Today Father Martin presided at the Solemn Parish Mass and preached.Father Mervyn was at S. Paul’s, Goodmayes who are in an interregnum. Ann led us in our Intercessions. In his sermon Father Martin talked about how we all dream of being someone else or looking different and gave as an example “Essex Girl” with her fake tan. He reminded those who were participants in our recent pilgrimage how a Nun had mistaken Father Mervyn for a Bishop. In the Old Testament we hear how Moses came down from the mountain with his face radiant, a temporary transfiguration. Jesus in his Transfiguration we heard about in today’s Gospel was revealed in his full glory to three of the Apostles. That revelation meant that they became more receptive to his teachings – to his words. We need to be too, especially the words he spoke and which are repeated by the priest in the Eucharistic Prayers. This Lent we must concentrate on Jesus words and listen attentively to the Liturgy. It is only too easy to let their familiarity cause inattention.
Yesterday’s Saturday Shop raised £174
SOLEMN MASS with the blessing and imposition of ashes 7.30 p.m.