As we move into the month of May, this is traditionally the month when Christians from across the world give thanks to God for our Holy Mother, Mary.
At All Saints’, we have a particular place in our hearts for Mary. We are very blessed to have the Lily Crucifix wall painting in the Blessed Sacrament chapel, depicting Christ crucified on a lily; and you can read more about our lily crucifix by clicking this link.
The symbolism of the lily crucifix is based on the belief that the Annunciation of Christ occurred on the same day of the year, 25th March, as the crucifixion, thereby linking the birth and death of Christ inextricably with his mother Mary and her part in God’s purposes.
At All Saints’ we also have an altar dedicated to Our Lady of Walsingham, where, every month until the recent (temporary) closure of our building, our cell of Our Lady of Walsingham would meet to say the rosary and to pray through the various prayer requests which had been left on the altar by visitors to the church.
Although we cannot come together to pray as we used to, if you have any prayer requests please let me know. Every day I join the Shrine of Our Lady at Walsingham for live-streamed Shrine prayers to pray for those from our churches with whom I have spoken that day, or include particular intentions which people have told me about.
We are also fortunate that the Chaplain General of the Society of Mary has supplied resources for us. These can be downloaded and printed from this website as a booklet for you to use at home. In this way, we can have Mary at our side during the month of May.
As it says in the introduction to the booklet, “Our Lady knew very well so much of what we are now experiencing and still trusted God would bring good out of evil. She supports us with her prayers; she renews our faith in God’s love and care; she shares our anxiety and our sorrows”.
We may also choose to pray the rosary more this month, or even to start saying it for the first time. Again, on this website, you will find instructions for how to do this.
The theme of this Sunday’s worship is Jesus the Good Shepherd. The gospel reading, John 10:1-10 is available on the website, together with the reflection on the Gospel, which this week has been written by Jenny Hopkins-Holder, Reader at St Alban’s, Ventnor.
With my love and prayers, Dcn Corinne
A Homily by Jenny Hopkins-Holder4th-Sunday-of-Easter-Homily
As May is the month when the Church pays particular devotion to Our Lady, you may find the following leaflet and booklet supplied by the Society of Mary containing prayers useful at home. Click/Tap each to access.