Dominican Sisters of St Joseph, Sway

20th May

 

Dear Friends,

 

Greetings from the New Forest!

 

‘I am with you always.’

We're about to enter the great time of prayer of the Church between Ascension and Pentecost, the original 'novena', 9 days of prayer. We join the disciples gathered together with Mary Mother of the Church, and wait for the coming of the Holy Spirit. Our continuing - albeit lighter - lockdown, the new reality of life with Covid-19, and especially the still very painful physical separation from the sacraments and our Church community can be received now as an opportunity to experience the 'self-lockdown' of the Apostles and Mary in the Upper Room,. We can understand their fear, their prayer, and their total dependency on the promise of Jesus. They too had a very strange time of deep isolation, even while they were together. Jesus had gone up to the Father and the Holy Spirit hadn't yet come. All they had was the promise of the Lord: 'I am with you always.' We can feel very much like them in our own upper rooms, whether physical or spiritual - the upper rooms of our hearts.

So let's hold on to the words of Jesus our Saviour: 'I am with you always.'

 

A time of Prayer

This time is given to us by the Church to experience a fresh thirst for the Holy Spirit, and to persevere in faith, holding on to the promise of the Lord. To do this, here are a few things you may be interested in:

 

    Thy Kingdom Come - a global, ecumenical novena: Join the global wave of prayer calling all Christians to pray between Ascension and Pentecost for more people to come to know the love and peace of Jesus Christ. May 21st - May 31st 2020

    Inflamed and Empowered: Pentecost in Scripture - explore the Holy Spirit in Scripture to prepare for Pentecost with Scott Hahn, John Bergsma, and Curtis Mitch

    The God who Speaks - Discover the resources offered by the national campaign for the Year of the Word: explore Ascension and Pentecost in Art, make a Dove from Above to hang next to your NHS rainbow, and join the novena led by Bishop Peter Brignall from Wrexham diocese

    The National Rosary Rally is taking place on Pentecost Sunday. We who are in Portsmouth Diocese can join in wherever we are, at noon on that day.

 

These nine days will also be a time of prayer for the us Dominican Sisters, and we will have our annual silent retreat from Ascension to Pentecost. During that time, there will be

 

    NO WEDNESDAY WEBINAR ON THE 27th MAY (but you'll be able to listen to the podcast for Pentecost here)

    NO DAILY LECTIO DIVINA FROM ASCENSION TO PENTECOST. The daily Lectio will resume on Monday 1st June. 

 

However, you can still join us for the celebration of the Divine Office, Mass, the rosary and Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament each day.

 

Year of the Word Update

More than ever, it is time to turn to God's Word for strength and guidance in these difficult times. Our team had been planning a Year of the Word Pilgrimage to Winchester Cathedral, home of the Winchester Bible, for September 2020. This event has now been postponed to the 26-27th June 2021.  We hope we'll be able to go ahead and celebrate the gift of God's Word in Scripture in this important ecumenical event, to which you are all invited.

 

In the meantime, check our diocesan media page to celebrate the God who Speaks by listening to podcasts and joining our weekly webinar.

 

During these times of renewed reliance on the promise of the Gift of his Spirit, we pray that we may remain filled with the joy and hope of the Gospel.

 

May this joy and hope, signs of the presence of the Holy Spirit, continue to fill our hearts, confident in the victory of Christ!

 

With the assurance of my prayers, and wishing you every blessing,

Sr Hyacinthe, OP

07:00  Office of Readings and Morning Prayer

12:00  Angelus, Midday Prayer and Holy Mass

17:00  Rosary and Evening Prayer

20:15  Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament followed by Compline

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Prayer is a surge of the heart; it is a simple look turned toward heaven, it is a cry of recognition and of love, embracing both trial and joy

 

Saint Thérèse of Lisieux

The Prayer and Listening Service

 

Prayer and listening to God is a vital part of our everyday life, but sometimes it is difficult to pray when we are exhausted or in stressful situations or by ourselves. 

The diocese has created a team with experience in both praying with others and in spiritual listening, All of the volunteers are trained in this service and have been through the essential safeguarding training and other requirements.

 

We are offering a service where people fill in a short form on the diocese website requesting a phone call, of 10 - 15 minutes usually.

Additionally, we are asking key workers if they would like to give us their name and work place and we will pray for them by name each day.

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