Lenten programme

Tuesdays at 6.45pm – Lenten Reflections

(the youtube video of the reflection begins at 55mins)

based on The APOSTOLIC LETTER PATRIS CORDE
The Live Stream begins with organ music, as a preparation for the passage from Patris Corde, followed by the Reflection from Canon Wilson and concludes with further music and an invitation to view the Art and commentary shown here.

Prayer from the Pope’s Letter

Spouse of the Blessed Virgin Mary.

To you God entrusted his only Son;

in you Mary placed her trust;

with you Christ became man.

Blessed Joseph, to us too,

show yourself a father

and guide us in the path of life.

Obtain for us grace, mercy and courage,

and defend us from every evil. Amen.

THESE REFLECTIONS will be LIVE STREAMED

Tuesday 2nd March 2021

2. Obedience
Is obedience still valued in today’s society and in our faith? Do we need obedience? Who do we need to be obedient to? What does obedience mean during Lent?

Passage from Patris Corde:
‘As he had done with Mary, God revealed his saving plan to Joseph. He did so by using dreams, which in the Bible and among all ancient peoples, were considered a way for him to make his will known. Joseph was deeply troubled by Mary’s mysterious pregnancy. He did not want to “expose her to public disgrace”, so he decided to “dismiss her quietly” (Mt 1:19). In the first dream, an angel helps him resolve his grave dilemma: “Do not be afraid to take Mary as your wife, for the child conceived in her is from the Holy Spirit. She will bear a son, and you are to name him Jesus, for he will save his people from their sins” (Mt 1:20-21). Joseph’s response was immediate: “When Joseph awoke from sleep, he did as the angel of the Lord commanded him” (Mt 1:24). Obedience made it possible for him to surmount his difficulties and spare Mary.
In the second dream, the angel tells Joseph: “Get up, take the child and his mother, and flee to Egypt, and remain there until I tell you; for Herod is about to search for the child, to destroy him” (Mt 2:13). Joseph did not hesitate to obey, regardless of the hardship involved: “He got up, took the child and his mother by night, and went to Egypt, and remained there until the death of
Herod” (Mt 2:14-15).’

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Phillippe de Champaigne,
The Dream of Saint Joseph,
1642
In our painting by Phillipe de Champaigne, we see the Angel appearing in St Joseph’s dream.
What do you notice? – why is Our Lady reading Scripture?
– why is the angel hovering both over St Joseph and Mary
– note the carpenter’s tools by Joseph’s feet
– Joseph is barefooted, sign of humility
– both Joseph and Mary are obedient here
– note the colour tonalities of the clothes Mary and Joseph wear
Click here to see the full Apostolic letter  
Click here to watch the streamed YouTube video https://www.youtube.com/c/StJamessSpanishPlace of Canon Wilson’s Reflection (available from 10am Wednesday).

 
Tuesday 23rd February 2021

1. A Father’s Heart
This is the title of the Apostolic Letter. Why did Pope Francis chose this theme for our Church in 2021 during these times of Pandemic?
Click here to see the full Apostolic letter
Click here to watch the streamed YouTube video https://www.youtube.com/c/StJamessSpanishPlace of Canon Wilson’s Reflection (available from 10am Wednesday).

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Meditation
Guido Reni,
Saint Joseph and the Christ Child,
1640
In our painting by Guido Reni, we see the father love of Saint Jospeh towards Jesus. What do you notice? – the look of St Joseph towards Jesus
– a Father’s heart?
– the look of Jesus towards St Joseph
– the fruit Jesus is holding
– why is St Joseph wearing a ‘purple’ shirt, but wrapped in golden cloak?
– the plain background doesn’t distract the viewer
– St Joseph’s hands are worn
 
Credits: Author Patrick van der Vorst daily meditation on art of the gospel https://www.christian.art/