News for Sunday 21st November: The Feast of Christ the King

News from St Mary the Virgin, Kenton on Sunday 21st November 2021: The Feast of Our Lord Jesus Christ: King of the Universe

There's a strange feeling when we get to the end of a good book or as the credits roll at the end of a brilliant film. Part of us feels that sense of satisfaction as the plot is drawn to a close, but another part of us wants the story to continue. The Feast of Christ the King marks the end of the liturgical year – and perhaps, once again, we hope and pray that it is also marking the 'drawing to an end' of the Covid pandemic (despite the rather shocking news that Northwick Park Hospital is once again “at capacity” with Covid patients!). The story begins with God's plan to send his Son to earth and we all know the culmination of the story; part of which we will hear in the Good News from the Gospel according to John on Sunday, as Pilate questions Jesus at his trial: “Yes, I am a king. I was born for this, I came into the world for this: to bear witness to the truth; and all who are on the side of truth listen to my voice.”.

As we prepare for the start of a new liturgical year and the seasons of Advent and Christmas, we should spare a thought for those for whom this season will be far from joyful. Please see the ACAT Christmas Greetings Campaign, and if you are able, do send greetings to one or more of those who are in particular need of our thoughts and prayers at this time.

Advent begins next Sunday and foretells that first Christmas when Jesus was born a King in the most unlikely of locations, a stable in Bethlehem; and as it is sometimes referred to, “The Greatest Story Ever Told” begins its final chapter as Jesus is crucified on the hill of Calvary. This is a story we can celebrate with all our heart and we do so in the Mass of Christ the King, followed by Benediction (Blessing from Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament).

Yet, this year at the same time, we celebrate also with mixed feelings. A celebration of the 10 years that Katherine and Father Edward Lewis have been with us, and all the blessings that we can be thankful for; are tinged with some sadness that they will be moving away to a more leisurely lifestyle. Please come and wish them both farewell on Sunday 21st November at 10.30am, when Fr Edward will celebrate his last Sunday Mass at St. Mary's. The hymns that are being used in the Mass and for Benediction have been attached, so that those who will be watching on YouTube or Facebook can join in. There will be no Vigil Mass on Saturday 20th November.

David Griffiths