News from St Mary the Virgin, Kenton on Saturday 21st and Sunday 22nd November 2020: Our Lord Jesus Christ, King of the Universe (Christ The King)
We've made it! The end of the Church's (liturgical) year is marked this weekend with the great feast of Our Lord Jesus Christ, King of the Universe (usually shortened to Christ The King). Who would have thought it, back in March when the Coronavirus pandemic struck the United Kingdom, that we would have had to endure so many trials and tribulations this year? Many of us have had to deal with personal tragedies, of illness and bereavement, as family members or close friends have been affected both by the virus and other diseases, ailments or circumstances. Day by day we are given renewed hope, as news of immunisations against the virus gains momentum – but we are not there yet! There is a rising swell of anticipation in the air!
With Christ The King, we have come a full circle from Advent and Christmas 2019, when we celebrated the arrival of Our Lord Jesus Christ as a newborn baby in the stable at Bethlehem: “Born a King on Bethlehem plain” (as one of the lines from the carol We Three Kings explains). This coming week is the Thirty-Fourth Week in Ordinary Time and the church will be open for 15 minutes before Mass / Evening Prayer for Private Prayer. Morning Prayer, Evening Prayer and Mass will continue to be broadcast on YouTube and Facebook at the times given, and all are welcome to join in remotely. Let us continue to pray that we will be able to worship together as soon as possible, taking due regard to protecting one another from the spread of Coronavirus.
As Father Edward writes in this week's Pew Sheet:
The Church Year ends with the glorious Feast of Christ The King. 2020 has been the strangest of years. We never envisaged Covid, masks, lockdowns or sadly the death of so many from Covid. However our strong Rock, who never changes, is Christ Our King. He it is who is alongside us and with us in this earthly pilgrimage and He it is who will meet us when it is over. God bless you all on this great Feast.