Sub tuum praesidium

In response to the Coronavirus pandemic, Pope Francis has “encourage everyone to rediscover the beauty of praying the Rosary at home in the month of May“.

Fr Robert is encouraging everyone to join in this initiative. For some excellent resources see here.

The Pope’s initiative is based around the Sub tuum praesidium, the oldest preserved extant hymn to the Blessed Virgin Mary as Theotokos, probably dating back to the third century (before even the New Testament reached it’s current form). For more see the wiki entry.

Sub tuum praesidium confugimus, Sancta Dei Genetrix.
Nostras deprecationes ne despiciasin necessitatibus
sed a periculis cunctis libera nos semper,Virgo gloriosa et benedicta

Listen to this version.

We fly to your protection, O Holy Mother of God;
Do not despise our petitions in our necessities,but deliver us always
from every danger, O Glorious and Blessed Virgin.

Here is an an English metrical paraphrase (776776) written by Canon Jeremy Haselock which is produced in the hope that the hymn can become popular once more.

Beneath your loving mercy,
God’s Mother, we take refuge.
Our prayers, do not despise.
In all our needs please help us,
And in all dangers save us,
O only pure and bless’d.

Manuscript of paraphrase sung to tune: In Allen Meinen Thaten
Recording of a paraphrase

A version by Louise Lambillotte SJ – Recording & Score

A Swedish translation:
Under ditt beskydd tar vi vår tillflykt, heliga Guds moder.
Ringakta inte de böner som vi ber när vi är nödställda, utan befria oss alltid från alla faror, du ärorika och välsignade Jungfru.

At the Abbaye de Lérins they sing this version of the Sub tuum praesidium in a French translation (the photo of the statue which can be seen at the beginning and end of the short film is closely related to the Sub tuum praesidium devotion):

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This is Holy Week

Holy Week and Easter cannot be cancelled.  2000 year ago, all the forces of hell tried that.  They failed.

As we begin this Holy Week, we do so in different circumstances to normal. Normally, we would begin the wonderful celebration of Palm Sunday Mass.  This year must be different – we are not able to gather as a congregation – but we are still able to live out the events of this week as we read the scriptures and make the journey to Jerusalem with our Lord.  We hope the resources provided will help you as you seek to keep this week holy.

During Holy Week it is good to pray the stations of the cross. A form can be found for doing that here.

Many of us will normally want to meet Jesus in the Sacrament of Reconciliation at this time of year, and to leave our sins at the foot of the cross and hear the comforting words of absolution from a priest. This will not be possible this Holy Week and Easter, so we recommend that during Holy Week you make an ‘Act of Contrition’. There is a booklet for this here.

A full schedule of the Psalms and Reading can be found here.

Devotional Videos 

Those who use Facebook are encouraged to watch them there and to share them so that they reach as many people as possible. However, it is also intended to subsequently post the videos (for those who don’t use Facebook) here.

Holy Week with Children

Please see this excellent resource.

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Sadly our Church Building is Closed for Individual Prayer at the Moment

Mass will still be celebrated, the offices of morning and evening prayer will still be sung and the needs of the parish of Hemsworth will still be prayed for. Do please make sure you follow the daily posts being made on our Facebook page.

For pastoral care, please don’t hesitate to contact the Rector He is endeavouring to produce a weekly pastoral message. If you do not currently receive it, but would like to do so, again, please don’t hesitate to get in touch.

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Public Worship Suspended

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A First for Hemsworth

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Join us for Mothering Sunday – 22 March

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Walsingham Youth Pilgrimage 2020

Join us for the 2020 Youth Pilgrimage:

Monday 3rd – Friday 7th August

Inseparable – Friends for Life

2020 Youth Pilgrimage – led by Bishop Philip North

The Youth Pilgrimage is a week of lively worship, teaching, fellowship and fun for 11-18 year olds.

Our friends are some of the most important and influential people in our lives. Often we have many different types of friends: best friends, school friends, sports team friends, church friends and people we are friends with on social media who we might not have ever met in person.

Friendship is a gift from God and our friendships should model Christ’s love for us. There are not many things in this world that are more valuable than true friendship. We are called to love our friends for who they are, not what they can offer us.

The 2020 Youth Pilgrimage will explore the theme of Christian friendship with its ups and downs, helping us to look to Christ as our model so that we can be the best friends possible.

More information from the Shrine

Photos from last year

A Report from last year

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What does the Church teach about Social issues?

Fellowship of S Helen’s

Wednesday 11 March at 7pm

What does the Church teach about Social issues?

An Evening of Fellowship and Learning

Led by

Br Joseph Emmanuel SSF

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Featherstone Male Voice Choir Concert

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24/01/2020 · 11:27 am

Christmass Confessions


External preparations form part of the season of Advent: they help create the Christmas atmosphere of joy and expectation. A lot of people are extremely busy at this time. All this is part of the Advent season but it’s not the most important thing. Let us never lose sight of the utmost importance of our interior preparation to celebrate the first coming of Our Lord: by preparing my heart, so that Jesus may be happy” as the little girl once said with all the simplicity and truth which can only come from a child. We do that, or rather God does that, in the Sacrament of Reconciliation, or Confession as it’s better known. It offers us an important way of getting closer to God (or rather God getting close to us) – to be forgiven for our sins. As Pope Francis puts it “it’s an encounter with the Lord’s mercy which spurs us on to do our best”.

Confession is not a tool of spiritual one-upmanship for the highly committed and ultra-pious. It should be a normative part of the Christian life and above all something we should offer to new Christians and to the undecided. How can we hold back from that wonderful joy of knowing God’s complete forgives us? This beautiful sacrament has the power to renew your lives.

Now is the time to plan, prepare and make your Christmas Confession. Is your heart ready to receive the Christ Child this Christmass?? Come and celebrate this sacrament of renewal and transformation.

Wed 18 Dec: 10.00 -10.30am & 11am onwards (Fr David)

Thu 19 Dec: 6.00 – 6.30 pm

Sat 21 Dec: 10.00 – 10.30 am & 6.00 – 6.30 pm

Sun 22 Dec: 11.00 – 12.00 am (Fr David & Fr Robert)

Tue 24 Dec: 9.30 – 10.00 am & 10.30 – 11.00 pm

Or by appointment with Fr Robert (Tel: 01977 610507)

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