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WE HAIL THY PRESENCE GLORIOUS (HYMN)

We hail thy Presence glorious,

O Christ our great High Priest,

O’er sin and death victorious,

At thy thanksgiving feast;

As thou art interceding

For us in heaven above,

Thy Church on earth is pleading

Thy perfect work of love.

 

Through thee in every nation

Thine own their hearts upraise,

Offering one pure Oblation,

One Sacrifice of praise:

With thee in blest communion

The living and the dead

Are joined in closest union,

One Body with one Head.

 

O Living Bread from heaven,

Jesus, our Saviour good,

Who thine own self hast given

To be our souls’ true food;

For us thy body broken

Hung on the Cross of shame:

This Bread its hallowed token

We break in thy dear name.

 

O stream of love unending,

Poured from the one true Vine,

With our weak nature blending

The strength of life divine;

Our thankful faith confessing

In thy life-blood outpoured,

We drink this Cup of blessing

And praise thy name, O Lord.

 

May we thy word believing

Thee through thy gifts receive,

That, thou within us living,

We all to God may live;

Draw us from earth to heaven

Till sin and sorrow cease,

Forgiving and forgiven,

In love and joy and peace.

– Bishop R. G. Parsons, 1882-1948

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NO! GOD EXCLUDES NO ONE FROM SALVATION!

GOD DESIRES THE SALVATION OF ALL MEN.

“No! God excludes no one from salvation! There is no one, whom He does not sincerely wish to lead to heaven, no one whom He does not grieve to see rushing to eternal ruin.

Truly, it was an execrable blasphemy to attribute to God the intention of damning a certain number of His creatures, and crediting Him, in consequence with all kinds of manoeuvres to circumvent these poor victims, so that, constrained to do evil, they should be driven to hurl themselves into hell, for which God had created them from all eternity.

Frightful, desolating blasphemy, which the Church hastened to condemn in the most formal and rigorous manner!

Has not God Himself said, with regard to all sinners, of every class: ‘I desire not the death of the sinner, but rather that he be converted and live?’ And does Jesus Christ exclude anyone from receiving and responding to this invitation, ‘Come to Me, all you who labour and are burdened, and I will refresh you?'”
– Laverty & Sons (eds), 1905

 

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O EVERLASTING KING MOST HIGH (HYMN)

O everlasting King most high,
Redeemer of all men of faith,
Who vanquishing both Death and Hell,
Received the triumph won by grace.

The angels watch in awe, amazed
To see reversed the fate of man;
For flesh which sinned by Flesh is saved,
And God as God incarnate reigns.

To you, O Jesus, be our praise,
Returning victor to the skies,
With Father and with Holy Ghost,
Be glory now and evermore. Amen.

 

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THE HEART OF JESUS IS AN INFINITE TREASURE

“Strip yourself of all, and the Heart of Jesus will enrich you. Forget your “self”, and abandon yourself to Him; He will think of you, and care for you.

Lovingly embrace that which most humiliates and lowers you, as being the best means of hastening the triumph of the meek and amiable Heart of Jesus, and of making your heart reign, in turn, in His.

Live there without anxiety, like a child, who has no other care than to love Him and to abandon itself to Him. Let your soul repose in Him, without yielding to trouble or anxiety at the thought of your defects and miseries.”
– St Margaret Mary

 

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MY SONG IS LOVE UNKNOWN (HYMN)

My song is love unknown,
My Saviour’s love to me,
Love to the loveless shown,
That they might lovely be.
O, who am I,
That for my sake
My Lord should take
Frail flesh, and die?

He came from his blest throne,
Salvation to bestow:
But men made strange, and none
The longed-for Christ would know.
But O, my Friend,
My Friend indeed,
Who at my need
His life did spend!
– Samuel Crossman

 

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23rd MARCH, GOSPEL READING (JOHN 4:5-15, 19-26, 39-42)

THE SAMARITAN WOMAN AT THE WELL

Jesus came to the Samaritan town called Sychar, near the land that Jacob gave to his son Joseph, Jacob’s well is there, and Jesus, tired by the journey, sat straight down by the well. It was about the sixth hour.

When a Samaritan woman came to draw water, Jesus said to her, “Give me a drink.” His disciples had gone into the town to buy food. The Samaritan woman said to him, “What? You are a Jew and you ask me, a Samaritan, for a drink?” – Jews, in fact, do not associate with Samaritans.

Jesus replied, “If you only knew what God is offering and who it is that is saying to you ‘Give me a drink’, you would have been the one to ask, and he would have given you living water.” “You have no bucket, sir,” she answered, “and the well is deep: how could you get this living water? Are you a greater man than our father Jacob who gave us this well and drank from it himself with his sons and his cattle?”

Jesus replied, “Whoever drinks this water will get thirsty again; but anyone who drinks the water that I shall give will never be thirsty again: the water that I shall give will turn into a spring inside him, welling up to eternal life.” “Sir,” said the woman, “give me some of that water, so that I may never get thirsty and never have to come here again to draw water.” Jesus said, “Go, call your husband, and come back here.” The woman answered, “I have no husband.” And Jesus replied, “You are right to say, ‘I have no husband’; for you have had five husbands, and the one you have now is not your husband. What you said is true.” The woman then said to him, “I see you are a prophet, sir. Our fathers worshipped on this mountain, while you say that Jerusalem is the place where one ought to worship.”

Jesus said, “Believe me, woman, the hour is coming when you will worship the Father neither on this mountain nor in Jerusalem. You worship what you do not know; we worship what we do know; for salvation comes from the Jews. But the hour will come – in fact it is here already – when true worshippers will worship the Father in spirit and truth: that is the kind of worshipper the Father wants. God is spirit, and those who worship must worship in spirit and truth.”

The woman said to him, “I know that Messiah – that is, Christ – is coming; and when he comes he will tell us everything.” “I who am speaking to you,” said Jesus, “I am he.” Many Samaritans of that town believed in him on the strength of the woman’s testimony, so, when the Samaritans came up to him, they begged him to stay with them. He stayed for two days, and when he spoke to them many more came to believe; and they said to the woman, “Now we no longer believe because of what you told us; we have heard him ourselves and we know that he really is the saviour of the world.”

V. The Gospel of the Lord.
R. Praise to you, Lord Jesus Christ.

 

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THE BRIGHTNESS OF A NEW STAR LED THE THREE WISE MEN TO A SIGHT OF HUMILITY

PROGRESS IN HOLINESS: WORKS AND FAITH

“Recalling the deeds performed by the Saviour of the human race brings us great profit, dearly beloved – if what we venerate as something believed we also take on to be imitated. In the arrangement of Christ’s mysteries, there are both effects of grace and influences from doctrine, for we follow in the example of his works the one whom we acknowledge in the spirit of faith. Those very first things which the Son of God experienced in being born of his Virgin Mother set us on the road to progress in holiness.

HUMAN LOWLINESS AND DIVINE MAJESTY

There appear to those of an upright heart in one and the same Person both human lowliness and divine majesty. Whom the cradle shows to be an Infant, heaven and heavenly things call their Maker. That Boy with a small body is Lord and Ruler of the world. He who is encompassed by no limits is held in the arms of his Mother. But it is in these things that the healing of our wounds and the raising up of our abasement rest, for, unless such diversity had come together as one, human nature could not be reconciled to God.

A PATTERN FOR OUR CONDUCT

Our remedies, then, have established for us a rule of living, and a pattern has been given for our conduct, a pattern from which medicine can be applied to the dead. Not inappropriately, when the brightness of a new star had led three wise men to worship Jesus, they did not see him ruling over demons, not raising the dead, not restoring sight to the blind or mobility to the lame or speech to the dumb, nor in any action of divine power. They saw him, rather, as a Child – silent, at rest, placed in the care of his Mother – in a situation where there appeared no indication of power.

HUMILITY

From this lowliness, however, a great miracle was presented. Consequently, the mere sight of that Sacred Infancy to which God the Son of God had adapted himself was bringing to their eyes a preaching that would be imparted to their ears. What the sound of his voice was not yet presenting, the activity of sight was teaching them. For the entire victory of the Saviour, the one that overcame the devil and the world, began in humility and ended in humility.”
– Pope St Leo the Great, 5th century

 
 

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