The 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”.
On Monday, 22nd April 2013 in Rome, Italy, His Grace Archbishop Douglas Lewins ORCC GB met with Mgr Alessandro Catullo in the shadow of the Basilica di Santa Maria Maggiore to formally initiate the integration of the Orthodox Church of Italy (www.chiesaortodossa.it founded by Msgr. Antonio De Rosso) as an Old Roman Catholic deanery for Italy of bi-ritual i.e. Western/Eastern liturgical use http://www.chiesaveterocattolicaromana.it/. According to the terms of the “Walsingham Declaration” signed by Mgr Lewins and Metropolitan Archbishop Jerome Lloyd OSJV of the ORCC LR, generally alternative use communities will be looked after by the ORCC GB and Latin use communities by the ORCC LR and jointly by the unity expressed in the declaration to present a unified Old Roman Catholic presence in Europe. By the erection of the bi-ritual Italian Deanery, Mgr Lloyd was happy to transfer enquiries from Italian clergy seeking Old Roman Catholic incardination. The Italian deanery is led by Mgr Alessandro Catullo for ORCC GB and the Latin Rite by Mgr Jonas Röggla CSJV, Episcopal Vicar for the ORCC LR Province of Europe in Italy whom Mgr Lewins co-consecrated with Mgr Lloyd last November.
There have appeared many reports in both the Eastern and Western press that the two hierarchs who were abducted yesterday by terrorists in Syria, Metropolitan Boulos Yazge, Antiochian Orthodox Archbishop of Aleppo, and Archbishop Youhanna Ibrahim, Syriac Archbishop of Aleppo, have been released.
His Eminence Metropolitan Philip spoke by phone this morning to His Beatitude John X, Patriarch of Antioch and all the East (pictured), who said that these reports are false, and that the release of these two hierarchs has NOT taken place.
We ask you to continue to pray for their safety, and eventual release.
Confirmed updates will be published as soon as they are known.
The Old Roman Catholic Church in Europe offers prayers for Abune Mathias, the 6th Patriarch of the Ethiopian Orthodox Tewahedo Church. Abune Mathias was chosen to head the Church on February 28th, having previously served as Archbishop of Jerusalem. Previously, he was Archbishop of North America and eventually Archbishop of the United States of America. The Church has suffered much in the past few years with upheaval in Ethiopia, and we pray that the Church will prosper and grow under Abune Mathias’ leadership.
The Ethiopian Church claims its earliest origins from the royal official said to have been baptized by Philip the Evangelist (not to be confused with Philip the Apostle), one of the seven deacons:
Then the angel of the Lord said to Philip, Start out and go south to the road that leads down from Jerusalem to Gaza. So he set out and was on his way when he caught sight of an Ethiopian. This man was a eunuch, a high official of the Kandake (Candace) Queen of Ethiopia in charge of all her treasure. (Acts, 8:26-27)
The passage continues by describing how Philip helped the Ethiopian treasurer understand a passage from Isaiah that the Ethiopian was reading. After the Ethiopian received an explanation of the passage, he requested that Philip baptize him, and Philip did so. The Ethiopic version of this verse reads “Hendeke” (ህንደኬ); Queen Gersamot Hendeke VII was the Queen of Ethiopia from ca. 42 to 52.
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.
During Pontifical Mass in the Chapel of Our Lady of Hope in the Mother House of the Oratory of St John Vianney on the feast of St Catherine, Virgin and Martyr, Sunday 25th November 2012, His Grace the Metropolitan of Europe, Archbishop Jerome Lloyd OSJV, assisted by His Grace Archbishop Douglas Lewins [ORCC GB] consecrated to the Episcopate, Msgr Martin Charlesworth to the Titular See of Dummoc-ceastre and Msgr Jonas Maria Röggla to the Titular See of Brixinensis-Antiquitatis, to serve initially as auxiliary bishops in the Province of Europe. Msgr Charlesworth will serve initially in the Archdiocese of Great Britain with particular responsibility for the North, based in Leeds and Msgr Röggla will serve in northern Italy as Episcopal Vicar, in 2013, Msgr Charlesworth will transfer to Hungary and the Diocese of Haemus to serve as Episcopal Vicar. The lengthy liturgy was broadcast live for the benefit of the faithful, family and friends of the Consecrandi across the Province.
AD MULTOS ANNOS and congratulations to Monsignor William J Myers, today consecrated Bishop for Kentucky by His Grace, Archbishop Boniface Grosvold, Primate of the Old Roman Catholic Church Latin Rite in London, Ontario, Canada.
Ordained priest in 2007 by His Grace, Archbishop Francis Facione (ORCCNA), His Excellency studied theology at the University of Joensuu, Finland, sociology at the University of Louisville and is a Doctor of Law of the University of Northern Kentucky.
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