Here is this week's newsletter:
As from last Thursday 31 December, the whole of
Cumbria is in lockdown, at Tier 4, for an unspecified period. The rules are
slightly different than in the previous lockdown. Please note:
Churches are open for public Mass. We can open also for private prayer.
Funerals can take place in church with restrictions. We are allowed to use our
halls for charitable works such as food share and for certain vulnerable groups.
Our Bishops state that these days are not easy, but during the time the
regulations are in force, it is vital that the best and most effective use of our
churches is made, for the good of the faithful and wider society.
This Sunday’s Scripture: The readings ram home the glorious truth that
God is among us and for us. He ‘pitched his tent’ in Jerusalem and made the
Jewish people his ‘chosen’ people. Then he widened out his choice to all the
world, to us. We truly have been ‘...blessed with all the spiritual blessings in
Christ ...’. We have in Jesus his final eternal Word. The ‘Word was made
flesh and dwelt amongst us’. Rejoice, we are truly blessed, as the chosen ones
of God, the ones given the light of life
Feast of the Epiphany, Wednesday
... They saw the child with His Mother Mary and falling to their knees they did Him Homage
The word ‘Epiphany’ means the unveiling or revealing. The three Kings or wise men
visit Jesus and acknowledge Him as both King and God. They represent all the
known parts of the earth. Wise people still seek Jesus, and follow his star today.
Darkness and Light
(A meditation and prayer for Epiphany (from our ‘Epiphany
Celebration’). Please say it thoughtfully on the day of the Epiphany):
Lord Jesus, you are a light that shines in the dark of our world,
A light that darkness could not overpower.
Your birth is surrounded by darkness and light.
Darkness: An enforced journey at a dictator's command, a young mother
giving birth in a stable, flight as refugees to a foreign country, the
slaughter of all Bethlehem's infant children.
Light: but your birth also saw all of creation rejoice. Animals watched
alongside the poor shepherds, the wise and the wealthy kings visited you,
and above them a sky was filled with angels - even a star in the infinity of
space halted, to honour the Lord of all that is.
The three Kings brought gifts to honour You the Christ Child, the Prince
of Peace, the Lord of Light.
We can give nothing but ourselves - it is all we have.
Loving Lord, accept us as we are, we can come no other way. Help us live
every hour, every day, in Your dawning brightness; and bring that
brightness to all we meet. Amen
Messages of Hope:
Don’t worry about anything: Instead, pray about everything.