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December 2020

Saint John Damascene

Dec 4
St Swithun’s Church, 105 Waverley Road
Portsmouth, Hampshire PO5 2PL United Kingdom

Saint John Damascene’s Story (c. 676 -749) John spent most of his life in the monastery of Saint Sabas, near Jerusalem, and all of his life under Muslim rule, indeed, protected by it. He was born in Damascus, received a classical and theological education, and followed his father in a government position under the Arabs. After a few years, he resigned and went to the monastery of Saint Sabas. He is famous in three areas: First, he is known for…

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Daily Readings Friday 4th December 2020

Dec 4
St Swithun’s Church, 105 Waverley Road
Portsmouth, Hampshire PO5 2PL United Kingdom
DJ photo and Fr Marcin Mass

Friday 4 December 2020 Friday of the 1st week of Advent  or Saint John Damascene, Priest, Doctor  Liturgical Colour: Violet. Entrance Antiphon: Behold, the Lord will come descending with splendour to visit his people with peace, and he will bestow on them eternal life. Collect: Stir up your power, we pray, O Lord, and come, that with you to protect us, we may find rescue from the pressing dangers of our sins, and with you to set us free, we…

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Parish Devotion for Friday 4th December 2020 – Month of The Immaculate Conception – Fridays

Dec 4
St Swithun’s Church, 105 Waverley Road
Portsmouth, Hampshire PO5 2PL United Kingdom
Miraculous Medal

Month of the Immaculate Conception    Download Daily Devotions for December 2020 - Month of the Immaculate Conception The Joyful Mysteries The Luminous Mysteries The Sorrowful Mysteries The Glorious Mysteries FRIDAYS  Download Daily Devotions for December 2020 - Month of the Immaculate Conception

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Daily Services Friday 4th December 2020

Dec 4
St Swithun’s Church, 105 Waverley Road
Portsmouth, Hampshire PO5 2PL United Kingdom
DJ photo and Fr Marcin Mass
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Saint Sabas

Dec 5
St Swithun’s Church, 105 Waverley Road
Portsmouth, Hampshire PO5 2PL United Kingdom

Saint Sabas’ Story (439 – December 5, 532) Born in Cappadocia, Sabas is one of the most highly regarded patriarchs among the monks of Palestine, and is considered one of the founders of Eastern monasticism. After an unhappy childhood in which he was abused and ran away several times, Sabas finally sought refuge in a monastery. While family members tried to persuade him to return home, the young boy felt drawn to monastic life. Although the youngest monk in the house,…

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Daily Readings Saturday 5th December 2020

Dec 5
St Swithun’s Church, 105 Waverley Road
Portsmouth, Hampshire PO5 2PL United Kingdom
DJ photo and Fr Marcin Mass

Saturday 5 December 2020 Saturday of the 1st week of Advent Liturgical Colour: Violet. Entrance Antiphon: Cf. Ps 79: 4, 2 Come and show us your face, O Lord, who are seated upon the Cherubim, and we will be saved. Collect: O God, who sent your Only Begotten Son into this world to free the human race from its ancient enslavement, bestow on those who devoutly await him the grace of your compassion from on high, that we may attain the…

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Parish Devotion for Saturday 5th December 2020 – Month of The Immaculate Conception – Saturdays

Dec 5
St Swithun’s Church, 105 Waverley Road
Portsmouth, Hampshire PO5 2PL United Kingdom
Immaculate Conception Saturday

Month of the Immaculate Conception    Download Daily Devotions for December 2020 - Month of the Immaculate Conception The Joyful Mysteries The Luminous Mysteries The Sorrowful Mysteries The Glorious Mysteries SATURDAYS  Download Daily Devotions for December 2020 - Month of the Immaculate Conception

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Daily Services Saturday 5th December 2020

Dec 5
St Swithun’s Church, 105 Waverley Road
Portsmouth, Hampshire PO5 2PL United Kingdom
DJ photo and Fr Marcin Mass
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Saint Nicholas

Dec 6
St Swithun’s Church, 105 Waverley Road
Portsmouth, Hampshire PO5 2PL United Kingdom

Saint Nicholas’ Story (March 15, 270 – December 6, 343) The absence of the “hard facts” of history is not necessarily an obstacle to the popularity of saints, as the devotion to Saint Nicholas shows. Both the Eastern and Western Churches honor him, and it is claimed that after the Blessed Virgin, he is the saint most pictured by Christian artists. And yet, historically, we can pinpoint only the fact that Nicholas was the fourth-century bishop of Myra, a city…

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Daily Readings Sunday 6th December 2020 – 2nd Sunday of Advent

Dec 6
St Swithun’s Church, 105 Waverley Road
Portsmouth, Hampshire PO5 2PL United Kingdom
DJ photo and Fr Marcin Mass

Sunday 6 December 2020 2nd Sunday of Advent Liturgical Colour: Violet. Entrance Antiphon: Cf. Is 30: 19, 30 O people of Sion, behold, the Lord will come to save the nations, and the Lord will make the glory of his voice heard in the joy of your heart. Collect: Almighty and merciful God, may no earthly undertaking hinder those who set out in haste to meet your Son, but may our learning of heavenly wisdom gain us admittance to his company.…

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