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Our Morning Offering – 30 November – Breviary Hymn for the Feast of St Andrew, Apostle of Christ

Our Morning Offering – 30 November – The Feast of St Andrew, Apostle of Christ

Hymn/Prayer on the Feast of St Andrew
From the Breviary

Saint Andrew, who once cast your nets
Upon the lake of Galilee,
Show now your skill in catching souls,
And save us from the world’s wild sea.

Saint Peter’s brother during life,
Not even death your souls could part,
Since both endured the bitter cross
With patient and courageous heart.

True brothers in your work on earth,
Your crown of glory is the same,
Both fathers of the infant Church,
Both crucified for Jesus’ Name.

You were the first to find Our Lord,
And led your brother to His feet,
So help us on life’s weary way,
Befriend us in its dust and heat.

Companion of your brother’s toil,
Preserve the Church in charity,
That with Saint Peter, shepherd true,
We may serve God in unity.

Beloved Saint, so dear to Christ,
Help us to run the path of love,
That we may all God’s praises sing,
United in full joy above.
Amenst andrew who once cast your nets - breviary hymn for the feast of st andrew - 30 nov 2018

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Our Morning Offering – 14 September – Feast of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross

Our Morning Offering – 14 September – Feast of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross

Breviary Hymn
O Cross of Christ
By St Flavian Bishop (Died 449 – Memorial 18 February), from Day’s Psalter 1562

O Cross of Christ, immortal tree
On which our Saviour died,
The world is sheltered by your arms
That bore the Crucified.

From bitter death and barren wood
the tree of life is made;
Its branches bear unfailing fruit
And leaves that never fade.

O faithful Cross, you stand unmoved
While ages run their course;
Foundation of the universe,
Creation’s minding force.

Give glory to the risen Christ
And to His Cross give praise,
The sign of God’s unfailing love,
The hope of all our days.o cross of christ - 14 sept exaltation of the holy cross - 14 sept 2018 breviary hymn

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Our Morning Offering – 29 August – The Memorial of the Beheading of St John the Baptist

Our Morning Offering – 29 August – The Memorial of the Beheading of St John the Baptist

Lauds Hymn
Stanbrook Abbey Hymnal

God called great prophets to foretell
the coming of His Son.
The greatest, called before his birth,
was John, the chosen one.

His life was filled with joy and hope;
he knew he must decrease,
and that we must prepare a place
where Jesus may increase.

John searched in solitude for Christ
and knew Him when He came.
He showed the world the Lamb of God
and hailed Him in our name.

That lonely voice cried out the truth
Derided and denied.
As witness to the law of God
His mighty martyr died.

We praise You, Trinity in One,
the light of unknown ways,
the hope of all who search for You
whose love fills all our days.lauds hymn - memorial of st john the baptist - 29 aug 2018

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One Minute Reflection – 19 August – Twentieth Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year B – Today’s Gospel: John 6:51-58

One Minute Reflection – 19 August – Twentieth Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year B – Today’s Gospel: John 6:51-58

“I am the living bread that came down from heaven; whoever eats this bread will live forever; and the bread that I will give is my flesh for the life of the world.”...John 6:51i am the living bread - john 6 51 - 19 aug 2018

REFLECTION – “The Eucharist is Jesus Himself who gives Himself entirely to us. Nourishing ourselves on Him and abiding in Him through Eucharistic Communion, if we do so with faith, transforms our life:  transforms it into a gift to God and to our brothers and sisters.   Nourishing ourselves of that “Bread of Life” means entering into harmony with the heart of Christ, assimilating His choices, His thoughts, His behaviour.   It means entering into a dynamism of love and becoming people of peace, people of forgiveness, of reconciliation, of sharing in solidarity. …Pope Francis – (Angelus, 16 August 2015)nourishing ourselves - pope francis - 19 aug 2018

PRAYER – Lord God, You have called us and prepared for those who love You, what no eye has seen, no ear has heard.   Fill our hearts with Your love, so that loving You above all and in all, we may attain Your promises and become images of Your Son.   With Mary our merciful and loving Mother who is constantly reaching down to assist us, to intercede for us and bring us to You, we make our prayer through Jesus our Lord, in union with the Holy Spirit, one God forever, amen.mary assumed into heaven pray for us - 19 aug 2018

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Our Morning Offering – 18 August

Our Morning Offering – 18 August – Saturday of the Nineteenth week in Ordinary Time, Year B

Breviary Hymn – Psalter Week 3
It were my Soul’s Desire

It were my soul’s desire
To see the face of God;
It were my soul’s desire
To rest in His abode.

Grant, Lord, my soul’s desire,
Deep waves of cleansing sighs;
Grant, Lord, my soul’s desire
From earthly cares to rise.

It were my soul’s desire
To imitate my King,
It were my soul’s desire
His ceaseless praise to sing.

It were my soul’s desire
When heaven’s gate is won
To find my soul’s desire
Clear shining like the sun.

This still my soul’s desire
Whatever life afford,
To gain my soul’s desire
And see Thy face, O Lord.it were my soul's desire - breviary hymn sat psalter week 3 - 18 aug 2018

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Our Morning Offering – 13 August

Our Morning Offering – 13 August – Monday of the Nineteenth week in Ordinary Time, B

The Day is Filled with Splendour, is a hymn written by the Benedictine Nuns of Stanbrook Abbey. It is sung during Morning Prayer in the Divine Office. It is set to the hymn tune: Paderborn, first published in the Katholische Kirchengesänge of 1616.   Psalter Week 3.

The Day is Filled with Splendour

The day is filled with splendour
When God brings light from light,
And all renewed creation
Rejoices in His sight. —
The Father gives His children
The wonder of the world
In which His power and glory
Like banners are unfurled. —
With every living creature,
Awaking with the day,
We turn to God our Father,
Lift up our hearts and pray: —
O Father, Son and Spirit,
Your grace and mercy send,
That we may live to praise You
Today and to the end.the day is filled with splendour - 13 august 2018 - breviary hymn psalter week 3

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One Minute Reflection 6 August – Feast of the Transfiguration of the Lord – Today’s Gospel: Mark 9:2–10

One Minute Reflection 6 August – Feast of the Transfiguration of the Lord – Today’s Gospel: Mark 9:2–10

And a cloud overshadowed them, and a voice came out of the cloud, “This is my beloved Son; listen to him.”...Mark 9:7this is my beloved son listen to him mark 9 7 - 6 aug 2018

REFLECTION – …”And the path of Jesus is another, Jesus triumphs through humiliation, the humiliation of the cross.   But, as this would be a scandal for them, Jesus lets them see what will come next, what is after cross, what awaits us, all of us.   This glory and this heaven.   And this is very beautiful, very beautiful because Jesus and this feels good, always prepares us for the test.   In one way or another but this is the message.   It always prepares us.   It gives us the strength to go on in moments of trial and to win with its strength.   Jesus does not leave us alone in the trials of life, He always prepares us, He helps us as He prepares these (the disciples) with the vision of His glory.   And so they remembered this moment, to bear the weight of the humiliation.   And this is the first thing that the church teaches, that Jesus always prepares us and rehearses with us.   He does not leave us alone, never!
“This is my beloved son.   Listen to him.” This is the message which the Father gives to the Apostles, the message of Jesus prepares them to see His glory, the message of the Father is “Listen to him.”   There is no moment in life which cannot be fully lived by listening to Jesus.   In beautiful moments, stop and listen to Jesus, in bad moments, stop and listen to Jesus.   This is the way, He will tell us what we need to do, always.”…Pope Francis 25 February 2018he does not leave us alone never - pope francis - transfiguration homily feb 2018 - 6 aug 2018

PRAYER – Father, at the Transfiguration in glory of Your only-begotten Son, You confirmed the mysteries of faith by the witness to Jesus of the prophets Moses and Elijah. You foreshadowed what we shall be when You bring our sonship to its perfection.   Grant that by listening to the voice of Jesus, we may become heirs with Him, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, God forever and may Mary, our tender and caring Mother, help us to be bright rays of the saving light of her Son Jesus. Amenmary beloved mother-pray for us all