27th March –
Reminder of the Pope’s blessing later today ( please note it is at 5pm UK Time )
A special Urbi et Orbi blessing
The Pope also announced that on the following Friday, 27 March, he will preside over a moment of prayer on the sagrato of St Peter’s Basilica, the platform at the top of the steps immediately in front of the façade of the Church. “I invite everyone to participate spiritually through the means of communication”, he said.
The ceremony will consist in readings from the Scriptures, prayers of supplication, and adoration of the Blessed Sacrament; and will conclude with Pope Francis giving the Urbi et orbi Blessing, with the possibility of gaining a plenary indulgence for all those who listen to it live through the various forms of communication. The blessing “to the City [of Rome] and to the World” is normally only given on Christmas and Easter.
The Director of the Holy See Press Office confirmed that the moment of prayer on Friday will be broadcast live from the Vatican, beginning at 6 pm Rome time (5pm our time). He noted that the plenary indulgence attached to the Urbi et orbi blessing is subject to the conditions foreseen by the recent Decree of the Apostolic Penitentiary.
I have also added a few more links:
Many of us last year attended the talks by Brother Duncan who visited from Quarr Abbey and gained a further understanding of art and imagery. This online NOVENA to Our Lady Undoer of Knots has liturgical art and is a powerful devotion.
Many of you may know the Priory – Father Ben O’Rourke OSA had his homilies recorded a few years ago and this is the link. Father Ben was a great teacher of silent prayer and his homilies were always thought provoking. He is for us no longer sadly here but I know he will be active on our behalf in Heaven!
This is a real range of resources and links to other sites etc and I understand this is going to be regularly updated.
God bless and keep you safe
– Mary Mustoe
Diocesan Website: https://www.rcdea.org.uk/
Information about masses in the Diocese which are to be live-streamed: https://www.rcdea.org.uk/east-anglia-masses-to-be-live-streamed/
Direct link to Walsingham: https://www.walsingham.org.uk/live-stream/
Vatican news: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC7E-LYc1wivk33iyt5bR5zQ
Magnificat publications: https://us.magnificat.net/free
Centering prayer: https://contemplativeoutreachuk.com/
Archbishop Barron: https://www.wordonfire.org/bishop-robert-barron/
Unfortunately, due to unforeseen circumstances, the published Parish contingency plans for the week commencing 23rd March have had to be postponed. Please continue to observe the guidance on social distancing and follow official guidelines. We will update the Parish website as more information becomes available.
An act of spiritual communion: “Lord Jesus, though I may not at this moment receive You in Holy Communion, please come into my heart, Your whole Soul and Divinity, and remain there, and keep me safe. I love You Jesus, always. Amen”