Sunday, 4 April 2021

Risen - Easter Blessings

 Alleliua, Jesus Christ is risen today.

Alleluia Alleluia Alleluia. He is Risen. Alleluia Alleluia Alleluia. Easter greetings to all our people. May you be blessed with the grace of new life during this holy season and beyond. Your parish Clergy. 

Wishing all Cathedral Parishioners and readers of this blog the peace and joy and blessings of Easter.  Over the past Holy Week parishioners have gathered with Bishop Paul, Fr Steve, Fr John-Paul and Deacon Jim to journey from Palm Sunday through the events of the Triduum.  Many have helped to make this possible, those who have stewarded and prepared and cleaned the Cathedral, those who have supported with music, prepared service sheets and thought through the logistics. 

For those who gathered together you were our visible sign of the parish family community, for others it was a blessing to watch from home looking forward to when we can gather together as one.  Together we can celebrate the eight days of Easter joyfully, singing Alleliua.

To get a sense of the joy of the risen Lord, this short film captures some of the emotions that Mary, Peter and John felt on finding Jesus was no longer in the tomb. 

Saturday, 3 April 2021

Art & Faith Holy Saturday

Today's art and faith reminds us of the three Mary's going and visiting the tomb, this reflection invites us to consider how we will respond at the new that Jesus is risen, who will we tell and what difference will it make in our lives.  

Jacopo di Cione, “The Three Marys at the Sepulchre,” detail from the San Pier Maggiore Altarpiece, 1370–71

Earlier in the week when the families gathered for stations of the cross one family shared images from a lantern they had made, each side showing a picture of an event from Holy Week, tonight we come together to celebrate the peace and joy that Christ is risen.  Tomorrow we'll share a paschal candle for children and adults if they wish to colour and have as a reminder that this is not an event in the past, but is something we celebrate in 2021.

Holy Week Lantern Top left Palm Sunday, right Good Friday
Bottom Left Cross and right Jesus has risen.

Friday, 2 April 2021

Art & Faith: Good Friday

 Master of the Karlsruhe Passion, “The Capture of Christ,” circa 1450

Last night Fr John Paul spoke at the Mass of the Lord's Supper about how Jesus Takes, Blesses, Breaks and Gives, he was reminding us to those actions within the Eucharist. 

Today we remember the day when Jesus TAKES the decision to die for our sin, he Blesses his Mother and the Beloved disciple who watch him as he dies, and gives hope to the dying thief who asks to be remembered, as he dies and his body is BROKEN he GIVES his all. We have the promise that as we watch and wait He will rise from the dead, because he has GIVEN us salvation.

For our younger readers they may wish to remember the crosses made on a previous Good Friday. See video below.

Some of our children and families gathered on Wednesday evening to pray the stations of the cross and sent in their pictures for the 4th Station where Jesus meets his mother (above) and the 9th Station where Jesus falls a 3rd time (right).

Thursday, 1 April 2021

Art and Faith: Christ washing the disciples' feet

Tintoretto, “Christ Washing the Disciples’ Feet,” 1548–1549

In the Gospel of the Lord's Supper we hear the account of Jesus washing the disciples feet, normally the Bishop would wash the feet of members of the congregation, a reminder that like the disciples we too are called to follow Jesus' example to serve one another by following this new Commandment.

This is also the night when the Jesus celebrated the Last Supper.  During the consecration it is worth listening out to the Bishop (or priest) who says that it was "the day before he was to suffer, which is today ...". This reminds us that we are journeying with Jesus and not merely remembering events from the past. 

Wednesday, 31 March 2021

Art and Faith: Holy Week

 Michelangelo Merisi da Caravaggio, “The Denial of Saint Peter,” 1610

Throughout Holy Week we will share some art reflections that shed light on the characters and events of this special week.  Today it is an even that is shown in one of the windows of Lancaster Cathedral, where Peter denied Jesus.

It can be comforting to remember that Jesus willingly died not only for Peter who denied him, but for each one of us. Do you connect to the pain and sorry that Peter shows when he realises what he has done in denying his friend and master.

Tuesday, 30 March 2021

Chrism Mass 2021

Today Bishop Paul will celebrate the Chrism Mass with priests of the Diocese. Sadly due to restrictions this is not a Mass we can attend but we can take time to remember all our priests as they renew their priestly vows after what has been a challenging year for us all. Copy of the service sheet Throughout they have offered Mass, at first in empty churches, which must have felt strange, and as government restrictions allowed some have been able to attend and celebrate with them. Undertaking their priestly ministries and administering the sacraments all of which involve contact of some sort with those receiving the sacrament must have been as difficult for them as for us.  

As a reminder of the Bishop Paul's first Holy Week and Chrism Mass we share a video of Holy Week from 2019.  How much has changed, look out for the Deacon who reads the Gospel, a Deacon no more, but a priest of the Diocese, thanks be to God. 

Holy Week 2019

A prayer for priestly vocations

Lord God, provider of all our needs, we, your faithful people of the Diocese of Lancaster, ask you to send labourers into your harvest, to give us holy and zealous priests after your own heart. Grant courage to those you are calling to the priesthood to respond to your call, and continue to guide those who are discerning their vocation. We ask this through Christ Our Lord. Amen 
We call upon you, St John Vianney, to watch over our priests, that they might always be faithful to their sacred calling. We also seek your intercession, with the Lord of the harvest to stir up in the hearts of the men of our Diocese the desire to answer the Lord’s call to the priesthood. Amen

Sunday, 28 March 2021

Palm Sunday

Today we celebrate Palm Sunday this was live streamed this morning and included to solemn reading of Mark's Passion.  

We will add a link to the video as soon as it becomes available.  However until then we share some images from a previous Palm Sunday when we were able to gather outside and then process into the Cathedral, and our children who then went on to wave their palms and sing Hosanna.

Palm Sunday 2018

Palm Sunday 2021