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Celebrating Michelmass and reflecting on the Suffering Church

September 30, 2012 Leave a comment

On Saturday, the feast of the Dedication of St Michael the Archangelby gracious invitation of Bishop Damien Mead, Ordinary of the Diocese of Great Britain for the Anglican Catholic ChurchHis Grace Archbishop Jerome Lloyd OSJV accompanied by the Revd Andrew Scurr,  attended the diaconal ordination of the Revd Dr Jonathan Munn. Celebrating a significant anniversary himself as a cleric, His Grace was delighted to be able to share the day with and for his friend Dr Munn.

On Sunday, the feast of St Jerome, Confessor and Doctor of the Church, His Grace Archbishop Jerome Lloyd OSJV celebrated his “onomastico” (name day) offering Mass at the Oratory of St Cuthman & St Wilfrid, Brighton in the morning. In the evening, His Grace gave a presentation on “The Suffering Church” for an ecumenical service raising awareness of the work of the charity “Open Doors” with and for persecuted Christians, at Dorset Gardens Methodist Church in Brighton.

Remembering that his namesake had spent his last years in Bethlehem. His Grace invited the congregation to close their eyes and imagine as he described the conclusion of a Midnight Mass, whilst all were imagining the warm glow of the church and seasonal greetings being shared by the congregation a recording of a bomb blast and screams was played. His Grace then described the events of the Coptic Church bombing in Alexandria in 2011 when, following a New Year’s Eve vigil service, a car bomb exploded outside the church as the people were leaving, causing 23 fatalities and seriously injuring 96 worshipers.

Focusing on the statistics of Christian martyrdom in the 20th and 21st Centuries, the Archbishop went on to note that a staggering 45 million Christians had died for the Faith in the former century and a further 1 million since 2000AD in the first decade of the present century. Reminding the congregation of the theology of the Communion of Saints and the Church Militant as the “Body of Christ” on earth, he went on to exhort all to remember the power of prayer and to pray for the suffering parts of the whole Church of Christ.

Dr Mariz Tadros of the Institute of Development Studies at the University of Sussex, a specialist in democratisation, Islamist politics, gender, sectarianism, human security and religion and development and herself an Egyptian Coptic Christian, also spoke about the plight of Christians in the Middle East. Dr Tadros has extensive experience as a development practitioner and worked as a consultant for many international organisations including the Ford Foundation and has begun working in Brighton supporting asylum seeking Coptic and Syrian Christians. With Archbishop Lloyd, Dr Tadros hopes to establish closer cooperation and resourcing between local Churches in offering Christian hospitality to those forced to flee their homes for their Faith.

Coptic Orthodox Church declares three days of Fasting and Prayers

September 30, 2012 1 comment

OCP News Service; Cairo: The Coptic Orthodox Church of Alexandria has announced fasting and prayer 3 days in order to select the New Pope of Alexandria & Patriarch the Holy see of St. Mark

Divine Liturgy at all Churches on Sunday 30 September will prepare the faithful for the three day fasting and prayers. It will begin on Monday 1st October, continue on Tuesday 2nd October and will end on Wednesday 3rd of October 2012. The Church has requested one all to pray and fast for the complete success of the Papal elections.

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September 22, 2012 Leave a comment

The Metropolitan responds to a question from his inbox…

The Brighton Oratory

Q:“Some women who have an illicit affair and become pregnant know that to confess would blow a good marriage apart, break up a family, leaving children motherless. The danger here is the ‘Back street’ abortionist. Desperate situations call for desperate measures! 
Human nature being what it is, people WILL fall in love, WILL have sex outside of marriage. If all abortion clinics close, women WILL find these illegal operators with knitting needles at the ready. Often this results in the death of the mother and the baby or in terrible damage to the unborn child.”

A: Death for dishonesty? We know the old adage well, “two wrongs don’t make a right” and here in this scenario could this sage proverb have greater truth? Whether legal or illegal, is abortion the only solution to the problem? Is death the only answer?

We must never give in to sin and evil just because it is “easier”……

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Ad Clerum: Growth in Eastern Europe

September 20, 2012 2 comments

On the Feast of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross, Friday 14th September, His Excellency Monsignor Martin Charlesworth visited the Shrine Church of St Joseph at Medjugorje to receive into the Province of Europe the Superior and Community of the Cistercians of St Joseph led by Fra. Andrijā-Bonifacije [Andrew-John] Škulić O.Cist.SJ. The Community had been in preliminary dialogue with His Grace Archbishop Douglas Lewins of the ORCC/GB and it was felt appropriate for the Community to be received into the ORCCE. Msgr Charlesworth and Fra. Škulić O.Cist.SJ spent the entire day in prayer and conversation before Fra. Škulić’s oath of Canonical Obedience was received by Monsignor on behalf of the Metropolitan Archbishop before the Blessed Sacrament in the Shrine Church.

On Wednesday 19th September, His Excellency Monsignor +Széles Tamás of the Old Catholic Mission in Hungary, as an act of fraternal charity having received Letters Dimissorial from the Metropolitan Archbishop and having graciously acceded to His Grace’s request, ordained Fra. Škulić O.Cist.SJ as a Deacon on the Metropolitan’s behalf in the Chapel of the Holy Trinity in Budapest. Msgr Charlesworth witnessed the Ordination and celebrated the Mass of Ember. Fra. Andrew-Boniface had served in the Police in Croatia as a martial arts / defensive instructor; he is a martial arts expert. Fra. Škulić was in Germany training and teaching when he joined the Pallotines with whom he received his formation and academic qualifications in theology and philosophy. When the war of independence broke out he was recalled to Croatia. After the war he started work in sales, representing Chimay Trappist beer and an energy drink and living a semi-monastic life.

Later, Fra. Andrew-Boniface was joined by the Community’s other professed brother, Fra. John-Peter and together they acquired a former monastery, a shell after the war and have embarked on a great project of rebuilding. It is in Zadir, north of Split and south of Zagreb, a beautiful and popular coastal resort. Their vision is to eventually create a mixed religious community of monks, nuns, and oblate families dedicated to the charism of a Benedictine inspired life. The rebuilding has progressed slowly but the brothers hope to be able to begin permanent residency by April next year. Already they have a growing number of oblates and postulants and a regular worshiping community forming around the monastery church. They hope eventually to be able to offer holiday accommodation for clergy and families too, as well as a conference and retreat centre.

Metropolitan in solidarity with prolifers

September 13, 2012 Leave a comment

His Grace, Archbishop Jerome Lloyd OSJV has demonstrated solidarity with Andy Stephenson and Kathryn Sloane by attending their trial in Brighton Magistrate’s Court in a landmark case concerning freedom of expression. The pair work full time for the charity Abort67, and were arrested in June last year outside Wiston’s abortuary in Brighton, after they refused to take down a 7ft by 5ft illustrated banner. Monsignor Lloyd has frequently attended the presentations himself and was a defender of the charity’s support of the 40 Days for Life campaign in Brighton last year outside the same abortuary, defending them rigorously on Facebook and Twitter.

Mr Stephenson, 37, a father of three, has been charged with causing “harassment, alarm or distress” under the Public Order Act 1986, and with obstructing a police officer by refusing to hand over the banner. Miss Sloane, 21, faces one count of obstruction. They are both committed Christians. Abort ’67 deliberately uses graphic images showing the effect of abortion on foetuses as a public service to show what takes place in abortuaries.

Mr Stephenson, from Worthing, West Sussex, quoted in The Daily Telegraph said: “We are as passionate about free speech as we are about the abortion issue. Showing these images is absolutely crucial to our campaign. We are determined to fight it all the way. All we were doing was showing what is taking place legally inside abortion clinic every day, some of which are funded by the taxpayer.”

Abort ’67 say their use of graphic imagery is critical in shaping public opinion about the 200,000 terminations which take place in Britain each year and is rooted in the tradition of civil rights campaigning with such notables as Wilberforce and Martin Luther-King. The two campaigners are being represented by Paul Diamond, a leading human rights barrister. Andrea Williams, chief executive of the Christian Legal Centre, said: “This is an important test case for freedom of expression in our nation. Andy and Kathryn were simply displaying true images about the reality of abortion. Such images should not be suppressed from the public consciousness any more than pictures of famine or the reality of war. If we cannot face the pictures how can we conceive of endorsing the reality?”

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