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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”.

Province of Europe: Chrism Mass

March 24, 2014 Leave a comment

AbpLloydSelseysmallNotice is hereby given that His Grace, Archbishop Jerome Lloyd OSJV, Metropolitan of Europe will consecrate according to the traditional rites of the Pontificale Romanum the holy oils of Sanctum Chrisma, Oleum Catechumenorum and Oleum Infirmorum during the Mass of the Lord’s Supper at the Brighton Oratory on Maundy Thursday, April 17th 2014, 8.30am. 

Clergy of the Province of Europe are fraternally invited to attend and afterwards replenish their oil stocks, as are any Traditional Catholic priests otherwise without access to holy oils, upon application.

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“More soup, your Grace?”

July 31, 2012 1 comment

The Brighton Oratory has been assisting with the provision of food and clothing in partnership with the Salvation Army at Brighton Congress Hall for the past year. Having already played an active role in recruiting and coordinating volunteers and donations of clothing and personal hygiene items from local churches, for the past three weeks His Grace, Archbishop Jerome Lloyd OSJV has also been cooking!

His Grace has been preparing and cooking a variety of meals for nearly a hundred drop-in visitors every Wednesday with a small but dedicated team of volunteers. Msgr Lloyd put his past skills in the leisure and hospitality industry to good use when the regular Chef had to leave the post at short notice. Visitors to the dropin receive a three free course meal consisting of soup and/or salad, a hearty main course and a dessert. The food is provided by FoodShare Brighton and topped up as and when by donations made to the Salvation Army.

The visitors to the dropin range from the truly homeless sleeping rough, squatters and recovering addicts from bedsits through more recently to people who have lost job and home due to the recession and financial crisis. An interesting ecclectic mix of social and professional demographics are represented amongst the visitors, from a few Eastern European immigrants who became stranded after the economic downturn through a wide range of former professional artists, musicians, carpenters and teachers.

Originally begun by two previous Salvation Army commanding officers (posted to Dubai last January), the dropin has been running for two years and Msgr Lloyd hopes when the new commanding officers arrive, to develop the project further in conjunction with other local churches and statutory services. Already he has introduced barbers for free haircuts and hand masseurs to the visitors who appreciate the welcoming hospitality and “safe” space the volunteers strive hard to provide. Some of the dropin visitors even attended the Archbishop’s Inauguration as Metropolitan and as one of them said, “I bet there’s not many homeless people can say they had lunch cooked by a bishop!”

The Brighton Oratory hires one of the halls from the Salvation Army as a Mass centre for its Sussex based mission which provided the opportunity for the two churches to work together. Last Christmas Day, following their respective morning services, the two churches provided Christmas Lunch for elderly people living alone and homeless dropin regulars, some of whom attended the preceding services. “It was the first time I’d been to a Latin Mass since I left Ireland as a boy” said one of the regular dropin visitors, “it was beautiful, I cried.” Through their contacts the two churches identified elderly people living alone and coordinated transport via minibuses to get to and from the centre on Christmas Day. Msgr Lloyd was invited to bless parcels of food and presents for poor families before being distributed by the Salvation Army.

Many are amazed at the way in which two churches of such different traditions doctrinally are able to work together, but both the Salvation Army officers and Msgr Lloyd emphasise the joint charge to live out charity which is at the heart of the Gospel. When asked if it was appropriate for an Archbishop to be cooking and washing up, His Grace replied

“I want to be able to answer ‘I was there’ when Christ asks me, “Where were you when I was hungry, thirsty, naked, sick and in prison” when I face the Judgement. Sacred Ministers are called to be “servants of the servants of God” after that favoured title of St Gregory the Great, what better than way this is there to serve Christ than in the poor and outcasts of our society?”

Pentecost 2012 Embertide Ordinations

June 2, 2012 Leave a comment

On a glorious day weather-wise and in the humble but bright surroundings of the Brighton Oratory of SS Cuthman & Wilfrid, His Excellency the Archbishop Metropolitan raised to the Subdiaconate, Acolyte Frater Andrew Scurr to serve his title for the Oratory of Our Lady of Walsingham & St Lewina, Buxted, East Sussex and the Congregation of the Divine Caritas’ Sussex Mission.

During the Pentecost Season, His Excellency the Archbishop Metropolitan ordained and instituted: 1 Porter, 1 Lector, 2 Exorcists, 2 Acolytes, 1 Subdeacon.


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Inauguration of Europe’s new Metropolitan

May 28, 2012 Leave a comment

The Metropolitical and Episcopal ministry of His Grace, Archbishop Jerome Lloyd OSJV was formally inaugurated on Saturday, May 26th, feast of St Philip Neri and the Eve of Pentecost at Brighton Congress Hall in the UK. Representatives of local churches and a large congregation witnessed the occasion presided over by Canon Emilio Tundidor-Suarez OSJV acting as Dean of Clergy on behalf of the College of Bishops of the Province of Europe. The Salvation Army Band and Songsters accompanied the service which included a wide range of music from the broader Christian tradition. The traditional antiphon “Ecce Sacerdos” followed by the “Benedictus” at the Solemn Reception of the Archbishop at the entrance to the Church, accompanied the traditional presenting of a Crucifix, sprinkling of holy water and the blessing of incense. The “Te Deum” was intoned by His Grace after the formal Inauguration and Oaths were completed, the congregation joining in gustily with a metrical version of this ancient hymn, “Holy God we praise thy Name”. Following the homily preached by Canon Tundidor, the Songsters sang “In deeper consecration”, the General Intercessions were led by local Ecumenical representatives and an Address was given by the Archbishop. Then followed “Laudate Dominum” a psalm of praise (Ps. 117) and the Solemn Pontifical Blessing before the final recessional hymn “Thy hand O God has guided”. A reception followed the service where a specially made cake and a “bugia” (episcopal hand-candle)were presented to His Grace by Revd Frater Andrew Scurr on behalf of the members of the Brighton Oratory and Sussex mission. A video with photos of the service and reception are available to view here.

Ad Clerum: Acting Dean appointed for Metropolitan Chapter

May 22, 2012 Leave a comment

In Christo Fratres…

Canon Emilio Tundidor-Suarez OSJV co-founder of the Oratory of St John Vianney [with HE Archbishop Lloyd OSJV], was formally confirmed as a member of the Metropolitan Chapter and nominated to act as Dean for the forthcoming inauguration of the Metropolitan Archbishop in Brighton on May 25th. Canon Tundidor will oversee the proceedings and preach as well as play host to the ecumenical and VIP guests.

Monday, May 21st Canon Emilio Tundidor-Suarez OSJV formally instituted as ‘acting Dean’ of the Metropolitan Chapter.

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