2 June 2008

175 Years of Witness.

On July 14, we are to celebrate the 175th anniversary of the Great Catholic Revival in the Church of England - otherwise known as the Oxford Movement. Here at S Thomas's there will be an hour of prayer before the Blessed Sacrament exposed and then Mass at 12.30. In 1933 there were the celebrations for the Centenary: in the official handbook for that occasion, Lord Halifax concluded his Introduction with these words: And finally, let us remember that nothing less than the reunion of Christendom and the healing of the deplorable schism which so grievously affects the relations of the Anglican Communion with the Holy See, is the consummation of the work of the Oxford Fathers begun 100 years ago.

On a more mundane level, may I ask readers to remember me in their prayers, particularly next Monday, June 9, when I hope, God willing, to celebrate the 40th anniversary of my ordination to the Sacred Priesthood. It is my intention to offer Holy Mass in S Thomas's at 7.00 in the evening.

1 comment:

Phil said...

Many congratulations and prayers.

Who can doubt the many gaces brought to all Christians by the 'Oxford Movement'. A great reason to celebrate!