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Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,
This week we celebrate the Solemnity of the Most Holy Trinity. I really love this feast because it is a summation of all that we have been celebrating together from the beginning of Advent.
In Advent we await the birth of the Christ child at Bethlehem a promise that we celebrate on the 25th March each year at the Annunciation. Thus, we acknowledge the plan of God to reveal himself to humanity in a fuller way. In the past he ‘spoke’ through prophets and in various ways, but now he speaks to us through his Son.( Hebrews 1:1) So, Jesus, born to Mary and to Joseph is the definitive Word of God who ‘goes about among us doing good’ and proclaiming the Kingdom of Heaven. From Christmas until Ascension we are then caught up in the life and mystery of Jesus’ life, death and resurrection. Then at Pentecost the gear shifts again to introduce a third element of the mystery that is God – the Holy Spirit.
Nowhere in the Bible is the Holy Trinity specifically and logically set out for us. Nowhere does God speak and say that “I am one God and yet Three Persons”. In Matthew’s Gospel (Chapter 23) we get as close as we can to a specific mention of “Father, Son and Holy Spirit” – and yet that may well be a later edit to make specific what had come to be understood.
Every age in the Church’s history has its arguments and controversies. In our day it is about sexuality and ordained ministry. In the first four centuries it was all about the nature of God. The questions all arose because of Jesus. This Jesus, the gospels are keen to remind us, was a man, born of a woman who died and was buried. So far so normal. But this Jesus also rose from the dead and was seen for ‘many days’ among his disciples. Finally, he appeared one last time and again promised the gift of the Holy Spirit. That Gift was such a powerful experience that it launched an enormous and continuing period of evangelization. Jesus, when he was alive, also had power to raise the dead, heal the sick, produce growth and abundance and to forgive sins. The question was: was he given power to do this? Or was it ‘His’ because of who he was?
Gradually, the Church came to the understanding that Jesus was not only human, in every sense, but also God in every sense too. But this only led to further vexing questions. How can Jesus be man AND God? Is he a God who appears as a man? Or only a man who has been specially chosen to point towards God?
The answer, after much argy-bargy was the Nicaean Creed formulated at the Council of Nicaea in AD325. Here, the distinct persons who are God are clearly set out such that we can understand Who is Who. Thus, we start with the Father who created everything that is, we then turn to Jesus Christ His Son and we set out the facts around Jesus’ life, death and resurrection. And then we bring in the Holy Spirit – “the Lord, the giver of life,who proceeds from the Father and the Son,who with the Father and the Son is adored and glorified,who has spoken through the prophets.” The Creed also mentions that it was “through” the Holy Spirit that Mary conceives.
Thus, at the heart of faith lies a great mystery of God – three persons, yet OneGod. The Church has come to understand itself as a part of the mystery of God too. Because, through our baptism and holy communion we are united with Jesus Christ as His Body in the Holy Spirit. This is why unity matters. The Church is the sacrament of Jesus because she is an outward sign of an inner grace – the presence of Christ in the Holy Spirit. Jesus is the Sacrament of the Father because he is the “perfect likeness” of the God we cannot see. In many ways creation is also a sacrament of God because it graciously reveals the hidden mysteries of God’s revelation of love.
There are many theories of how the Holy Trinity is. They are all complicated and tricky to fully understand. But at the very heart of the Trinity is the desire for relationship – for right relationships; just relationships, creative relationships. Above all the relationships of love. That relationship of love has been described as a dance and that is how I like to picture it. God the Father dancing with the Son in the love of the Holy Spirit and we joining in – “living and moving and having our being with Him.” (Acts 17:28)
With my love
Sunday 7 June 2020 The Most Holy Trinity – Solemnity White.
Readings and Hymns at Mass
Note: You may not know this tune (being Catholics!!) but it’s an old Irish catholic tune and the words are based on St Patrick himself. I think the tune is majestic and the words beyond compare – so I thought I’d give you all a chance to enjoy it too. All the hymns this week are trad – which is no bad thing – but not all the time.
I bind unto myself today The strong name of the Trinity, By invocation of the same, The Three in One, and One in Three.
I bind this day to me for ever, By power of faith, Christ’s Incarnation; His baptism in Jordan river; His death on Cross for my salvation; His bursting from the spicèd tomb; His riding up the heavenly way; His coming at the day of doom; I bind unto myself today.
I bind unto myself the power Of the great love of Cherubim; The sweet ‘Well done’ in judgement hour; The service of the Seraphim, Confessors’ faith, Apostles’ word, The Patriarchs’ prayers, the Prophet’s scrolls, All good deeds done unto the Lord, And purity of virgin souls.
I bind unto myself today The virtues of the star‑lit heaven, The glorious sun’s life‑giving ray, The whiteness of the moon at even, The flashing of the lightning free, The whirling wind’s tempestuous shocks, The stable earth, the deep salt sea, Around the old, eternal rocks.
I bind unto myself today The power of God to hold and lead, His eye to watch, his might to stay, His ear to hearken to my need. The wisdom of my God to teach, His hand to guide, his shield to ward; The word of God to give me speech, His heavenly host to be my guard.
I bind unto myself the name, The strong name of the Trinity, By invocation of the same, The Three in One, and One in Three. Of whom all nature hath creation; Eternal Father, Spirit, Word: Praise to the Lord of my salvation, Salvation is of Christ the Lord.
Words St. Patrick Tune ST PATRICK’S BREASTPLATE
Tr. Mrs C. F. Alexander Melody from the Petrie Collection of Irish Music 1903 edited by Charles Villiers Stanford
Blest be God the Father, and the Only Begotten Son of God, and also the Holy Spirit, for he has shown us his merciful love.
God our Father, who by sending into the world the Word of truth and the Spirit of sanctification made known to the human race your wondrous mystery, grant us, we pray, that in professing the true faith, we may acknowledge the Trinity of eternal glory and adore your Unity, powerful in majesty. Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever.
First reading Exodus 34:4-6,8-9
‘Lord, Lord, a God of tenderness and compassion’
With the two tablets of stone in his hands, Moses went up the mountain of Sinai in the early morning as the Lord had commanded him. And the Lord descended in the form of a cloud, and Moses stood with him there. He called on the name of the Lord. The Lord passed before him and proclaimed, ‘The Lord, a God of tenderness and compassion, slow to anger rich in kindness and faithfulness.’ And Moses bowed down to the ground at once and worshipped. ‘If I have indeed won your favour, Lord,’ he said ‘let my Lord come with us, I beg. True, they are a headstrong people, but forgive us our faults and our sins, and adopt us as your heritage.’
You are blest, Lord God of our fathers. To you glory and praise for evermore.
Blest your glorious holy name. To you glory and praise for evermore.
You are blest in the temple of your glory. To you glory and praise for evermore.
You are blest on the throne of your kingdom. To you glory and praise for evermore.
You are blest who gaze into the depths. To you glory and praise for evermore.
You are blest in the firmament of heaven. To you glory and praise for evermore.
Second reading 2 Corinthians 13:11-13
The grace of Jesus Christ, the love of God, and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit
Brothers, we wish you happiness; try to grow perfect; help one another. Be united; live in peace, and the God of love and peace will be with you. Greet one another with the holy kiss. All the saints send you greetings. The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, the love of God and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with you all.
Alleluia, alleluia! Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit; the God who is, who was, and who is to come. Alleluia!
God sent his Son so that through him the world might be saved
Jesus said to Nicodemus: ‘God loved the world so much that he gave his only Son, so that everyone who believes in him may not be lost but may have eternal life. For God sent his Son into the world not to condemn the world, but so that through him the world might be saved. No one who believes in him will be condemned; but whoever refuses to believe is condemned already, because he has refused to believe in the name of God’s only Son.’
Breathe on me, Breath of God, Fill me with life anew, That I may love what thou dost love, And do what thou wouldst do.
Breathe on me, Breath of God, Until my heart is pure, Until with thee I will one will, To do and to endure.
Breathe on me, Breath of God, Till I am wholly thine, Until this earthly part of me Glows with the fire divine.
Breathe on me, Breath of God, So shall I never die, But live with thee the perfect life Of thine eternity.
Words Edwin Hatch Tune CARLISLE Charles Lockhart
Prayer over the Offerings
Sanctify by the invocation of your name, we pray, O Lord our God, this oblation of our service, and by it make of us an eternal offering to you. Through Christ our Lord.
Gal 4: 6
Since you are children of God, God has sent into your hearts the Spirit of his Son, the Spirit who cries out: Abba, Father.
Prayer after Communion
May receiving this Sacrament, O Lord our God, bring us health of body and soul, as we confess your eternal holy Trinity and undivided Unity. Through Christ our Lord.
Prayer for Spiritual Communion
My Jesus, I believe that you are present in the most Blessed Sacrament. I love You above all things and I desire to receive You into my soul. Since I cannot now receive You sacramentally, come at least spiritually into my heart. I embrace You as if You were already there, and unite myself wholly to You. Never permit me to be separated from You. Amen.
Praise to the Holiest in the height, And in the depth be praise, In all his words most wonderful, Most sure in all his ways.
O loving wisdom of our God! When all was sin and shame, A second Adam to the fight And to the rescue came.
O wisest love! that flesh and blood, Which did in Adam fail, Should strive afresh against their foe, Should strive and should prevail;
And that a higher gift than grace Should flesh and blood refine, God’s presence and his very self, And essence all‑divine.
O generous love! that he who smote In Man for man the foe, The double agony in Man For man should undergo;
And in the garden secretly, And on the cross on high, Should teach his brethren, and inspire To suffer and to die.
Praise to the Holiest in the height, And in the depth be praise, In all his words most wonderful, Most sure in all his ways.
Words John Henry Newman Tune GERONTIUS J.B. Dykes
Here is a link to the Liturgy of Mass readings for you to use. It gives all the daily readings for Mass free of charge. It’s run by the Redemptorists and recommended by Jane Harding (no less!) Website is www.alivepublishing.co.uk/daily-mass-readings
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WEEKLY OFFERINGS: are still welcomed! The best way is to contribute by asking your bank to set up a standing order. If you cannot or do not wish to donate to parish funds via Standing Order please feel free to drop an envelope into the letterboxes outside parish office and the sacristy door of St Thomas More.
Bank Details for Standing order to HSBC below:
RCD A&B Cranleigh and Bramley Parish (written exactly like that)
Account number is 11126466,
Sort code 40-05-20.
Coronavirus Appeal: from CAFOD’s Director
Christine Allen has recorded a special appeal for help continue CAFOD’s work during this coronavirus epidemic.
In the current circumstances we are all responding to the needs of our families, friends and neighbours. I want to ask you to help our neighbours in some of the poorest countries of the world.
Their situation is very tough – catastrophic for those in urban areas or refugee camps where chronic overcrowding allows the virus to spread quickly. There is a lack of washing facilities and inadequate healthcare. Social distancing means hunger. There is no safety net when people lose their jobs and income.
Coronavirus is exposing the shocking inequality that has long existed in our world. It will have a lasting and disastrous impact on the economies and livelihoods of those who already live on the edge.
CAFOD is responding quickly. Guided by our local experts, we are helping to limit the spread of the virus through prevention messages, health advice, and providing water, soap and toilets.
Yet in the face of this pandemic we need a concerted effort. Thank you if you have given to our recent Lent appeal – but we need to scale up our support to make a significant impact.
“Coronavirus is exposing the shocking inequality that has long existed in our world. It will have a lasting and disastrous impact on the economies and livelihoods of those who already live on the edge.”
Christine Allen, CAFOD Director
All around the world CAFOD’s partners, local experts and Caritas agencies are responding and need your help.
Please help CAFOD to support them, now and over the months and years to come.
Please give to this special CAFOD Coronavirus Appeal. Please tell your friends, family, school and community about the importance of responding to those in desperate need around the world. Remember them in your prayers.
Your support does make a massive difference, so please give. Thank you.
Christine Allen Director, CAFOD
Gift Aid Donation Statements for Tax Year 2019-2020
During this week parishioners who are in the Gift Aid scheme in the parish should have received an email with their Gift Aid Donation Statement attached. Due to the current situation I have emailed your statement, as long as I have an email address for you, even if you have previously received a paper copy.
Please let me know if any of the following apply:
You have not received your statement by email.Because I have to send the statements through the Diocesan online GiftWise system, I am unable to see if an email gets rejected (probably due to an incorrect email address). If so,please let me know your correct email address.
You have not received your statement by email. I may not have an email address for you. I do have one for the vast majority but there are a few gaps. If you would be happy to receive your statement by email in future, please let me know your email address.
You have received your statement by email, but in future would prefer a paper copy, please let me know. Although emailed statements are far easier from my point of view, you may have a good reason to revert to a paper copy.
If I don’t have an email address for you, you should have received a paper copy, either hand-delivered for local ones in Cranleigh or by second-class post. Again, please let me know if you don’t receive your statement.