News for Sunday 14th March 2021

News from St Mary the Virgin, Kenton on Saturday 13th & Sunday 14th March 2021: The Fourth Sunday of Lent (Mothering Sunday)

It has been the custom over many years at St. Mary's, that bunches of daffodils are given to the ladies in the congregation on Mothering Sunday, which is of course celebrated this weekend. There are many legends and myths associated with the daffodil, possibly starting with the Greek legend of Narcissus, who was so in love with his own reflection that he turned into the flower which now bears his name. Of course, the Welsh have long been associated with the daffodil as a symbol of Wales and many will have been wearing a daffodil on Saint David's Day at the beginning of this month. There is also a prominent legend of the daffodil featuring in Christianity. It is said that on the night of the Last Supper, the daffodil appeared in the Garden of Gethsemane to comfort Jesus, who was saddened to know of his betrayal by Judas Iscariot. What is clear, is that spring is on its way and the daffodil is often one of the first signs that things are looking brighter ahead. We may still be in the depths of winter, but spring officially starts at the Vernal Equinox on 20th March. We are also still in the season of Lent, but the wearing of rose pink vestments on this Laetare Sunday (from the Latin, meaning “to rejoice”) gives us hope, as Easter is just a few weeks ahead. From the Entrance Antiphon on Sunday:

“Rejoice, Jerusalem, and all who love her. Be joyful, all who were in mourning; exult and be satisfied at her consoling breast.”

We welcome Fr Yaro Walker, Curate at St Martin of Tours Church in Ruislip as our preacher at the 10:30am Mass on Sunday 14th March. The Vigil Mass will be celebrated at 6.00pm on Saturday 13th March.

Stay safe, stay well and let's hope for a brighter future ahead.

Rejoice, in the Lord always – and again I say rejoice!

David Griffiths