News from St Mary the Virgin, Kenton on Saturday 10th and Sunday 11th April 2021: The Second Sunday of Easter (Divine Mercy Sunday)
This Sunday is the Second Sunday of Easter, but is also known by several different names. Traditionally it was called Low Sunday – possibly in contrast to the high festival and celebration of Easter Sunday last weekend! It is also the 8th Day in the Octave of Easter.
Colloquially, and in a rather amusing fashion, it has also been called Quasimodo Sunday. Nothing to do with the Hunchback of Notre Dame, but takes the first two words in Latin of the Entrance Antiphon “Like newborn infants…” Quasi modo geniti infantes.
Another name attributed to the Second Sunday of Easter is Dominica in Albis, or to give it its full title Dominica in Albis Depositis, which means the Sunday of the Laying Aside (depositis) of the Baptismal Robes (albis). Traditionally, those who had been baptised at the Easter Vigil would wear their baptismal clothes of white throughout the whole of the Easter octave, and on this Sunday would take them off and return to wearing their normal clothes. This is the reason why the Church adopted the Entrance Antiphon for this Sunday: “Like newborn infants, you must long for the pure spiritual milk, that in him you may grow to salvation, alleluia!” The antiphon of course relates to adult as well as infant baptism, since at Baptism we are all re-born as children in God's holy family.
Since 2001, the date has also been observed as Divine Mercy Sunday following the Canonisation of a Polish Nun, Saint Faustina Kowalska by Pope John Paul II in 2000. Faustina recorded her experience of her encounters with Jesus, and her writings convey God's loving message of Divine Mercy.
Mass times this week return to “normal” with the First Mass of Sunday on Saturday 10th April at 6.00pm. Parish Mass will be on Sunday 11th April at 10.30am.
Please note that the Parish Electoral Roll is being revised later this month. If you are aged over 16 years of age and a habitual worshipper at St Mary's and your name is not currently on the Electoral Roll (and you would like to be) please ask Cynthia Yorke, our Electrol Roll Officer, or one of the Churchwardens for an Electoral Roll Application Form. Those who are already on the Electoral Roll do not need to re-apply this year.
Two messages from Margaret Davies this week, who has a dual role in representing us at ACAT (Harrow) and as our Parish ALMA representative. Firstly, this month's Prayer Case of the Month, Samar Badawi, who has been campaigning for women's rights in Saudi Arabia, deservedly needs not only our prayers, but a greeting to pledge support. Details are on the attachment.
Margaret also highlights the many people killed and displaced by the Islamist attacks in Cabo Delgado, northern Mozambique. ALMA is launching an appeal to help the Anglican church give assistance to the victims and the address for donations is https://www.give.net/Alma_London_CaboDelgado
Please support this very worthy cause if you can.
The Gospel on Sunday recounts the doubts expressed by Thomas, one of Jesus' disciples, who refused to believe that Jesus had risen from the dead. When Thomas eventually saw the risen Christ, Jesus said to him: “You believe because you can see me. Happy are those who have not seen and yet believe.”
Christ is risen indeed. Alleluia! Alleluia!