Stabat Mater Menevia

Stabat Mater Menevia
We praise you O Lord and we bless you, for by thy Holy Cross thou hast redeemed the world

Tuesday, 4 June 2019

Holy Mass on the Feast of Pentecost Sunday 9th June at 4 p.m.

Pentecost Sunday - 9th June  2019

A Missa Cantata will be celebrated on Pentecost Sunday,  Sunday 9th May at 4 p.m. at Sacred Heart, Morriston.

The following musical will be sung, 

Vidi Aquam
Propers for Pentecost Sunday,   Rossini and Plainsong
Mass 1 for Paschal Time
Sequence for Pentecost
Hymn - Veni Creator Spiritus
Regina Caeli

Refreshments will be served after Mass in the Sacred Heart Centre.  All are welcome.

It is a delight once again to be able to have a Missa Cantata and thanks go to Canon Jason Jones and also to Andrew Butcher who has kindly agreed to serve the Mass on Sunday.

We look forward to seeing as many people as possible at the Mass.  If you are keen to sing at this Mass with the schola,  you are most welcome,  please let us know in advance using the contact form on this site so we can have the right number of copies with us.

Spiritus Domini, replavit orbis terrarum

Sunday, 26 May 2019

Postponement of Holy Mass of 2nd June

Good Morning,

Due to unforeseen circumstances,  Holy Mass originally scheduled for Sunday 2nd June in the Extraordinary Form at Sacred Heart,  Morriston,  has been postponed to Sunday 9th June at the same time of 4 p.m. at Sacred Heart. 

We look forward to seeing you then,  and a further post will be uploaded nearer the time.

Best Wishes

Tom and Elaine.

Wednesday, 1 May 2019

Second Sunday After Easter - 5th May at 4 p.m.

Holy Mass will take place at Sacred Heart, Morriston, Swansea at 4 p.m. this coming Sunday, 5th May with the propers being those of the 2nd Sunday After Easter.

The sacrament of confession is available before and during Holy Mass and there will be refreshments sailable in the Sacred Heart Centre after Mass.

All are welcome.

Thanks are due to Canon Jason Jones for celebrating Holy Mass in the Extraordinary form in our diocese.  For those who are able to attend,  Holy Mass is also offered in the Extraordinary Form at St. Therese in Sandfields, Port Talbot on the 2nd Sunday of every month,  at 6 p.m.  Please contact the parish for further details.

This Sunday is called "Good Shepherd Sunday"

The propers for this Mass can be found by clicking here

Today is "Good Shepherd" Sunday in the usus antiquior, the 2nd Sunday after Easter, when the gospel is taken from that of St. John, chapter 10, verses 11-16:  

"I am the good Shepherd. The good Shepherd gives His life for His sheep. But the hireling, and he that is not the shepherd, who own the sheep are not, sees the wolf coming and leaves the sheep and flees: and the wolf catches and scatters the sheep: and the hireling flees, because he is a hireling, and he has no care for the sheep. I am the good Shepherd: and I know Mine, and Mine know Me. As the Father knows Me, and I know the Father: and I lay down My life for My sheep. And other sheep I have that are not of this fold: them also I must bring, and they shall hear My voice, and there shall be one fold and one shepherd."

Today too in the usus antiquior the Communion antiphon also invokes this imagery: "I am the good Shepherd, alleluia: and I know My sheep, and Mine know Me, alleluia, alleluia."

In the modern Roman liturgy, these references take place on the Fourth Sunday after Easter (one week hence), where the gospel there is taken either from St. John, chapter 10, verses 1-10 (cycle A), St. John 10:11-18 (cycle B) or St. John 10: 27-30 (cycle C). The communion antiphon also, as in the usus antiquior, draws upon this imagery: "The Good Shepherd is risen! He who laid down his life for his sheep, who died for his flock, he is risen, alleluia."

The image of Christ the Lamb, of course, but also of the sheep is something one sees in many of the apse mosaics of the Roman basilicas (as well other churches elsewhere) and I have always quite enjoyed this particular and ancient symbolism.

Accordingly, today offers an opportunity to both provide a visual meditation upon this theme, while also sharing some of the great artistic glories of Christendom.

Wednesday, 3 April 2019

Holy Mass on the First Sunday of the Passion - April 7th

Holy Mass will be celebrated at Sacred Heart R.C. Church,  Morriston,  Swansea at 4 p.m. on Sunday April 7th.

The sacrament of confession will be available before and during the first part of Holy Mass

There will be refreshments available in the Sacred Heart Centre after Holy Mass.

                                       Amen, amen, I say to you, before Abraham was made, I AM.

Until 1959, the fifth Sunday of Lent was officially known in the Roman Catholic Church as Passion Sunday.  It marked the beginning of a two-week-long period known as Passiontide, which is still observed by traditional Catholics.
In 1960, Pope John XXIII's Code of Rubrics changed the name for that Sunday to "First Sunday of the Passion" bringing the name into harmony with the name that Pope Pius XII gave, five years earlier, to the sixth Sunday of Lent, "Second Sunday of the Passion or Palm Sunday".

The propers for Passion Sunday can be found by clicking here

For a discussion about the tradition of Passiontide,  the two weeks leading up to Easter,  please click here

Wednesday, 27 February 2019

Holy Mass on Quinquagesima Sunday 3rd March

Holy Mass will take place on Quinquagesima Sunday,  3rd March at Sacred Heart, Morriston at 4 p.m.

The season of Septuagesima consists of the three Sundays before Ash Wednesday and is regarded by traditional Catholics as a pre-Lent season of preparation

The sacrament of Confession will be available before and during Holy Mass, and there will be refreshments available in the Sacred Heart Centre after Mass.

All are welcome, and it will be good to see as many people as possible supporting this Mass in the Extraordinary Form.  Thanks are due to Canon Jason Jones for offering the Holy Mass in the Extraordinary Form on this and each first Sunday of the month.

The blind man receives his sight

A reminder too that Holy Mass is also offered on the Second Sunday of each month at Sandfields, Port Talbot,  at 6 p.m.  Contact details can be found on the site.

The propers for Quinquagesima Sunday can be found by clicking here 

And below is an interesting discussion about the season, which we have used before on this site,

Tuesday, 29 January 2019

Sunday 3rd February Fourth Sunday After the Epiphany

Holy Mass will be offered for the Fourth Sunday after the Epiphany at Sacred Heart R.C Church, Morriston,  Swansea on Sunday 3rd February at 4 p.m. 

What manner of man is this, for the winds and the sea obey Him?

Confessions will be available before Holy Mass and there will be tea and coffee available afterwards in the Sacred Heart Centre.

Sunday is also the commemoration of St. Blaise,  Bishop and Martyr.  The traditional blessing of throats will take place after Holy Mass on Sunday.

For a discussion of the Gospel reading for this traditional Mass and the propers themselves, please click here 

    St. Blaise

Died316 AD, Sivas, Turkey
Full nameSaint Blase
AttributesWool comb, candles, tending a choking boy or animals
Feastsfebruary 11 (eastern orthodox and greek catholic), february 3 (roman catholic)

According to the Acts, while Blaise was being taken into custody, a distraught mother, whose only child was choking on a fishbone, threw herself at his feet and implored his intercession. Touched at her grief, he offered up his prayers, and the child was cured. Consequently, Saint Blaise is invoked for protection against injuries and illnesses of the throat.
In many places on the day of his feast the blessing of St. Blaise is given: two burning candles, blessed on the feast of the Presentation of the Lord ("candlemas"), are held in a crossed position by a priest over the heads of the faithful or the people are touched on the throat with them. At the same time the following blessing is given: "May Almighty God at the intercession of St. Blaise, Bishop and Martyr, preserve you from infections of the throat and from all other afflictions". Then the priest makes the sign of the cross over the faithful.

Tuesday, 1 January 2019

Feast of the Epiphany - 6th January 2019 4 p.m. at Sacred Heart

A very happy New Year to all of our followers and we hope you have had a peaceful and blessed Christmas time.

Many thanks to all of you who came to Mass on New Year's Eve.  Special thanks go to Canon Jason and also to Andrew Butcher who came from Cwmbran to serve for us.

Holy Mass for the Feast of the Epiphany will take place on Sunday 6th January at 4pm at Sacred Heart Morriston, Swansea

All are welcome and tea and coffee will be available after the Mass,

"From this day of thy Manifestation, O divine King! begins thy separation from the Synagogue, which refuses thy love; and on this same Day, thou takest, in the person of the Magi, the Gentiles as thy Spouse. Thy union with her will soon be proclaimed from the Cross, when, turning thy face from the ungrateful Jerusalem, thou wilt stretch forth thy hands towards the nations of the Gentiles. O ineffable joy of thy Birth! but O still better joy of thine Epiphany, wherein we, the once disinherited, are permitted to approach to thee, offer thee our gifts, and see thee graciously accept them, O merciful Emmanuel!"

Excerpted from The Liturgical Year by Abbot Gueranger O.S.B.

For a discussion about the Feast of the Epiphany,  see the following link :

Feast of the Epiphany