Hymn for St Rose's Day

by Sr Anna Mary House

He is a gardener,  and in his garden grows
Of ev'ry kind both fruits and flowers,
Warmed by his sun,  refreshed with showers,
And there a fragrant lily blows
And here there springs a perfect rose.
 
She is a gardener, and to her work she goes
To learn with Jesus by her side -
Living His life,  herself denied -
And grace implanted thrives and grows
Till she becomes a perfect Rose.     

General Chapter

by Sr Tamsin Geach

For the first eleven days of August the Congregation Chapter gathered to decide our plans for the next six years, and elect our new Prioress General and Council.  Dominicans rule by a process of consensus, similar in type to democratic voting, except that the process is designed to produce a consensus rather than a  majority rule.  If things have been adequately discussed the votes will often be unanimous.  Matters discussed will cover such issues as the future of our institutions and our plans for mission.  Each day of the Chapter also included Mass and praying of the Divine Office (The readings and psalms that are obligatory for all priests, religious and consecrated lay people to pray each day)  Here we are on the last day of the Chapter, symbolically and appropriately 'standing beneath the Cross'

Sr. M.Teresa Billington (in the centre at the back to the right hand side of the Cross) was elected to be prioress General.  Please pray for her in her new mission.

 

Standing beneath the Cross
The Sisters at General Chapter at Shallowford House, Staffordshire

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Be What You receive

A talk given to parents of first communicants at Our Lady of the Assumption and the English Martyrs, Cambridge by Sr. Tamsin Mary Geach 

 

In the next few weeks your children will reach the point of making their first Holy Communion.  This era of fortnightly early rising will be over!  Praise the Lord!

So well done.  You have faithfully brought your children to this point.  It’s my job today to remind you why we go through all this – parents, catechists and children.  What is the motivation that makes this worth-while?

Basically, eternal life.In the Gospel of St John, Chapter 6, we read that after the feeding of the 5000 the crowds came back to Jesus hoping for more free food.  He told them not to seek for ‘food which perishes, but for the food which endures to eternal life, which the Son of man will give to you…which comes down from heaven, and gives life to the world.” When they press Him further He tells them  “I am the bread of life; he who comes to me shall not hunger, and he who believes in me shall never thirst’  Later on He says ‘I am the living bread[c] which came down from heaven; if any one eats of this bread, he will live for ever; and the bread which I shall give for the life of the world is my flesh.”

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‘Then longen Folk to go on pilgrimage’

by Sr. Tamsin Mary Geach 

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Dominnican Pilgrimage 2018.  ©Lawrence Lew

Yesterday I went on pilgrimage to Walsingham.  Part of this was a May procession.  I have been in many May processions, and yesterday was reflecting how they are like a snap-shot of the Church. 

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What marvels the Lord worked for us; indeed we were glad

Reflection for Vespers during the Easter Octave 2019 by Sr Ann Swailes

Harrowing of Hell
Harrowing of Hell

 

Famously, Lent lasts for 40 days and 40 nights. Eastertide lasts for 50, and it’s interesting to speculate on the reason for this difference. It’s not, I think, simply that the Church in her kindness and wisdom gives us longer in which to feast than to fast,  though that’s no bad, and -  as we shall see -  no trivial thing. There’s a less comfortable explanation also.   Eastertide is given us so that we can begin to assimilate the marvels the Lord has done for us, to make our peace with a world made new. For that, we need all the time we can get.

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To Praise, To Bless, To Preach.