Day By Day


JOURNAL POSTINGS Wednesday 19 September 2018, Feria in Ordinary Time. It is also the Optional Memoria of the seventh century S Theodore, the seventh Archbishop of Canterbury and the first to be Archbishop of the entire English Church. It is said of him that his greatest achievement, amid much turmoil, was to adapt the Roman ideal of the Church to the uniquely English conditions. S Bede the Venerable said of him: 'Theodore arrived at his church the second year after his consecration, on Sunday, the 27th of May, and held the same twenty-one years, three months, and twenty-six days. Soon after, he visited all the island, wherever the tribes of the Angles inhabited, for he was willingly entertained and heard by all persons; and everywhere attended and assisted by Hadrian, he taught the right rule of life, and the canonical custom of celebrating Easter. It was the first archbishop whom all the English church obeyed. And forasmuch as both of them were, as has been said before, well read both in sacred and in secular literature, they gathered a crowd of disciples, and there daily flowed from them rivers of knowledge to water the hearts of their hearers; and, together with the books of holy writ, they also taught them the arts of ecclesiastical poetry, astronomy, and arithmetic'. May we truly build on the spiritual foundations which they laid in this country, and may God bless you this day.

Tuesday 18 September 2018, Feria in Ordinary Time. 'For just as the body is one and has many members, and all the members of the body, though many, are one body, so it is with Christ. For by one Spirit we were all baptised into one body-Jews or Greeks, slaves or free-and all were made to drink of one Spirit'. These words are from our New Testament Mass reading today. This oneness is described thus in the ancient text, the Didache: 'Now concerning the Thanksgiving (Eucharist), thus give thanks. First, concerning the cup: We thank you, our Father, for the holy vine of David Your servant, which You made known to us through Jesus Your Servant; to You be the glory forever. And concerning the broken bread: We thank You, our Father, for the life and knowledge which You made known to us through Jesus Your Servant; to You be the glory forever. Even as this broken bread was scattered over the hills, and was gathered together and became one, so let Your Church be gathered together from the ends of the earth into Your kingdom; for Yours is the glory and the power through Jesus Christ forever'. May God bless you this day, and draw you into complete unity with Him, in the bond of peace.


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