Newsletter 25 November & 2 December 2018
RED WEDNESDAY, NATIONAL YOUTH SUNDAY
AND FEAST OF CHRIST THE KING
We end the Church's liturgical year with three important themes.
FEAST OF CHRIST THE KING
The feast of Christ the King, patronal feast of our shared church in Broadfield, marks the final Sunday of the Church's year - next Sunday is the first Sunday of Advent and the beginning of Year C.
Why should we celebrate Christ as King, especially in an age when republics often seem more popular than monarchies?
When the feast was inaugurated by Pope Pius XI in 1925, he wanted to emphasise three blessings:
- Christ's Kingdom on earth, the Church, would stand up for freedom and immunity from the power of the state;
- Not only individuals but also rulers and princes are bound to give public honour and obedience to Christ; and
- The people of God, meditating on these truths, will gain strength and courage to form their lives in the true image of Christ.Christ declared that his Kingship was not of this world - he was a servant king - prepared to give his life for his people - that we, his people might have life! What an example to follow!
This is Action for the Church in Need's (ACN) day to draw attention to Christians throughout the world suffering persecution through oppression and extreme poverty and to support them in whatever ways we can - there is a second collection today for this cause. On Wednesday 28 November our Friary 11am Mass will be offered for all those who have suffered or died through injustice. Fr Chris will wear red vestments and we would invite parishioners to wear red clothing as well! Red, the colour of martyrs, is also a royal colour and fits in well with the feast of Christ the King.
NATIONAL YOUTH SUNDAY
This Sunday, in celebrating all our young people, we can look at our lives and see ourselves and others as God does, as truly loved, valued, and significant, no matter what is going on in our lives. We want young people to know that they are works of art, masterpieces, lovingly created by a God who knows them and wants to be close to them. Christ the King loves each and every one of us and wants us to love him too!