wish to come in and pray and/or light a candle.
In addition, our 7.30 p.m. Mass on Wednesday 14th April will be a REQUIEM offered for the repose of the soul of Prince Philip, as we continue to pray for the Queen and the Royal Family in their bereavement. (Social distancing applies, and face coverings are to be worn as on Sundays.)

The Church of England has opened an online condolence book for those who wish to record a message:

Wednesday, April 7, 2021

David Suchet reads the entire Gospel According to St John

Best-known for playing Agatha Christie’s fictional detective Hercule Poirot, Sir David became a Christian in 1986 after reading a hotel room Bible. Here he reads the entire Gospel According to St John (NIV translation) in the Jerusalem Chamber in the Abbey’s Deanery, the residence of the Dean of Westminster.

Go HERE for the video of David Suchet reading the entire Gospel Acording to St Mark in St Paul’s Cathedral, London.

Saturday, April 3, 2021

From the Office of Readings for Holy Saturday

All over the Internet this morning is the following homily from the Office of Readings the Church sets for today. It is sometimes attributed to S. Melito, Bishop of Sardis (d.180 AD), but more often it is described as the work of 'an unknown author'. It is a powerful and imaginative account of Jesus’s triumphal descent to the place of the dead where he meets Adam and Eve and all who are awaiting deliverance.

What is happening? Today there is a great silence over the earth, a great silence, and stillness, a great silence because the King sleeps; the earth was in terror and was still, because God slept in the flesh and raised up those who were sleeping from the ages. God has died in the flesh, and the underworld has trembled.

Truly he goes to seek out our first parent like a lost sheep; he wishes to visit those who sit in darkness and in the shadow of death. He goes to free the prisoner Adam and his fellow-prisoner Eve from their pains, he who is God, and Adam’s son.

The Lord goes in to them holding his victorious weapon, his cross. When Adam, the first created man, sees him, he strikes his breast in terror and calls out to all: ‘My Lord be with you all.’ And Christ in reply says to Adam: ‘And with your spirit.’ And grasping his hand he raises him up, saying: ‘Awake, O sleeper, and arise from the dead, and Christ shall give you light.

‘I am your God, who for your sake became your son, who for you and your descendants now speak and command with authority those in prison: Come forth, and those in darkness: Have light, and those who sleep: Rise.

‘I command you: Awake, sleeper, I have not made you to be held a prisoner in the underworld. Arise from the dead; I am the life of the dead. Arise, O man, work of my hands, arise, you who were fashioned in my image. Rise, let us go hence; for you in me and I in you, together we are one undivided person.

‘For you, I your God became your son; for you, I the Master took on your form; that of slave; for you, I who am above the heavens came on earth and under the earth; for you, man, I became as a man without help, free among the dead; for you, who left a garden, I was handed over to Jews from a garden and crucified in a garden.

‘Look at the spittle on my face, which I received because of you, in order to restore you to that first divine inbreathing at creation. See the blows on my cheeks, which I accepted in order to refashion your distorted form to my own image.

‘See the scourging of my back, which I accepted in order to disperse the load of your sins which was laid upon your back. See my hands nailed to the tree for a good purpose, for you, who stretched out your hand to the tree for an evil one.

'I slept on the cross and a sword pierced my side, for you, who slept in paradise and brought forth Eve from your side. My side healed the pain of your side; my sleep will release you from your sleep in Hades; my sword has checked the sword which was turned against you.

‘But arise, let us go hence. The enemy brought you out of the land of paradise; I will reinstate you, no longer in paradise, but on the throne of heaven. I denied you the tree of life, which was a figure, but now I myself am united to you, I who am life. I posted the cherubim to guard you as they would slaves; now I make the cherubim worship you as they would God.

'The cherubim throne has been prepared, the bearers are ready and waiting, the bridal chamber is in order, the food is provided, the everlasting houses and rooms are in readiness; the treasures of good things have been opened; the kingdom of heaven has been prepared before the ages.'


Almighty, ever-living God, 

whose Only-begotten Son descended 

to the realm of the dead,

and rose from there to glory, 

grant that your faithful people, 

who were buried with him in baptism, 

may, by his resurrection, obtain eternal life.

(See also The Harrowing of Hell and the Healing of the Memories

and The Harrowing of Hell - Anastasis)

Friday, April 2, 2021

Sweet Sacrament Divine - The Fulham Holy Week Festival 2021

The Fulham clergy were asked to send in a few photos each showing the Church's ministry during Covid for possible inclusion in a video. Well . . . near the beginning of the Video are three photos of wonderful occasions in our own parish.