Weekly Newsletter(click to download PDF)
Introduction (click to download PDF)
Week 1 Temptations (click to download PDF)
Week 2 Transfiguration (click to download PDF)
Week 3 Woman at Well (click to download PDF)
Week 4 Man born blind (click to download PDF)
Week 5 Lazarus (click to download PDF)
The Rector writes ...
We are beginning the most important week in the Christian calendar. Entering Jerusalem with Jesus on this Palm Sunday, we are invited to follow closely as the drama of Holy Week quickly unfolds and the Saviour comes nearer and nearer to the suffering of Good Friday and the vindication of Easter Day. “The wonderful works of God among the people of the Old Testament were but a prelude to the work of Christ the Lord in redeeming mankind and giving perfect glory to God. He accomplished this work principally by the Paschal mystery of his blessed Passion, Resurrection from the dead and glorious Ascension” (2nd Vatican Council).
To understand the significance of Holy Week and most especially its culmination in the Sacred Triduum (the Mass of the Last Supper on Maundy Thursday, Good Friday’s unique form of worship, and the Easter Vigil on Holy Saturday) we need to reflect on what the Church understands she is doing in the celebration of the liturgy. “In Christian tradition it means the participation of the People of God in ‘the work of God’. Through the liturgy, Christ, our redeemer and high priest, continues the work of our redemption in, with and through his Church” (Catechism: 1069). The key word here is participation. We believe that the glorified Christ now transcends time and space with a body which eternally bears the wounds inflicted on Good Friday - as we will see demonstrated in the differing aspects of the post-Easter appearances to his Disciples: “Put your finger here: look, here are my hands. Give me your hand: put it into my side” (John 20:28).
In her liturgical actions the Church does not repeat the saving events of Christ’s life (which are anchored in a particular historical context) but she does re-enact, or re-present, them in such a way that we are invited to participate in their reality. T S Eliot once described this as “the intersection of the timeless moment”: this means that we will truly stand under the Cross on Good Friday as we will wait beside the empty tomb on Easter Day. “When we celebrate the liturgy, we are drawn into the love of God, healed, and transformed" (Catechism: 1076).
The Letter to the Hebrews emphasises the eternal priesthood of Christ – the love and obedience offered to the Father, epitomised on Calvary, “hallmarks” the Blessed Trinity ever after, and becomes a sacramental reality for us in our own times through the action of the Holy Spirit. St Augustine says of Jesus: “he prays for us as our priest; he prays in us as our head; he is prayed to by us as our God”. Put another way, when we gather together to worship, our liturgy is essentially the action of the Godhead towards us, rather than vice versa: we are accepting the invitation to become more deeply immersed in the life of the God. YouCat expresses this truth: “liturgy is always in the first place communion or fellowship with Jesus Christ. Every liturgy, not just the Eucharist, is an Easter in miniature. Jesus reveals his passage from death to life and celebrates it with us”.Please do everything you can to share in the Church’s liturgy this Holy Week and most especially to follow the “seamless garment” of Maundy Thursday, and Good Friday through into Holy Saturday and Easter itself. There is a unity of action here which needs to be experienced to be understood, so be generous with God so that he can be even more generous with you. “The event of Christ's death and resurrection is the heart of Christianity, principal fulcrum of our faith, impetuous wind that sweeps away every fear and indecision, every doubt and human calculation” (Benedict XV1). If we accept these words of the Pope Emeritus they must evoke a powerful and personal response.
Our Church is right in the heart of London. It is a spiritual oasis to many people who come in for silent prayers and personal devotion. It serves the deep needs of those who desire to get away from the hurly burly of city life. On the other hand, the various parish liturgical services reflect the richness of catholic traditions and its pastoral orientation caters for all categories of people especially the young and those searching for truth.
The location of the church is not actually in Spanish Place as its preJanessor used to be, but in George Street, almost at the corner of George Street and Marylebone High Street. Nearest Subway or Underground stations are Baker Street and Bond Street. For directions click here.