Tuesday, 16 June 2009

Consecration of Chalice and Paten

On the Feast of St Anthony I celebrated the eleventh annivserary of my ordination to the Sacred Priesthood of Jesus Christ. Thanks to the the generosity of the people of St Ann's Ashton under Lyne I was able to by my ordination chalice and paten. Having started life in a Relgious Order I was not able to have a chalice and paten of my own. Now eleven years later that has been remedied. Once again I record my grateful thanks to the people of St Ann's Ashton under Lyne and assure them of a remembrance in my prayers and at the altar.
Consecration of a Chalice and Paten
Celebrant: Our help is in the name of the Lord.
All: Who made heaven and earth.
C: Let us pray, my dear brethren, that by the help of God’s grace this paten may be consecrated and hallowed for the purpose of breaking over the body of our Lord Jesus Christ, who suffered death on the cross for the salvation of us all.
C: The Lord be with you.
All: May He also be with you.
C: Let us pray.

Almighty everlasting God, who instituted the laws of sacrifice, and ordered among other things that the sprinkled wheaten flour should be carried to the altar on plates of gold and silver; be pleased to + bless, + hallow, + and consecrate this paten destined for the administration of the Eucharist of Jesus Christ, your Son, who for our salvation and that of all mankind chose to immolate Himself on the gibbet of the cross to you, God the Father, with whom He lives and reigns, forever and ever.
All: Amen.

Lord God, may you deign to + consecrate and to + hallow this paten by this anointing and our blessing, + in Christ Jesus our Lord, who lives and reigns with you forever and ever.
All: Amen.

Let us pray, my dear brethren, that our Lord and God, by His heavenly grace and inspiration, may hallow this chalice, about to be consecrated for use in His ministry, and that He may add the fullness of His divine favour to the consecration performed by us; through Christ our Lord
All: Amen.
C: The Lord be with you.
All: May He also be with you.
C: Let us pray.

O Lord our God, be pleased to bless + this chalice, made by your devout people for your holy service. Bestow that same blessing which you bestowed on the hallowed chalice of your servant, Melchisedech. And what we cannot make worthy of your altars by our craft and metals, do you nonetheless make worthy by your blessing; through Christ our Lord.
All: Amen

Lord God, may it please you to + consecrate and to + hallow this chalice by this anointing and our blessing, + in Christ Jesus our Lord, who lives and reigns with you forever and ever.
All: Amen.

C: The Lord be with you.
All: May He also be with you.
C: Let us pray.

Almighty everlasting God, we beg you to impart to our hands the virtue of your blessing, so that by our blessing + this vessel and paten may be hallowed and become, by the grace of the Holy Spirit, a new sepulchre for the body and blood of our Lord Jesus Christ; through Christ our Lord.
All: Amen.

BLessing of Lillies

On Saturday last we celebrated the feast of St. Anthony of Padua. He's the one in charge of the lost and found department in heaven!!! The lilly has long been a symbol of St. Anthony and on his feast day there is the custom of blessing lillies in his honour.


O God, Who art the Creator and Preserver of all mankind, the Lover of spotless purity, the Giver of all grace and everlasting life, sanctify by Thy holy benediction these lilies, which in thanksgiving, and in honour of St. Anthony, Thy Confessor, we present for Thy blessing.

Pour down upon them, by the sacred sign of the holy Cross, Thy heavenly dew, Thou Who didst so kindly create them to gladden man by their beauty and fragrance; enrich them with such power, that to whatsoever disease they may be applied, or in whatsoever home they may be kept, or on whatsoever person they may be borne with devotion, through the intercession of Thy servant, Anthony, they may cure every sickness, repel the attacks of Satan, preserve holy chastity, and bring peace and grace to all who serve Thee. Through Christ Our Lord. Amen.

Monday, 8 June 2009


Please keep in your prayers John Edward Lynch who was baptised at St. Marie's recently. Please also remember his parents and godparents.

Saturday, 6 June 2009


This weekend we enter a new phase of history in the life of the Church in Bury. As of this weekend the parish of St Joseph and St Marie are to be one new parish under the pastoral care of one Parish Priest, Fr. Francis Wadsworth. Do please keep the people and priest of both places in your prayers as we begin to work together

Friday, 5 June 2009


According to the 1962 Calendar is the Octave of Pentecost. As our recent visitors (The Sons of the Most Holy Redeemer - see previous post) worship according to that tradition I was able to offer Mass for them each day of their visit.

Some photos of the Mass are included in this post.


Last year whilst on our diocesan pilgrimage ot Lourdes I had the good fortune to meet some members of a religious community called the Sons of the Most Holy Redeemer. The Latin abbrevaiton for this is FSSR.

The communnity is based on the island of Papa Stronsay in the Orkneys. More about their life and work can be found by clicking here http://papastronsay.blogspot.com/index.html.

The five students of the Order are currently studying for the Sacred Priesthood in the Fraternity of St Peter Seminary in Denton, Nebraska, USA. On their way back to Papa Stronsay for the summer vaction they broke their journey with us at St. Marie's. I was delighted to be able to welcome them to out parish.

Please keep them all in your prayers as they continue their studies for the priesthood.

Br. Ivan Maria FSSR
Br. Martin Mary FSSR
Br. Jean Marie FSSR
Br. Yousef Marie FSSR
Br. Magdalena Marie FSSR

The picture in this post shows me with them in Lourdes last year.