This week: Lord, teach us to pray; An Our Lady of Walsingham of our own; Pilgrimage; Poetry by Richard Wilbur; the Assumption; Humanae vitae; More! 
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This Sunday is the Sixth Sunday after Trinity. In the Divine Worship Sunday Missal, the Propers may be found on page 1039, and the readings on page 970, or click here to read the Lessons online.

"And he said to them, 'When you pray, say: Father, hallowed be your name.  Your kingdom come.  Give us each day our daily bread; and forgive us our sins, for we ourselves forgive every one who is indebted to us; and lead us not into temptation.'"

The Collect for this Sunday: O GOD, who hast prepared for them that love thee such good things as pass man’s understanding: pour into our hearts such love toward thee; that we, loving thee in all things and above all things, may obtain thy promises, which exceed all that we can desire; through Jesus Christ thy Son our Lord, who liveth and reigneth with thee, in the unity of the Holy Ghost, ever one God, world without end.   Amen.

Sunday Mass at 11.00AM
St Mary of the Annunciation Catholic Church, 89 Hasell Street


Dear Friends,

All of you will know (and I hope you know in your own life of prayer) the central place Our Lady of Walsingham holds in the devotional life of the Ordinariates - as our patroness, intercessor, and the preeminent sign of those particular (some might say peculiar) strands of medieval English Christianity so densely and beautifully woven into the fabric of our patrimony.

God willing, some of you will travel as pilgrims to Walsingham next year (see below!), but of course the original Holy House shrine there was destroyed at the order of Henry VIII and his commissioners. There are lately rumors that the wooden image of Our Lady which was the focal point of devotions there may, though damaged, survive (I doubt it, but it's interesting nonetheless). The original image was carved in 
Oberammergau, Germany. When the great renaissance humanist Desiderius Erasmus visited the shrine in 1513, he described it as appearing as "an abode of the saints," and that "Our Lady stands in the dark at the right side of the altar ... a little image, remarkable neither for its size, material or workmanship."

Well, perhaps so, and de gustibus non est disputandum and all that, but that image was deeply loved, which leads to the more important point: "the honor rendered to an image passes to its prototype." Whatever Erasmus' opinion of the technical artistic merit of that image, it was sanctified and made beautiful by the veneration and prayer of the faithful (including Erasmus, kings and queens and countless pilgrims), who loved the Mother of God, and prayed and strove with hope that "by imitating thy most holy manners, we also, by the grace of the Holy Ghost, may deserve spiritually to conceive the Lord Jesus in our inmost soul."

All of which is to say that Corpus Christi is commissioning an image of Our Lady of Walsingham for our own devotion. ALBL Oberammergau, which has been producing carved wooden sacred images in the Bavarian Alps since 1556, will produce our image, hand-carved and polychromed (we may say indeed remarkable in its materials and workmanship!), approximately 30 inches tall, and suitable for a small shrine in the church and to be carried in procession. Below is an image of a similar statue of Our Lady of Walsingham ALBL produced for the Ordinariate community in Cardiff, Wales.

The cost of this work will be about $4,000, and I invite you to be a part of this project by contributing to a special fund we have created to pay for our statue. Checks may be placed in the alms basin at Sunday Mass with "Walsingham" in the memo line, or you may give online from our donations page, choosing "Our Lady of Walsingham Statue" from the fund menu.

The presence of this image of Our Lady will be a great and lasting gift to our parish and our common life of prayer and praise, and all to the end that we too might "spiritually conceive the Lord Jesus in our inmost soul".

God reward you for your generosity!
God bless you,

Fr. Allen
A statue of Our Lady of Walsingham produced by ALBL Oberammergau for an Ordinariate community in Wales. Click on the image to contribute to our own Our Lady of Walsingham fund!
O alone of all women, Mother and Virgin, Mother most happy, Virgin most pure, now we sinful as we are, come to see thee who are all pure, we salute thee, we honour thee as how we may with our humble offerings; may thy Son grant us, that imitating thy most holy manners, we also, by the grace of the Holy Ghost may deserve spiritually to conceive the Lord Jesus in our inmost soul, and once conceived never to lose him. Amen.
An Ordinariate Pilgimage
May 3rd to 14th, 2020
Join the Ordinariate of the Chair of Saint Peter Pilgrimage in honor of the 10th Anniversary of Anglicanorum Coetibus! Led by Most Rev. Steven J. Lopes and Ordinariate Clergy, pilgrims will travel to London, Oxford, Cambridge, Walsingham, Norwich and Rome.
If you anticipate participating in the pilgrimage, please let Fr. Allen know.

¶   Poem: "Two Voices in a Meadow"
Richard Wilbur (1921-2017)



Anonymous as cherubs
Over the crib of God,
White seeds are floating
Out of my burst pod.
What power had I
Before I learned to yield?
Shatter me, great wind:
I shall possess the field.



As casual as cow-dung
Under the crib of God,
I lie where chance would have me,
Up to the ears in sod.
Why should I move? To move
Befits a light desire.
The sill of Heaven would founder
Did such as I aspire.

July 25th is the 51st anniversary of Pope Saint Paul VI’s encyclical, Humanae Vitae. We ask his intercession today for all married couples, that they may discover and live the joy and beauty of God’s plan for married love and responsible parenthood. Pope Saint Paul VI, pray for us!

Learn more about Humanae Vitae here:

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Mary is taken up into heaven:
the angels rejoice and glorfify the Lord. Alleluia.

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