Holy Week 2020
Message from Bishop Philip
"The COVID-19 pandemic is causing us all great harm, disruption and anxiety. As Catholics, we must tackle this crisis with spiritual as well as human resources. God’s Word is being proclaimed. The Sacraments are available and pastoral care to God’s people in their need is being offered. Although we cannot gather for public liturgies, we must pray.
Let us pray earnestly. Let us pray for a speedy solution, for those who are sick, for the protection of the elderly and the vulnerable, for those in self-isolation, for all who are suffering anxiety and worry, for the homeless and needy, for the well-being and financial security of all, for the NHS medical staff and all who care for the sick, and for the repose of those who have died. Let us turn with confidence to God our father, invoking the intercession of our patron saints, Mary Immaculate, St. Edmund of Abingdon and Blessed Pier Giorgio Frassati. May St. Michael and our Guardian Angels protect us."
The Bishop's Chapel
For Holy Week Bishop Philip will be live-streaming
from his private chapel at the following times:
Monday and Tuesday
07:30 Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament
08:10 Morning Prayer & Benediction
08:30 Holy Mass
(07:40 BBC Radio 4: Thought for the day)
08:00 Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament
08:40 Benediction & Morning Prayer
09:30 Holy Mass (Latin)
09:00 Holy Hour with Morning Prayer and
Renewal of Priestly Commitment
For Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament:
Most of the Bishop's Holy Hour is in silence, but there are ways you can join him in prayer.
Prayer for Renewal of the Diocese:
O Sacred Heart of Jesus, we beg you to change us, to convert us and to make us holy. Fill us with a deeper faith, hope and love for you. Send into our hearts the cleansing fire of the Holy Spirit and powerfully renew all the clergy, religious and laity of our Diocese.
Unite us in love and respect for one another and unify us as your one, holy people. Grant us a new passion and zeal for the Catholic Faith, for mission, outreach and service.
Help us to proclaim your Gospel generously to the poor and needy that many more souls may be saved by finding their way to you in your Church. May Mary Immaculate help us. May St Edmund of Abingdon and Blessed Pier Giorgio Frassati pray for us. Amen.
'I put before you a vision. I call on everyone in our Diocese - clergy, laypeople, religious - to pray and work together to make this vision a reality in your parish, school, community. It is a vision that can be summed up in one line: