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

Thursday, 16 March 2017

Third Sunday of Lent, 19th March

An additional Mass in the Extraordinary Form will be offered this Sunday afternoon, 19th March at 3p.m. At Sacred Heart, Morriston.

We thank Father Jason Jones for offering this Mass.

All are welcome.  tea and coffee will be served in the Parish Centre after Holy Mass.

Saturday, 4 March 2017

First Sunday of Lent, 5th March

A reminder that Holy Mass will take place this Sunday, 3pm at Sacred Heart, Morriston.

All are welcome.

There will be refreshments available in the Centre after Mass.


Saturday, 25 February 2017

Ash Wednesday 1st March 2017

Holy Mass in the extraordinary form will be offered on Ash Wednesday at Sacred Heart, Morriston, Swansea, at 6 p.m.







A useful introduction to the Season of Lent can be found at the following site  

http://maternalheart.org/lent.html

Traditional Prayers for Lent


A number of traditional prayers and devotions associated with the Traditional Mass and liturgy can be found on the following site.

http://www.salvemariaregina.info/Prayers/Lenten.html



 Stabat Mater -  Pergolesi

           





Prayer:
At the cross her station keeping,
Stood the mournful Mother weeping,
Close to Jesus to the last. 

Through her heart, His sorrow sharing,
All His bitter anguish bearing,
Now at length the sword had pass'd. 

Oh, how sad and sore distress'd
Was that Mother highly blest
Of the sole-begotten One! 

Christ above in torment hangs;
She beneath beholds the pangs
Of her dying glorious Son. 

Is there one who would not weep,
Whelm'd in miseries so deep
Christ's dear Mother to behold? 

Can the human heart refrain
From partaking in her pain,
In that Mother's pain untold? 

Bruis'd, derided, curs'd, defil'd,
She beheld her tender child
All with bloody scourges rent. 

For the sins of His own nation,
Saw Him hang in desolation,
Till His spirit forth He sent. 

O thou Mother! fount of love!
Touch my spirit from above;
Make my heart with thine accord. 

Make me feel as thou hast felt;
Make my soul to glow and melt
With the love of Christ our Lord. 

Holy Mother! pierce me through;
In my heart each wound renew
Of my Saviour crucified. 

Let me share with thee His pain,
Who for all my sins was slain,
Who for me in torments died. 

Let me mingle tears with thee,
Mourning Him who mourn'd for me,
All the days that I may live. 

By the cross with thee to stay,
There with thee to weep and pray,
Is all I ask of thee to give. 

Virgin of all virgins best,
Listen to my fond request
Let me share thy grief divine. 

Let me, to my latest breath,
In my body bear the death
Of that dying Son of thine. 

Wounded with His every wound,
Steep my soul till it hath swoon'd
In His very blood away. 

Be to me, O Virgin, nigh,
Lest in flames I burn and die,
In His awful Judgment day. 

Christ, when Thou shalt call me hence,
Be Thy Mother my defence,
Be Thy cross my victory. 

While my body here decays,
May my soul Thy goodness praise,
Safe in Paradise with Thee. 


















Thursday, 16 February 2017

Holy Mass on Sexagesima Sunday (19th February) at 3 p.m.





Holy Mass will be offered this Sunday 19th February, Sexagesima Sunday, at 3 p.m. at Sacred Heart,Morriston, by kind offer of Father Jason Jones.

There will be an opportunity for refreshments in the Sacred Heart Centre after Mass. 

The season of Septuaagesima is not specifically mentioned in the new calendar.  It refers to the three Sundays before Ash Wednesday, and is a kind of pre-Lent which gives us the opportunity to prepare for Lent itself.

Here is a commentary for the season from the traditional  parish of the Maternal Heart in Australia, which we often refer to on this site.

SEPTUAGESIMA

Three weeks prior to Ash Wednesday, on the day before Septuagesima Sunday, a touching ceremony is held. A choir assembles, chants the divine office and, afterwards, sings a bittersweet hymn bidding farewell to the word "Alleluia"
We do not now deserve
To sing the Alleluia forever;
Guilt forces us
To dismiss you, O Alleluia.
For the time approaches in which
We must weep for our sins.
That ceremony, known as the Depositio of the Alleluia, ushers in the season of Septuagesima,  the roughly seventy days prior to Easter that help us make the transition from the joy of Epiphany to the penitence of Lent. 
So important was Lent to both Eastern and Western Christians that they actually had a separate season to prepare for it. Thus, the day after Septuagesima Sunday, they would begin a period of voluntary fasting that would grow more severe as it approached the full and obligatory fast of Lent. The amount of food would be reduced, and the consumption of certain items, such as butter, milk, eggs, and cheese, would gradually be abandoned. Starting on the Thursday before Ash Wednesday, this self-imposed asceticism would culminate in abstinence from meat. Thus the name for this seven-day period before Ash Wednesday, is "Carnival," from the Latin carne levarium, meaning "removal of meat." Finally, within the week of Carnival, the last three days (the three days prior to Lent) would be reserved for going to confession This period was known as  "Shrovetide," from the old English word "to shrive," or to have one's sins forgiven through absolution.


Friday, 3 February 2017

Fifth Sunday after the Epiphany

A reminder that Holy Mass will be offered at 3pm this Sunday at Sacred Heart Church, Morriston.

Refreshments available in the Parish Centre after the Mass.

All are welcome.




Wednesday, 18 January 2017

Holy Mass on Sunday 22nd January 3pm. Sacred Heart

I am pleased to be able to advertise an extra Mass which will take place this Sunday 22nd January at Sacred Heart, Morriston,  at 3pm. 

Many thanks to Fr. Jason Jones for offering this Mass.

From time to time , additional Mass times may be advertised, so please keep an eye on the website and the emails if you are subscribed,  we will try to give as much notice as possible.  To subscribe to the site and receive regular email updates, please follow the link on the front page.
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There will be e opportunity for refreshments after Mass in the Parish Centre.

Friday, 30 December 2016

Octave of the Nativity and the Circumcision of Our Lord

The Octave day of the Nativity and the Circumcision of Our Lord takes place this Sunday.

A Missa Cantata will take place on Sunday , 1st January at Sacred Heart Morriston, at 3 p.m.

The Newcastle Emlyn school will be singing, and the music will include the following.

Asperges
Common of the Mass - Mass II (Kyrie Fons Bonitatis)
Propers of the Mass - Plainchant/ C. Rossini
Hymns,   Adeste Fidelis, Jesu Redemptor Omnium
Marian Anthem.   Alma Redemptoris Mater

In addition a plenary indulgence can be obtained under the traditional conditions, plus the singing of Veni Creator Spiritus.  Adoration of the Bambino will also take place after Holy Mass.

Please join us on this joyful occasion during the Christmas season.  There will be an opportunity for refreshments in the Sacred Heart Centre after Holy Mass.

May we take this opportunity to wish you a Happy and Holy New Year and thank you for your continued support of the Holy Mass in the Extraordinary Form within the Menevia Diocese.






A traditional  prayer for New Year

O sacred and adorable Trinity, hear our prayers on behalf of our holy Father the Pope, our Bishops, our clergy, and for all that are in authority over us. Bless, we beseech Thee, during the coming year, the whole Catholic Church; convert heretics and unbelievers; soften the hearts of sinners so that they may return to Thy friendship; give prosperity to our country and peace among the nations of the world; pour down Thy blessings upon our friends, relatives, and acquaintances, and upon our enemies, if we have any; assist the poor and the sick; have pity on the souls of those whom this year has taken from us; and do Thou be merciful to those who during the coming year will be summoned before Thy judgment seat. May all our actions be preceded by Thy inspirations and carried on by Thy assistance, so that all our prayers and works, having been begun in Thee, may likewise be ended through Thee. Amen.