Parish Information and Liturgical Reflection

Parish Information

Our Parish is St Matthew’s Parish (Rosewell, Bonnyrigg and Gorebridge)

Father Allan Ocdenaria is our Parish Priest

Weekend Mass Times are as follows:

Saturday Vigil Mass: 6pm, St. Matthew’s Church, Rosewell

Sunday: 9am, St. Margaret’s Church, Gorebridge

Sunday 10am: Our Lady of Consolation, Bonnyrigg

Sunday 11:30am: St. Matthew’s Church, Rosewell

For more info re weekday Masses/Confession please click the link below to find this information on the Parish Website. You can also see info on Parish News and Events on their Facebook page.

https://m.facebook.com/stmatthewsparishrosewell/

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Sacraments at St. Andrew’s RC Primary School

Congratulations to our Primary 4 and 7 pupils who made their Sacrament of First Holy Communion and Sacrament of Confirmation at the end of May. Please keep them in your prayers as they continue to move through their faith journey.

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Archbishop announces launch of 40 hour’s Devotion

Archbishop Cushley is to relaunch the “simple and beautiful tradition” of 40 hours’ Devotion this Advent.

It will see each parish in the Archdiocese have 40 hours of exposition of the Blessed Sacrament so people can come together to pray in silence before the Lord.

In a pastoral letter (read out in all churches on Sunday 6 June), he said the launch was “to foster a rediscovery of the great gift of Christ’s abiding presence in the Eucharist,” particularly after a time when churches were closed due to the pandemic.

For more info please click the link below:

https://archedinburgh.org/watch-archbishop-announces-launch-of-40-hours-devotion/

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Sunday Gospel and Reflection

Sunday, 6th June 2021 – The Solemnity of the Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ – Corpus Christi – Year B

This is the Gospel according to Mark.

On the first day of the Feast of Unleavened Bread, when they sacrificed the Passover lamb, Jesus’ disciples said to him, “Where do you want us to go
and prepare for you to eat the Passover?”

He sent two of his disciples and said to them, “Go into the city and a man will meet you, carrying a jar of water. Follow him.

Wherever he enters, say to the master of the house, ‘The Teacher says, “Where is my guest room where I may eat the Passover with my disciples?”‘

Then he will show you a large upper room furnished and ready. Make the preparations for us there.”

The disciples then went off, entered the city, and found it just as he had told them; and they prepared the Passover.

While they were eating, he took bread, said the blessing, broke it, gave it to them, and said, “Take it; this is my body.”

Then he took a cup, gave thanks, and gave it to them, and they all drank from it.

He said to them, “This is my blood of the covenant, which will be shed for many.

Amen, I say to you, I shall not drink again the fruit of the vine until the day when I drink it new in the kingdom of God.”

Then, after singing a hymn, they went out to the Mount of Olives.

Reflection

In today’s Gospel we hear Jesus promise that He will give us special food and drink.

When did He keep this promise? He made this promise at the Last Supper when He said, ‘This is my body; take, eat…’ and ‘This is my Blood; take, drink…’.

When does Jesus give Himself for the life of the world? He gives Himself on the cross.

What is special about this bread and wine? In giving us these, Jesus gives us His very self.

When does Jesus give Himself to us to be in our food? He gives Himself to us in the Eucharist.

The Eucharist is everything. It’s all things, the fullness of life, eternal salvation, mercy, grace, happiness, etc. Why is the Eucharist all this and so much more? Simply put, the Eucharist IS God. Therefore, the Eucharist is all that God is.

When we worship before the Eucharist, we worship God Himself hidden under the appearance of bread and wine. Our senses are deceived. What we see, taste and feel do not reveal the reality before us. The Eucharist is God.

We are taught reverence for the Eucharist. But “reverence” is not enough. Most of us reverence the Eucharist, meaning, we genuflect, kneel, and treat the Sacred Host with respect. But it’s important to ponder a question in your heart.

Do you believe the Eucharist is God Almighty, the Saviour of the world, the second Person of the Most Holy Trinity? Do you believe deeply enough to have your heart moved with love and profound devotion every time you are before our divine Lord present before us under the veil of the Eucharist? When you kneel do you fall down prostrate in your heart, loving God with your whole being?

Perhaps this sounds like it’s a bit excessive. Perhaps simple reverence and respect is enough for you. But it’s not. Since the Eucharist is God Almighty, we must see Him there with the eyes of faith in our soul. We must profoundly adore Him as the angels do in Heaven. We must cry out, “Holy, Holy, Holy is the Lord God Almighty.” We must be moved to the deepest of worship as we enter into His divine presence.

Ponder the depth of your faith in the Eucharist today and strive to renew it, worshiping God as one who believes with your whole being.

Gospel and Reflection taken from ‘Welcome, the word: Celebrating the Liturgy of the Word with Children’, Brown, J. and:

https://catholicreadings.org/corpus-christi-solemnity-of-the-body-and-blood-of-christ/