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CHAPLAIN’S MESSAGE: Come, O Creator Spirit!

thumbnail image Last Thursday we celebrated the Solemnity of the Ascension of the Lord. This feast celebrates the moment in which Our Lord Jesus Christ is taken up into heaven, body, soul and divinity. However, before Jesus is taken, he asks his disciples to stay in Jerusalem and promises that he will send them the Holy Spirit, the Paraclete, the Advocate, the Spirit of Truth, who will make them witnesses of all that the Lord has done and will still do in their lives. It is at this very moment, while speaking, that he is taken into heaven; and as he is taken the disciples keep staring into the sky, only to be interrupted by two men in white who announce to them that Jesus will return!

Now, why were the disciples staring into the sky? The answer may be found in the Old Testament’s Second Book of Kings, where Elijah is taken up to heaven in a whirlwind. He is the great prophet who offered the sacrifice revealing the true God and performed many miracles, which testified that the spirit of God was with him. Before he is taken, he asks his disciple Elisha to make a request. Elisha complied with a humble and holy petition: to inherit a double share of the prophet’s spirit. Elijah reckoned that the request was a difficult one, but not impossible; if Elisha sees him going up into heaven, it will be so. Elisha did see this and so did inherit the double prophetic spirit. This story was, of course, known to the apostles, and it may be the reason why they stare into the sky, truly wanting to receive the Spirit of our Lord Jesus Christ. Today we find the apostles gathered in the Cenacle together with Mary, the Mother of Our Lord. What are they doing? They are waiting for the gifts of the Holy Spirit, promised by the Lord!

Do you know how many they are? Can you name them? These gifts help us to grasp divine realities and created things in the proper order, they help us to understand what to do in particular situations, they help us to persevere, and have reverence for God and the fear of offending God out of love for him. During these days leading up to Pentecost let us pray: Come, O Creator Spirit, come...

Fr Julio Albornoz

MUSIC AT MASS THIS WEEK

thumbnail image At the Sunday 10.30am Live-stream Mass the Introit hymn will be ‘O Christ our joy, to whom is giv’n’ and the Post-communion hymn will be ‘O Bread of heaven’.
During this present time of restriction, the Ordinary of the Mass is sung to the Plainsong Missa de Angelis.

THIS WEEK'S DIARY

thumbnail image All listed services are live-streamed at churchservices.tv/westminster

Sunday 24 May SEVENTH SUNDAY OF EASTER
10.30 Mass (Sung)
16.30 Solemn Vespers and Benediction
17.00 Holy Rosary
17.30 Mass

Monday 25 May St Bede the Venerable, Priest & Doctor
9.00 Mass
12.00 Holy Hour
17.00 Holy Rosary
17.30 Mass

Tuesday 26 May St Philip Neri, Priest
9.00 Mass
12.00 Holy Hour
17.00 Holy Rosary
17.30 Mass

Wednesday 27 May ST AUGUSTINE OF CANTERBURY, Bishop
9.00 Mass
12.00 Holy Hour
17.00 Holy Rosary
17.30 Mass

Thursday 28 May Easter feria
9.00 Mass
12.00 Holy Hour
17.00 Holy Rosary
17.30 Mass

Friday 29 May Easter feria (Friday abstinence)
9.00 Mass
12.00 Holy Hour
17.00 Holy Rosary
17.30 Mass

Saturday 30 May Easter feria
9.00 Mass
12.00 Holy Hour
17.00 Holy Rosary
17.30 Mass: Vigil of Pentecost


Sunday 31 May PENTECOST
10.30 Mass (Sung)
16.30 Solemn Vespers and Benediction
17.00 Holy Rosary
17.30 Mass

CARDINAL'S PENTECOST MESSAGE

thumbnail image Cardinal Vincent has recorded a Pentecost message which can be viewed at https://vimeo.com/421046273 In it he encourages us to make a short Vigil of Prayer this coming Saturday evening, 30 May; this can be in any form which you choose. The diocesan website has suggestions, or you could join in the Cathedral’s Saturday evening 5pm live-streamed Rosary.

JUNE OREMUS

thumbnail image The June edition of Oremus, the Cathedral magazine, with the usual mix of informative quality content will be available online via the homepage of the Cathedral website at the end of the week. It will resume both as a print publication and online as soon as it becomes possible to reopen the Cathedral.

THE CATHEDRAL FRIENDS ONLINE

thumbnail image The Friends’ Facebook Page is an important source of contact and friendship at the present time for all those who love the Cathedral. They will host another online quiz on the Facebook page on Tuesday 2 June at 6.30pm with Fr Daniel as quizmaster. The quiz is free to join but please do support your Cathedral and donate on the page on the night. For details of the quiz and other online events being organised by the Friends, please visit the page: https://www.facebook.com/groups/thefriendsofwestminstercathedral/

AMERICAN FRIENDS

thumbnail image American taxpayers can receive a US income tax deduction for their contributions to support the work and heritage of the Cathedral by directing their contributions to American Friends of Westminster Cathedral, Inc., a non profit 501(c)(3) Organization (EIN # 13-2983174).

They will also enjoy special events and receive newsletters about Cathedral activities. Donations may be made through bequests and charitable trusts.

Contact Ms. Una Chang, President, American Friends of Westminster Cathedral, Inc., P.O. Box 92, New York, New York 10185-0092, e-mail UChang1@aol.com

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