St. Mary-the-Virgin, News for Sunday 24th November 2019: Remember me when you come into your Kingdom.
This Sunday is the great festival of Our Lord Jesus Christ, King of the Universe – or more commonly shortened to Christ the King. The 10.30am Parish Mass on Sunday will end with a procession of the Blessed Sacrament (Jesus present in the consecrated host, carried in a Monstrance in procession) and Benediction (as we are blessed by Our King and Saviour). The feast of Christ the King marks the start of the last week of the Christian Year. Of course, Our Lord’s Kingship was hardly filled with the glamour of a Coronation! Arrested, Tried, Whipped, Scourged – a Crown of Thorns upon his head. His throne was the cross upon which he was crucified. As we hear in the Good News from Luke’s Gospel on Sunday: “One of the criminals hanging there abused him: ‘Are you not the Christ?’ he said. ‘Save yourself and us as well.’ But the other spoke up and rebuked him. ‘Have you no fear of God at all?’ he said. ‘Jesus, remember me when you come into your kingdom.”
It’s going to be a busy day for some, as ACAT (Harrow) will be holding their Service of Prayer and Meditation at St Alban’s Church, North Harrow at 3.00pm, praying for survivors and those suffering or at risk of torture. Please support this if you can.
But hurry back to St Mary’s at 6.00pm on Sunday evening for a Sung Mass to the setting of Faure’s Requiem in d minor sung by St Alphage Chorus.
Next weekend, on Saturday 30th November we will be holding our Autumnal Fayre. Please take a poster from church to advertise it and invite your friends and neighbours. But most of all, please support it by donating items for sale or offering to help on the day.
And before we know where we are, we shall be in Advent and making plans for Christmas – the Celebration of the Birth of Christ the King: born in a manger in Bethlehem, who died for us on His throne of Calvary. Lord Jesus, remember us when you come into your Kingdom.