News from St Mary the Virgin, Kenton on Saturday 17th and Sunday 18th September 2022: The Twenty-fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time
It would be inappropriate to begin this week's news without reference to our dear departed Sovereign Lady, Queen Elizabeth II. One cannot fail to have been moved by the love and attention given to her by her children, grand-children, their spouses and all the Royal Family; the touching tributes that so many have made, often by their personal recollections of meetings with The Queen; or the floral tributes, the crowds lining the streets and the devotion of those who have queued to pay their last respects. One of the frequent references that is made to Her Majesty is about her Christian Faith. She herself said: “None of us can slow the passage of time; and while we often focus on all that has changed in the intervening years, much remains unchanged, including the Gospel of Christ and his teachings.
Some cultures believe a long life brings wisdom. I'd like to think so. Perhaps, part of that wisdom is to recognize some of life's baffling paradoxes such as the way human beings have a huge propensity for good, and yet a capacity for evil.
Even the power of faith which frequently inspires great generosity and self-sacrifice can fall victim to tribalism. But through the many changes I have seen over the years: faith, family, and friendship have been not only a constant for me, but a source of personal comfort and reassurance.”
It is clear that Her Majesty had planned her funeral arrangements some years ago and that “Operation London Bridge” was initiated upon her death. This is our duty too. We should be making plans, writing them down and keeping them safe – so that when we are called to “Higher Service”, that our family and friends do not have the worry of deciding “what we would have wanted”.
The first Mass of Sunday is on Saturday 17th September at 6.00pm. Parish Mass is on Sunday 18th September at 10.30am.
“My advice is that, first of all, there should be prayers offered for everyone – petitions, intercessions and thanksgiving – and especially for kings and others in authority, so that we may be able to live religious and reverent lives in peace and quiet.”
Taken from Saint Paul's letter to Timothy – our Epistle this Sunday!