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

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.