St. Mary-the-Virgin, News for Sunday 17th November 2019: The time is near at hand.

St. Mary-the-Virgin, News for Sunday 17th November 2019: The time is near at hand.

This Sunday is the Thirty-third Sunday in Ordinary Time and that tells us that we are fast approaching the end of the Christian Year. In the Good News from Luke’s Gospel, we hear Jesus telling his disciples to be aware of those who “come using my name and saying ‘I am he’ and, ‘The time is near at hand.’ Refuse to join them.” But whilst we may be warned about false prophets, there can be no doubt that Jesus is telling his disciples to be prepared for the end of time. What we are also preparing for, of course, is the great festival marking the end of the Christian Year – Christ the Universal King, which we will celebrate in a week’s time on November 24th. 

In the evning of Sunday 24th November at 6.00pm, you are welcome to return to St Mary’s for a Sung Mass of Gabriel Faure’s “Requiem in d minor”, sung by St Alphage Chorus. This will indeed be a fitting end to the Christian Year.

And as the year draws to a close, we will soon be in the season of Advent and thinking of all the things we need to do to prepare for Christmas! If you can spare just a little time to write a card or greeting to one of the detainees on the ACAT list of recipients, this will be much appreciated. Do please read the notes carefully to see what kind of greeting will be appropriate. You can read the list here. It may not be such a good idea to start counting down the weeks left until the big day ….. Oh, how the time is near at hand!

David Griffiths