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UK Archdiocesan Ordo: March 2013

February 28, 2013 Leave a comment

Axios! Deacon Andrew!

February 24, 2013 1 comment

On Ember Saturday, February 23rd, 2013 the Revd Andrew Scurr was ordained Deacon by His Grace the Metropolitan Archbishop Jerome Lloyd OSJV at the Brighton Oratory in Sussex, UK. Deacon Andrew will continue to serve the Sussex Mission of the Congregation of the Divine Caritas for which he was appointed to serve at his Subdiaconal ordination last year, specifically the Mission Cell of Our Lady of Walsingham and St Lewinna, Buxted. Deacon Andrew continues his Bachelor of Divinity studies with the Maryvale Institute and is expected to be priested on the feast of St Matthew, September 21st in London.

Lent Appeal: Cameroon

February 18, 2013 Leave a comment
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Pictured are Innocent Bertin and Odile Amelie joined together in holy Matrimony by His Grace Archbishop Denis-Marie Ngodobo, Metropolitan of ORCCLR Africa in the chapel of St John the Apostle (background) in the Oyom-Abang quarter of Yaoundé, Cameroon last year.

An important part of Lenten Observance is almsgiving and here we present an opportunity for those looking for a deserving apostolate to give to as part of their Lenten observance…

The Church in Cameroon continues to experience exceptional growth. More chapels like St John’s (pictured) are needed to supply the faithful of Cameroon with appropriate places fitting for the worship of almighty God and as community centres. The Church has no shortage of clergy nor faithful to fill such places! Yaoundé is the capital of Cameroon and with a population of approximately 2.5 million, the second largest city in the country after the port city of Douala.

In Cameroon, poverty is everywhere, with over 50 per cent of the population living below the poverty line, particularly women and children. Just over half of the population is under 20 years old and infant and under-five mortality rates are on the increase. Debt servicing is a significant drain on government resources. Growing defence expenditure and widespread corruption also impacts considerably on the provision of basic services such as education and health.

Cameroon, like many sub-Saharan countries, faces poverty which is made worse by the affects of the HIV/AIDS pandemic. 5% of the adult population is affected by HIV/AIDS. There were an estimated 300,000 orphans in 2007 as a result of HIV/AIDS, 27% of all orphans (Source UNICEF)

Chapels for the faithful in Cameroon would provide not just places of worship but centres for local communities, particularly in the rural areas and the socially deprived areas of the major towns and cities where the ORCCLR especially ministers. Such community centres have multiple uses as places of schooling for infants and young children, medical centres for the local population and places of social interaction. They can also be places where international aid services can be stationed and accessed.

Integrating young Cameroonians into the country’s economic life is still a challenge. The government has recently shown its readiness to strive for better integration of young people and this should produce results in the short and medium term. Nursery and Primary schools would enable young people to receive the basics in education in order to progress as adults – it would also relieve the parents to find work too to support the family. The Church would like to establish such schools with new Chapels.

The Church in Cameroon has a few Chapels and runs local schools from them but the demand is great and exceeds the expectations of what the faithful can afford to give, one third of the population live below US$1.25 per day (a 500g loaf of bread costs 0.73USD). The ORCCLR Cameroon has a Seminary in Yaoundé which houses the Metropolitan, tutors and seminarians and there is a religious women’s order, the Congregation of Mary and the Franciscan Missionaries of faithful Apostles which assist in the parish missions particularly with schooling for children. Having the basics and support structure with which to begin serious development, the future is very positive for the ORCCLR Cameroon but it is frustrated by lack of funding to provide the apostolates with a focal place of worship and service which more Chapels would provide.

IF you would like more information in order to make a contribution, please contact His Grace, Archbishop Denis-Marie Ngodobo.

Papal Resignation: Metropolitan of Europe’s response

February 14, 2013 Leave a comment

AbpLloydSelseyA1Text of the letter sent by His Grace, Archbishop Jerome Lloyd OSJV, Metropolitan of the ORCCLR in Europe, to His Holiness, Pope Benedict XVI in response to the news of his retirement from the See of Rome, sent via the Office of the Papal Nuncio to Great Britain:

BEATISSIMO PATRI, Patriarchæ Ecclesiæ Occidentalis, Primati Italiæ, Episcopo Romano, Succesori sanctorum apostolorum Petri et Pauli, sanctissimo et apostolico domino nostro, Benedicto, eius nominis sexto decimo, Hieronymus Lloyd, professus ad Oratorium Sancti Johannis Mariæ Vianney, Metropolitanus Archiepiscopus Veteris Romanæ Catholicæ Ecclesiæ Ritus Latini, Ordinarius Dioecesanus Magnæ Britanniæ, peccator, salutem plurimam dicit.

Una cum omnibus clericis fidelibusque laicis Veteris Romanæ Catholicæ Ecclesiæ Latini Ritus in Europa, tibi scribimus, significantes studium erga te non mediocre atque promittentes pro te orare, mox decessuro de Sede Sancti Petri.

Revera et vehementer speraveramus omnes nos apud Collegium Episcoporum eiusdem Ecclesiæ petere apostolicam benedictionem abs te et in spiritu veræ Christianæ caritatis ordiri dialogum quo celerius sanaremus cicatrices quibus etiam nunc dividuntur Ecclesiæ nostræ. Piget nos ac pænitet nequituros esse tecum colloqui, appelato a permultis “Pontifice Restituendæ Dicionis Christianæ,” sed reapse speramus talem dialogum instituere cum tuo successore.

Omnibus numeris nostris avemus te facere certiorem ut postquam repulsi simus ab predecessore tuo, Pio Nono anno MDCCCLIII post Christum natum, numquam cessemus offerre sanctam Missam “una cum” eo qui gerit pontificatum. Ut quidem retineamus nomen Pontificis Romani in Canoni Missæ, curavit noster predecessor, Archiepiscopus Arnoldus Harris Matthew, constituere Ecclesiam nostram sui iuris a Sede Traiecti ad Rhenum die XXIX mensis Decembris, anno MCMX. Quod omnes nostræ Missæ offerrentur tali modo pro te donec de pontificatu decedas, hoc habeto compertum.

Multum licet pati simus per fragilitatem humanam et machinationes, ut illa doctrina tradita nobis a patribus servetur et continuetur, qua pro re Ecclesa nostra constituta est, tamen semper ducimus Beatissimum Patrem Romæ prout caput nostrum. Cum lugeamus tecum Ecclesiam in Europa morientem, Fidem deflorescentem, Caritatem multorum refrigescentem (Matt 24:12), eris semper nobis exmplo pietatis ac studii apostolici quo fidelius omni ope atque opera enitamur errores hereticæ pravitatis eruncare et annuntiare omnibus denuo evangelium, “virtutem Dei in salutem omni credenti” (Rom 1:16), quo solo possumus fieri hæredes regni cælestis, “cohæredes autem Christ” (Rom 8:16).

Tametsi desiderabimus quam recte, integre, sincere, caritate Christi urgente (II Cor 5:14), morbos sæculi caduci delabentis magis in diem ad ruinam monstres, verumtamen prope pectus tenebimus illam “fidem, spem, caritatem” (I Cor 13:13) quam tam perite semper doces universalem Ecclesiam verbo exemploque, tu Vicarius Christi.

Beatissime Pater, memento precum pro te oblatarum nostrarum et, quæsumus, “ad Domini altare memineris nostri, ubiubi fueris” (Cf. Confess. August. 9.11.27); Augeas, ut precamur, scientia et caritate Dei “in longitudinem dierum” (Ps 22:6), donec “possideas paratum tibi regnum a constitutione mundi” (Matt 25:34) et “percipias immarcescibilem gloriæ coronam” (I Pet 5:4).

Ora pro nobis, beatissime papa.

Datum Brichtelmestunensis (Sussex, Angliæ), anno Incarnationis Dominicæ MMXIII Idibus Februarias.

 Translation by Maximilian Hanlon

To the Holy Father, Patriarch of the Western Church, Primate of Italy, Bishop of Rome, Successor to the holy apostles Peter and Paul, our most holy and apostolic lord, Benedict, the sixteenth of that name, Jerome Lloyd, OSJV, Metropolitan Archbishop of the old Roman Catholic Church of the Latin Rite, Diocesan Ordinary of Great Britain, and a sinner, sends the greatest greeting.

Together with all our clergy and faithful lay people, we the bishops of the Old Roman Catholic Church of the Latin Rite in Europe, write to you, showing you no small affection, and promising to pray for you who are about to retire from the See of St. Peter.

Truly and intensely all we bishops of the same Church had hoped to seek the apostolic benediction from you and in the spirit of true Christian charity to begin the dialogue by which all the more speedily we might heal the wounds by which our churches are even now divided. It pains and troubles us that we will not be able to engage with you, called by a great many “the Pontiff who would restore Christendom,” but we truly hope to establish such a dialogue with your successor.

With every part of our being, we earnestly desire to inform you that after we had been cast off by your predecessor, Pius IX in the year 1853, we never ceased to offer holy Mass “together with” the one who held the pontificate. Indeed, that we might retain the name of the Roman Pontiff in the Canon of the Mass, our predecessor, Archbishop Arnold Harris Matthew, took care to establish our Church sui iuris from the See of Utrecht on December 29, 1910. Consider it an established fact that all of our Masses will be offered in this way for you until you retire from the pontificate.

Although we have sufferred much through human weakness and machinations so that that doctrine handed down to us from the Fathers might be preserved and perpetuated, for which thing our Church was established; nevertheless, we have always considered the Holy Father in Rome as our head. Because we mourn with you that the Church in Europe is dying, that the Faith is withering, that “the Charity of many is growing cold,” (Matt 24:12) you will always serve for us as an example of godliness and apostolic zeal whereby we, all the more faithfully, with all our energies and powers, may earnestly strive to uproot the errors of heretical depravity and to announce to all afresh the Gospel, “the power of God unto salvation for all that believe,” (Rom 1:16) by which alone we can become heirs of the kingdom of heaven and “coheirs with Christ.” (Rom 8:16)

Although we will miss how rightly, accurately, and correctly, at “the urging of the love of Christ,” (II Cor 5:14) you diagnose the ills of this fallen world, sliding more day by day to ruin; nevertheless, we shall keep close to our hearts that “faith, hope, and charity,” (I Cor 13:13) which you so expertly have ever taught the universal Church by word and example, you the Vicar of Christ.

Holy Father, be mindful of our prayers offered on your behalf, and please “remember us at the altar of the Lord, wherever you happen to be.” (Cf. Confess. August. 9.11.27) May you increase, we pray, in the knowledge and love of God “for length of days,” (Ps 22:6) until you “possess the kingdom prepared for you from before the foundation of the world” (Matt 25:34) and “receive the crown of glory that passes not away” (I Pet 5:4).

Pray for us Holy Father.

Ash Wednesday witness…

February 13, 2013 Leave a comment

Ash Wednesday – an opportunity for witness

February 13, 2013 4 comments

outlineme2His Grace, the Metropolitan Archbishop, Msgr Jerome Lloyd OSJV will use Ash Wednesday as an opportunity to witness to Catholic culture and Tradition today by making himself available to  impose ashes on any passer-by who would like them at Churchill Square in Brighton during lunchtime i.e. between 12-2pm. The timing is deliberate so that workers unable to attend Mass may receive an opportunity “to be ashed” during their lunchbreak. The ashes were blessed during the live broadcast of daily Mass at 0830am from the Archbishop’s private Oratory.

“Flash mob alert”

Following the success of various similar enterprises of Catholics just “showing up” at busy commercial shopping areas for an impromptu act of witness, Msgr Lloyd invites anyone who would like to assist, to “just turn up”!  Prayer Cards will be distributed entitled “The reason for the season” explaining the meaning of Ash Wednesday and what Lent means for Christians together with the Collect from the Mass of Ash Wednesday. His Grace hopes to be joined by a few brave souls happy to share what Lent means to them with any enquirers, Christians prepared to “give an account for the hope you have in you” (cf 1 Peter 3:15) and seize this opportunity to bear witness to the Faith and heed the call for the “re-evangelisation” of Europe commended by Pope Benedict XVI. Full details are available here.

ashingWhy we receive the ashes

Following the example of the Ninevites, who did penance in sackcloth and ashes [Joel 2:12-19 the Epistle for Ash Wednesday], our foreheads are marked with ashes to humble our hearts and reminds us that life passes away on Earth. We remember this when we are told

“Remember, Man is dust, and unto dust you shall return.” Genesis 3:19

Ashes are a symbol of penance made sacramental by the blessing of the Church, and they help us develop a spirit of humility and sacrifice.

The distribution of ashes comes from a ceremony of ages past. Christians who had committed grave faults performed public penance. On Ash Wednesday, the Bishop blessed the hair shirts which they were to wear during the forty days of penance, and sprinkled over them ashes made from the palms from the previous year. Then, while the faithful recited the Seven Penitential Psalms, the penitents were turned out of the church because of their sins — just as Adam, the first man, was turned out of Paradise because of his disobedience. The penitents did not enter the church again until Maundy Thursday after having won reconciliation by the toil of forty days’ penance and sacramental absolution. Later, all Christians, whether public or secret penitents, came to receive ashes out of devotion. In earlier times, the distribution of ashes was followed by a penitential procession.

ashwediiThe Ashes

The ashes are made from the blessed palms used in the Palm Sunday celebration of the previous year. The ashes are christened with Holy Water and are scented by exposure to incense. While the ashes symbolize penance and contrition, they are also a reminder that God is gracious and merciful to those who call on Him with repentant hearts. His Divine mercy is of utmost importance during the season of Lent, and the Church calls on us to seek that mercy during the entire Lenten season with reflection, prayer and penance.

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