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Pentecost & London 2017

June 5, 2017 Leave a comment

Metropolitan Jerome of Selsey during his broadcast homily for Pentecost Sunday referred to the news of the terrorist attacks in London on Saturday 3/6/17, resulting in the tragic deaths of seven people and seriously injuring another forty-eight, including Emergency Service personnel and Police.

His Grace began with a reflection concerning the fulfilment of the promise of the Holy Spirit to the Church and its enabling power upon the Apostles. He made reference to an allegory of the Tower of Babel and the event of Pentecost in Jerusalem, where once God had confounded humanity by the curse of language, how He then enabled the Apostles to preach the Gospel through the “gift of tongues” i.e. in the languages then spoken in Jerusalem as referred to in today’s Epistle from Acts, resulting in the conversion by St Peter’s preaching of 3’000 people!

Revisiting a favourite Johannine theme, heavenly citizenship, Metropolitan Jerome reminded the faithful that,

“…our eternal life, remember, has already begun from the moment of our baptism, so that whatever happens in this life, we are assured by the promises of Christ and our own fidelity, that salvation which will ensure that we receive, light, joy and peace for evermore in love and in union with God.”

Having established that confidence which the faithful should have by virtue of their heavenly citizenship, he then went on to admonish them to be receptive to the transforming power of the Holy Spirit, particularly for our own time…

“But the time is now for us ourselves too, to be inspired by the Holy spirit to spread the Gospel and enable others to know the peace, love and light of Christ, particularly as our world becomes ever darker by this false religiosity of hatred that is threatening our communities, threatening our way of life, threatening our very being. We should not be afraid my brothers and sisters either, to speak the truth again, to allow the Holy Spirit to enable us to have the strength and the confidence to name that false religiosity which is Islamism.”

Metropolitan Jerome continued urging the faithful to be empowered and enabled by the Holy Spirit to respond to the present crises affecting families and communities globally, i.e. Islamism*, by preaching and living the Gospel.

How many more of our brothers and sisters in the faith must be persecuted and martyred before the Church speaks with one voice? Not just to bemoan and bewail the atrocities, but to speak for the Truth and give the solution, which is the Gospel, which is the good news of redemption, of repentance and forgiveness and of being embraced by the love of God and embracing each other with that true love, with that self-sacrificial love, of that love in service, of that love that seeks the good truly of the other, without thought for oneself. Its time my brothers and sisters, for the Church, particularly in the West, and particularly in this country, to wake up! To be truly prophetic, rather than pathetic. To speak the Gospel, to speak the Gospel Truth, and with confidence.

The homily recorded at The Brighton Oratory, June 4th, 2017 is available to view in full here beginning at 12:39.

*N.B. it should be appreciated that “Islamism” should not be confused with “Islam” according to the peaceful practice of the majority of religious adherents. Islamism is a concept whose meaning has been debated in both public and academic contexts. The term can refer to diverse forms of social and political activism advocating that public and political life should be guided by Islamic principles, or more specifically to movements which call for full implementation of sharia. It is commonly used interchangeably with the terms political Islam or Islamic fundamentalism.

Manchester Arena 2017

May 23, 2017 Leave a comment

Metropolitan Jerome of Selsey’s statement concerning the awful tragedy of the suicide bomber at the Manchester Arena, UK, yesterday evening:

After the confusion of last evening, the nation has awoken this morning to the awful clarification of an horrific event, a suicide bomb attack at Manchester Arena, as young adults and children were exiting the venue after a pop concert. The thoughts and prayers of our faithful should of course be for those families and friends affected by the tragedy of such a needless loss of young life and potential at the hands of a tortured individual clearly motivated by intolerance, hatred and bitter sadness. 

“If one member suffers, all suffer together” (1 Corinthians 12:26) as local churches and congregations respond to the suffering and grief of those affected, and as the nation grieves and offers consolation, let us Christians, wherever we may be, strive together to bear witness to the Prince of Peace (Isaiah 9:6) and Light of the world (John 8:12), Our Lord Jesus Christ. May we in the sharing of suffering and compassion, testify to the hope that is in us (1 Peter 3:15), demonstrate and share that hope with others, that hearts might yet be comforted and brought to share in the knowledge of that only true love which conquers hate, the love of God.

Sadly this tragedy speaks to a darkness many are frightened to recognise but which is yet consuming our world unabated, despite its horrendous crimes against humanity. Islamism. Our brothers and sisters in Christ in the Middle East and Africa have already borne brave witness and great suffering to this threat which yet would destroy the peace and stability we currently enjoy in the West. Let us not be afraid to call out that false religious fervour that destroys faith in God and in neighbour and by our witness to Jesus Christ, show to all “the way, the truth and the life” (John 14:6) that will bring true peace to all. Oremus pro invicem.

Given at The Brighton Oratory, May 23, 2017.

A message for Christmas 2016

December 23, 2016 Leave a comment

abplloydselseya1The Metropolitan of Europe’s Christmas message for 2016 is published ahead of the celebration of the commemoration of the Nativity of Our Lord Jesus Christ this coming Sunday. In his message, Metropolitan Jerome OSJV, Archbishop of Selsey, reflected on the meaning of the Incarnation as a practical reality in the lives of those seeking to realise the theological virtues of faith, hope and charity. His Grace referred to the many hundreds of volunteers who will be hosting and serving Christmas Day lunches “to the poor, the disadvantaged and the unwanted of society” expressing the significance of the Incarnation i.e. “the manifestation of God’s love in Christ Jesus” by their service “giving of their time and energy”.

Referring to a “host of cherubic volunteers” – a nod to the Cherubs Kitchen apostolate he founded in 2013 – Metropolitan Jerome made mention of his own efforts to provide hospitality to one hundred of the homeless of the city of Brighton & Hove on Christmas Day in conjunction with the Brighton Corps of the Salvation Army; His Grace will be the chef! Inspired by “The Hub” homeless drop-in with which he partnered The Brighton Oratory with the Salvation Army for over six years, the Cherubs Kitchen apostolate operates commercial franchise kitchens“not for profit” fundraising to support local homeless projects and provide NVQ catering apprenticeships and work experience/rehabilitation placements.

The central message of the broadcast however, emphasised the possible universal application of the meaning of Christmas, i.e. the Incarnation of God’s love in Christ, through following the command of Our Lord “to love one another” cf John 13:34-35. His Grace suggested that was the simplest way to interpret the meaning of Christmas and to “receive faith, be inspired by hope and by experience in the sharing of both, God’s love toward us and toward each other”. His Grace concluded the broadcast by imparting his apostolic blessing to all viewers.

The film was recorded in the main kitchen of the Cherub’s apostolate and the music composed by Kevin Macleod is titled “Everlasting Hope”.

Metropolitan’s response to the murder of Abbé Jacques Hamel

July 27, 2016 Leave a comment

HE Metropolitan Jerome OSJV of Selsey issues a Pastoral Letter on the feast of St Pantaleon, Martyr in response to the murder by ISIS terrorists of Abbé Jacques Hamel, an 84 year old priest during Mass…

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Advent Pastoral Letter 2015

November 30, 2015 Leave a comment

His Grace, Metropolitan Jerome OSJV has issued a Pastoral Letter for Advent to the faithful of the Province of Europe. The letter is a spiritual reflection on the holy season and the observance of it, focusing particularly on the anticipatory and preparatory nature of the season with a view not just to the commemoration of the Nativity but of our own expectation of heaven and the Second Coming of Our Lord Jesus Christ.

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Chapter of the bishopric of Selsey

October 23, 2015 Leave a comment

Metropolitan Jerome preaches during Solemn Mass on the Octave Day of St Wilfrid, founder and heavenly patron of the bishopric of Selsey

Lynmouth, UK: Between Sunday 18th October to Thursday 22nd October, clergy of the bishopric of Selsey joined their Ordinary, Metropolitan Jerome OSJV in Chapter. Accommodation was provided courtesy of Canon Emilio Tundidor-Suarez OSJV at The Rock House hotel and by gracious permission of the Anglican Bishop of Exeter, the daily round of liturgical Offices, private Masses and Conventual Solemn Mass took place in the parish church of St John the Baptist, Lynmouth. During the week, the clergy enjoyed addresses and facilitated discussions concerning the pastoral application of the priestly life by Fr Christopher Buckley CMP.

The Chapter enabled clergy from all over England to come together in prayer and in fellowship and provided the opportunity for both personal interviews with the Metropolitan as well as the more formal consultative process of a Chapter with His Grace. Resulting from the discussions of the formal Chapter itself, the Metropolitan acceded to a petition seeking permission to offer liturgically the Sarum Use for Mass and the development of closer working relationships in mission with other Christian denominations sympathetic to the faith and ethos of the Old Roman Catholic Church. A report was also received from the Chicago Synod courtesy of Metropolitan William and shared with the Chapter.

All who attended very much appreciated the opportunity to gather in such a beautiful location as the small seaside harbour village of Lynmouth and the comfortable surroundings of The Rock House hotel and the very great privilege of worshiping in St John’s church. A vote of thanks was made by Chapter for the facilitation and company of Fr Buckley, the hospitality of Canon Tundidor-Suarez and the generosity of the Bishop of Exeter and the people and parish of Lynmouth in the use of their church.

capelyffinReturning to the north of England, Frs Charlesworth and Buckley with Metropolitan Jerome visited the shrine of Our Lady of Capel y Ffin courtesy of Fr Richard Williams of Haye-on-Wye and prayers of thanksgiving were offered there for the success of the Chapter and the safe journeying home of all Chapter attendants.

Metropolitan speaks at House of Lords

October 14, 2015 Leave a comment

HOL meeting roomLondon, UK: His grace, Metropolitan Jerome OSJV of Europe was a keynote speaker and member of the “expert panel” at the House of Lords in a debate entitled “Refugees and Migrants – morals and dilemmas” hosted by Baron John, the Lord Laird of Artigarvan. The other keynote speakers were Councillor Christopher Precious, the Mayor of Dover and Jeremy Savill, retired Commander of the Metropolitan Police. Approximately seventy people attended the debate including MP’s, academics and Fellows of the Royal Society of Arts and members of the Foundation for International Collaboration, as well as members of the general public including some of the faithful from the Brighton mission. His grace visited Westminster Abbey and the Shrine of St Edward the Confessor prior to arriving at the Houses of Parliament and was honoured to share in the Shrine Prayers on the Confessor’s feast day in the Abbey.

The Shrine of St Edward, with the tomb of Henry III in the background.

The Shrine of St Edward the Confessor

Metropolitan Jerome spoke about the plight particularly of Syrian refugees, providing the debate with much background information concerning the religious and political dimensions to the Syrian crisis. His grace particularly criticised the UK Government’s lack of coordinated and comprehensive provision in response to the crisis and highlighted the considerable effort that will be required of charities and other institutions in making up the discrepancy in the Government’s provision. His grace mentioned that “Cherubs Kitchen” his own charitable apostolate in Brighton would be participating in the city’s “Sanctuary by the Sea” initiative and called on others to do similarly in the “City of Sanctuary” movement. Lord Laird thanked his grace’s contribution to the discussion at the end of the evening and gave an impromptu tour of the House for the Brighton contingent, whilst accompanying his grace to St Stephen’s Door.

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