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Portsmouth, Hampshire PO5 2PL United Kingdom
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July 2019

Saint Camillus de Lellis

Jul 18
St Swithun’s Church, 105 Waverley Road
Portsmouth, Hampshire PO5 2PL United Kingdom

Saint Camillus de Lellis’ Story (1550 – July 14, 1614) Humanly speaking, Camillus was not a likely candidate for sainthood. His mother died when he was a child, his father neglected him, and he grew up with an excessive love for gambling. At 17, he was afflicted with a disease of his leg that remained with him for life. In Rome he entered the San Giacomo Hospital for Incurables as both patient and servant, but was dismissed for quarrelsomeness after nine…

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Parish Devotion for July 18th 2019 – Month of the Precious Blood – Thursdays

Jul 18
St Swithun’s Church, 105 Waverley Road
Portsmouth, Hampshire PO5 2PL United Kingdom
Litany of the Cross

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Daily Readings Thursday 18th July 2019

Jul 18
St Swithun’s Church, 105 Waverley Road
Portsmouth, Hampshire PO5 2PL United Kingdom
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Thursday 18 July 2019 Thursday of week 15 in Ordinary Time  Liturgical Colour: Green. Entrance Antiphon: Cf. Ps 16:15 As for me, in justice I shall behold your face; I shall be filled with the vision of your glory. Collect: O God, who show the light of your truth to those who go astray, so that they may return to the right path, give all who for the faith they profess are accounted Christians the grace to reject whatever is…

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Daily Services Thursday 18th July 2019

Jul 18
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Saint Mary MacKillop

Jul 19
St Swithun’s Church, 105 Waverley Road
Portsmouth, Hampshire PO5 2PL United Kingdom

Saint Mary MacKillop’s Story (January 15, 1842 – August 8, 1909) If Saint Mary MacKillop were alive today, she would be a household name. It’s not that she sought the limelight. On the contrary, she simply wanted to serve the poor wherever she found them in her native Australia. But along the way, she managed to arouse the ire of some rather powerful churchmen. One even excommunicated her for a time. Born in Melbourne in 1842, to parents who had emigrated…

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Parish Devotion for July 19th 2019 – Month of the Precious Blood – Fridays

Jul 19
St Swithun’s Church, 105 Waverley Road
Portsmouth, Hampshire PO5 2PL United Kingdom

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Daily Readings Friday 19th July 2019

Jul 19
St Swithun’s Church, 105 Waverley Road
Portsmouth, Hampshire PO5 2PL United Kingdom
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Friday 19 July 2019 Friday of week 15 in Ordinary Time  Liturgical Colour: Green. Entrance Antiphon: Cf. Ps 16:15 As for me, in justice I shall behold your face; I shall be filled with the vision of your glory. Collect: O God, who show the light of your truth to those who go astray, so that they may return to the right path, give all who for the faith they profess are accounted Christians the grace to reject whatever is…

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Daily Services Friday 19th July 2019

Jul 19
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Saint Apollinaris

Jul 20
St Swithun’s Church, 105 Waverley Road
Portsmouth, Hampshire PO5 2PL United Kingdom

Saint Apollinaris’ Story (d. c. 79) According to tradition, Saint Peter sent Apollinaris to Ravenna, Italy, as its first bishop. His preaching of the Good News was so successful that the pagans there beat him and drove him from the city. He returned, however, and was exiled a second time. After preaching in the area surrounding Ravenna, he entered the city again. After being cruelly tortured, he was put on a ship heading to Greece. Pagans there caused him to be…

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Parish Devotion for July 20th 2019 – Month of the Precious Blood – Saturdays

Jul 20
St Swithun’s Church, 105 Waverley Road
Portsmouth, Hampshire PO5 2PL United Kingdom
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Daily Readings Saturday 20th July 2019

Jul 20
St Swithun’s Church, 105 Waverley Road
Portsmouth, Hampshire PO5 2PL United Kingdom
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Saturday 20 July 2019 Saturday of week 15 in Ordinary Time  or Saint Apollinaris, Bishop, Martyr  or Saturday memorial of the Blessed Virgin Mary  Liturgical Colour: Green. Entrance Antiphon: Cf. Ps 16:15 As for me, in justice I shall behold your face; I shall be filled with the vision of your glory. Collect: O God, who show the light of your truth to those who go astray, so that they may return to the right path, give all who for…

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Daily Services Saturday 20th July 2019

Jul 20
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Saint Lawrence of Brindisi

Jul 21
St Swithun’s Church, 105 Waverley Road
Portsmouth, Hampshire PO5 2PL United Kingdom

Saint Lawrence of Brindisi’s Story (July 22, 1559 – July 22, 1619) At first glance, perhaps the most remarkable quality of Lawrence of Brindisi is his outstanding gift of languages. In addition to a thorough knowledge of his native Italian, he had complete reading and speaking ability in Latin, Hebrew, Greek, German, Bohemian, Spanish, and French. Lawrence was born on July 22, 1559, and died exactly 60 years later on his birthday in 1619. His parents William and Elizabeth Russo gave…

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Daily Readings Sunday 21st July 2019

Jul 21
St Swithun’s Church, 105 Waverley Road
Portsmouth, Hampshire PO5 2PL United Kingdom
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Sunday 21 July 2019 16th Sunday in Ordinary Time  Liturgical Colour: Green. Entrance Antiphon: Ps 53: 6, 8 See, I have God for my help. The Lord sustains my soul. I will sacrifice to you with willing heart, and praise your name, O Lord, for it is good. Collect: Show favour, O Lord, to your servants and mercifully increase the gifts of your grace, that, made fervent in hope, faith and charity, they may be ever watchful in keeping your…

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Daily Services Sunday 21st July 2019 – SIXTEENTH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME

Jul 21
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Saint Mary Magdalene

Jul 22
St Swithun’s Church, 105 Waverley Road
Portsmouth, Hampshire PO5 2PL United Kingdom

Saint Mary Magdalene’s Story (d. c. 63) Except for the mother of Jesus, few women are more honored in the Bible than Mary Magdalene. Yet she could well be the patron of the slandered, since there has been a persistent legend in the Church that she is the unnamed sinful woman who anointed the feet of Jesus in Luke 7:36-50. Most Scripture scholars today point out that there is no scriptural basis for confusing the two women. Mary Magdalene, that…

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Parish Devotion for July 22nd 2019 – Month of the Precious Blood – Mondays

Jul 22
St Swithun’s Church, 105 Waverley Road
Portsmouth, Hampshire PO5 2PL United Kingdom
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Daily Readings Monday 22nd July 2019

Jul 22
St Swithun’s Church, 105 Waverley Road
Portsmouth, Hampshire PO5 2PL United Kingdom
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Monday 22 July 2019 Saint Mary Magdalen - Feast  Liturgical Colour: White. Entrance Antiphon: John 20: 17 The Lord said to Mary Magdalene: Go to my brothers and tell them: I am going to my Father and your Father, to my God and your God. Collect: O God, whose Only Begotten Son entrusted Mary Magdalene before all others with announcing the great joy of the Resurrection, grant, we pray, that through her intercession and example we may proclaim the living Christ…

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Daily Services Monday 22nd July 2019

Jul 22
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SPONSOR OUR CHILDREN – “WALK AROUND JERSEY” – 22nd to 26th July 2019

Jul 22
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Portsmouth, Hampshire PO5 2PL United Kingdom

I would like to invite all of You to support a special challenge – a Sponsored Walk Jersey Island in 5 days and raise money for a special charism of our Parish’s ministry. The cost of this adventure is totally covered by me from the special collections of Christmas and Easter, which are dedicated to the priest. I’m glad I can share this gift from You with our children, to make their memories unforgettable and our parish work among homeless…

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Saint Bridget of Sweden

Jul 23
St Swithun’s Church, 105 Waverley Road
Portsmouth, Hampshire PO5 2PL United Kingdom

Saint Bridget of Sweden’s Story (c. 1303 – July 23, 1373) From age 7 on, Bridget had visions of Christ crucified. Her visions formed the basis for her activity—always with the emphasis on charity rather than spiritual favors. She lived her married life in the court of the Swedish king Magnus II. Mother of eight children–the second eldest was Saint Catherine of Sweden–Bridget lived the strict life of a penitent after her husband’s death. Bridget constantly strove to exert her good…

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Parish Devotion for July 23rd 2019 – Month of the Precious Blood – Tuesdays

Jul 23
St Swithun’s Church, 105 Waverley Road
Portsmouth, Hampshire PO5 2PL United Kingdom
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Daily Readings Tuesday 23rd July 2019

Jul 23
St Swithun’s Church, 105 Waverley Road
Portsmouth, Hampshire PO5 2PL United Kingdom
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Tuesday 23 July 2019 Saint Bridget of Sweden, Patroness of Europe - Feast  Liturgical Colour: White. Entrance Antiphon: Cf. Ps 51:10 I am like a growing olive tree in the house of God. I trust in the mercy of God, for ever and ever. or: I despised the kingdom of the world and all worldly finery for love of my Lord, Jesus Christ, whom I have seen, whom I have loved, in whom I have believed, in whom has been my…

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Daily Services Tuesday 23rd July 2019

Jul 23
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SPONSOR OUR CHILDREN – “WALK AROUND JERSEY” – 22nd to 26th July 2019

Jul 23
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St Swithun’s Church, 105 Waverley Road
Portsmouth, Hampshire PO5 2PL United Kingdom

I would like to invite all of You to support a special challenge – a Sponsored Walk Jersey Island in 5 days and raise money for a special charism of our Parish’s ministry. The cost of this adventure is totally covered by me from the special collections of Christmas and Easter, which are dedicated to the priest. I’m glad I can share this gift from You with our children, to make their memories unforgettable and our parish work among homeless…

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Saint Sharbel Makhluf

Jul 24
St Swithun’s Church, 105 Waverley Road
Portsmouth, Hampshire PO5 2PL United Kingdom

Saint Sharbel Makhluf’s Story (May 8, 1828 – December 24, 1898 ) Although this saint never traveled far from the Lebanese village of Beka-Kafra where he was born, his influence has spread widely. Joseph Zaroun Makluf was raised by an uncle because his father, a mule driver, died when Joseph was only three. At the age of 23, Joseph joined the Monastery of St. Maron at Annaya, Lebanon, and took the name Sharbel in honor of a second-century martyr. He…

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Parish Devotion for July 24th 2019 – Month of the Precious Blood – Wednesdays

Jul 24
St Swithun’s Church, 105 Waverley Road
Portsmouth, Hampshire PO5 2PL United Kingdom
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Daily Readings Wednesday 24th July 2019

Jul 24
St Swithun’s Church, 105 Waverley Road
Portsmouth, Hampshire PO5 2PL United Kingdom
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Wednesday 24 July 2019 Wednesday of week 16 in Ordinary Time  or Saint Charbel Makhlouf, Priest  Liturgical Colour: Green. Entrance Antiphon: Ps 53: 6, 8 See, I have God for my help. The Lord sustains my soul. I will sacrifice to you with willing heart, and praise your name, O Lord, for it is good. Collect: Show favour, O Lord, to your servants and mercifully increase the gifts of your grace, that, made fervent in hope, faith and charity, they…

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Daily Services Wednesday 24th July 2019

Jul 24
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SPONSOR OUR CHILDREN – “WALK AROUND JERSEY” – 22nd to 26th July 2019

Jul 24
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St Swithun’s Church, 105 Waverley Road
Portsmouth, Hampshire PO5 2PL United Kingdom

I would like to invite all of You to support a special challenge – a Sponsored Walk Jersey Island in 5 days and raise money for a special charism of our Parish’s ministry. The cost of this adventure is totally covered by me from the special collections of Christmas and Easter, which are dedicated to the priest. I’m glad I can share this gift from You with our children, to make their memories unforgettable and our parish work among homeless…

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Saint James the Apostle

Jul 25
St Swithun’s Church, 105 Waverley Road
Portsmouth, Hampshire PO5 2PL United Kingdom

Saint James the Apostle’s Story (d. 44) This James is the brother of John the Evangelist. The two were called by Jesus as they worked with their father in a fishing boat on the Sea of Galilee. Jesus had already called another pair of brothers from a similar occupation: Peter and Andrew. “He walked along a little farther and saw James, the son of Zebedee, and his brother John. They too were in a boat mending their nets. Then he…

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Parish Devotion for July 25th 2019 – Month of the Precious Blood – Thursdays

Jul 25
St Swithun’s Church, 105 Waverley Road
Portsmouth, Hampshire PO5 2PL United Kingdom
Litany of the Cross

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Daily Readings Thursday 25th July 2019

Jul 25
St Swithun’s Church, 105 Waverley Road
Portsmouth, Hampshire PO5 2PL United Kingdom
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Thursday 25 July 2019 Saint James, Apostle - Feast  Liturgical Colour: Red. Entrance Antiphon: Cf. Matthew 4: 18, 21 As he walk ed by the Sea of Galilee, Jesus saw James the son of Zebedee and John his brother mending their nets and he called them. Collect: Almighty ever-living God, who consecrated the first fruits of your Apostles by the blood of Saint James, grant, we pray, that your Church may be strengthened by his confession of faith and constantly sustained…

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Daily Services Thursday 25th July 2019

Jul 25
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SPONSOR OUR CHILDREN – “WALK AROUND JERSEY” – 22nd to 26th July 2019

Jul 25
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St Swithun’s Church, 105 Waverley Road
Portsmouth, Hampshire PO5 2PL United Kingdom

I would like to invite all of You to support a special challenge – a Sponsored Walk Jersey Island in 5 days and raise money for a special charism of our Parish’s ministry. The cost of this adventure is totally covered by me from the special collections of Christmas and Easter, which are dedicated to the priest. I’m glad I can share this gift from You with our children, to make their memories unforgettable and our parish work among homeless…

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Saints Joachim and Anne

Jul 26
St Swithun’s Church, 105 Waverley Road
Portsmouth, Hampshire PO5 2PL United Kingdom

Saints Joachim and Anne’s Story In the Scriptures, Matthew and Luke furnish a legal family history of Jesus, tracing ancestry to show that Jesus is the culmination of great promises. Not only is his mother’s family neglected, we also know nothing factual about them except that they existed. Even the names Joachim and Anne come from a legendary source written more than a century after Jesus died. The heroism and holiness of these people however, is inferred from the whole…

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Parish Devotion for July 26th 2019 – Month of the Precious Blood – Fridays

Jul 26
St Swithun’s Church, 105 Waverley Road
Portsmouth, Hampshire PO5 2PL United Kingdom

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Daily Readings Friday 26th July 2019

Jul 26
St Swithun’s Church, 105 Waverley Road
Portsmouth, Hampshire PO5 2PL United Kingdom
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Friday 26 July 2019 Friday of week 16 in Ordinary Time (Saint Joachim and Saint Anne, parents of the Blessed Virgin Mary ) Liturgical Colour: White. Entrance Antiphon: Cf. Sir 44: 1, 25 Let us praise Joachim and Anne, to whom, in their generation, the Lord gave him who was a blessing for all the nations. Collect: O Lord, God of our Fathers, who bestowed on Saints Joachim and Anne this grace, that of them should be born the Mother of…

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Daily Services Friday 26th July 2019

Jul 26
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SPONSOR OUR CHILDREN – “WALK AROUND JERSEY” – 22nd to 26th July 2019

Jul 26
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St Swithun’s Church, 105 Waverley Road
Portsmouth, Hampshire PO5 2PL United Kingdom

I would like to invite all of You to support a special challenge – a Sponsored Walk Jersey Island in 5 days and raise money for a special charism of our Parish’s ministry. The cost of this adventure is totally covered by me from the special collections of Christmas and Easter, which are dedicated to the priest. I’m glad I can share this gift from You with our children, to make their memories unforgettable and our parish work among homeless…

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Blessed Antonio Lucci

Jul 27
St Swithun’s Church, 105 Waverley Road
Portsmouth, Hampshire PO5 2PL United Kingdom

Blessed Antonio Lucci’s Story (August 2, 1682 – July 25, 1752) Antonio studied with and was a friend of Saint Francesco Antonio Fasani, who after Antonio Lucci’s death, testified at the diocesan hearings regarding the holiness of Lucci. Born in Agnone in southern Italy, a city famous for manufacturing bells and copper crafts, he was given the name Angelo at baptism. He attended the local school run by the Conventual Franciscans and joined them at the age of 16. Antonio completed…

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Parish Devotion for July 27th 2019 – Month of the Precious Blood – Saturdays

Jul 27
St Swithun’s Church, 105 Waverley Road
Portsmouth, Hampshire PO5 2PL United Kingdom
Litany to Our Lady

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Daily Readings Saturday 27th July 2019

Jul 27
St Swithun’s Church, 105 Waverley Road
Portsmouth, Hampshire PO5 2PL United Kingdom
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Saturday 27 July 2019 Saturday of week 16 in Ordinary Time  or Saturday memorial of the Blessed Virgin Mary  Liturgical Colour: Green. Entrance Antiphon: Ps 53: 6, 8 See, I have God for my help. The Lord sustains my soul. I will sacrifice to you with willing heart, and praise your name, O Lord, for it is good. Collect: Show favour, O Lord, to your servants and mercifully increase the gifts of your grace, that, made fervent in hope, faith…

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Daily Services Saturday 27th July 2019

Jul 27
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Saint Leopold Mandic

Jul 28
St Swithun’s Church, 105 Waverley Road
Portsmouth, Hampshire PO5 2PL United Kingdom

Saint Leopold Mandic’s story Western Christians who are working for greater dialogue with Orthodox Christians may be reaping the fruits of Father Leopold’s prayers. A native of Croatia, Leopold joined the Capuchin Franciscans and was ordained several years later in spite of several health problems. He could not speak loudly enough to preach publicly. For many years he also suffered from severe arthritis, poor eyesight, and a stomach ailment. For several years Leopold taught patrology, the study of the Church…

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Daily Readings Sunday 28th July 2019

Jul 28
St Swithun’s Church, 105 Waverley Road
Portsmouth, Hampshire PO5 2PL United Kingdom
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Sunday 28 July 2019 17th Sunday in Ordinary Time  Liturgical Colour: Green. Entrance Antiphon: Cf. Ps 67: 6-7, 36 God is in his holy place, God who unites those who dwell in his house; he himself gives might and strength to his people. Collect: O God, protector of those who hope in you, without whom nothing has firm foundation, nothing is holy, bestow in abundance your mercy upon us and grant that, with you as our ruler and guide, we…

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Daily Services Sunday 28th July 2019- SEVENTEENTH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME

Jul 28
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Saint Martha

Jul 29
St Swithun’s Church, 105 Waverley Road
Portsmouth, Hampshire PO5 2PL United Kingdom

Saint Martha’s Story (b. 1st century) Martha, Mary, and their brother Lazarus were evidently close friends of Jesus. He came to their home simply as a welcomed guest, rather than as one celebrating the conversion of a sinner like Zacchaeus or one unceremoniously received by a suspicious Pharisee. The sisters feel free to call on Jesus at their brother’s death, even though a return to Judea at that time seems almost certain death. No doubt Martha was an active sort…

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Parish Devotion for July 29th 2019 – Month of the Precious Blood – Mondays

Jul 29
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Portsmouth, Hampshire PO5 2PL United Kingdom
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Daily Readings Monday 29th July 2019

Jul 29
St Swithun’s Church, 105 Waverley Road
Portsmouth, Hampshire PO5 2PL United Kingdom
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Monday 29 July 2019 Monday of week 17 in Ordinary Time (Saint Martha ) Liturgical Colour: White. Entrance Antiphon: Cf. Luke 10: 38 Jesus entered a village, where a woman named Martha welcomed him into her home. Collect: Almighty ever-living God, whose Son was pleased to be welcomed in Saint Martha’s house as a guest, grant, we pray, that through her intercession, serving Christ faithfully in our brothers and sisters, we may merit to be received by you in the halls…

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Jul 29
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Saint Peter Chrysologus

Jul 30
St Swithun’s Church, 105 Waverley Road
Portsmouth, Hampshire PO5 2PL United Kingdom

Saint Peter Chrysologus’ Story (c. 406 – c. 450) A man who vigorously pursues a goal may produce results far beyond his expectations and his intentions. Thus it was with Peter “of the Golden Words,” as he was called, who as a young man became bishop of Ravenna, the capital of the empire in the West. At the time there were abuses and vestiges of paganism evident in his diocese, and these Peter was determined to battle and overcome. His principal…

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Parish Devotion for July 30th 2019 – Month of the Precious Blood – Tuesdays

Jul 30
St Swithun’s Church, 105 Waverley Road
Portsmouth, Hampshire PO5 2PL United Kingdom
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Daily Readings Tuesday 30th July 2019

Jul 30
St Swithun’s Church, 105 Waverley Road
Portsmouth, Hampshire PO5 2PL United Kingdom
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Tuesday 30 July 2019 Tuesday of week 17 in Ordinary Time  or Saint Peter Chrysologus, Bishop, Doctor  Liturgical Colour: Green. Entrance Antiphon: Cf. Ps 67: 6-7, 36 God is in his holy place, God who unites those who dwell in his house; he himself gives might and strength to his people. Collect: O God, protector of those who hope in you, without whom nothing has firm foundation, nothing is holy, bestow in abundance your mercy upon us and grant that,…

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Daily Services Tuesday 30th July 2019

Jul 30
St Swithun’s Church, 105 Waverley Road
Portsmouth, Hampshire PO5 2PL United Kingdom
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Saint Ignatius of Loyola

Jul 31
St Swithun’s Church, 105 Waverley Road
Portsmouth, Hampshire PO5 2PL United Kingdom

Saint Ignatius of Loyola’s Story (October 23, 1491 – July 31, 1556) The founder of the Jesuits was on his way to military fame and fortune when a cannon ball shattered his leg. Because there were no books of romance on hand during his convalescence, Ignatius whiled away the time reading a life of Christ and lives of the saints. His conscience was deeply touched, and a long, painful turning to Christ began. Having seen the Mother of God in…

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Parish Devotion for July 31st 2019 – Month of the Precious Blood – Wednesdays

Jul 31
St Swithun’s Church, 105 Waverley Road
Portsmouth, Hampshire PO5 2PL United Kingdom
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Daily Readings Wednesday 31st July 2019

Jul 31
St Swithun’s Church, 105 Waverley Road
Portsmouth, Hampshire PO5 2PL United Kingdom
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Wednesday 31 July 2019 Wednesday of week 17 in Ordinary Time (Saint Ignatius Loyola, Priest ) Liturgical Colour: White. Entrance Antiphon: Cf. Phil 2: 10-11 At the name of Jesus, every knee should bend of those in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father. Collect: O God, who raised up Saint Ignatius of Loyola in your Church to further the greater glory of your…

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Daily Services Wednesday 31st July 2019

Jul 31
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August 2019

Saint Alphonsus Liguori

Aug 1
St Swithun’s Church, 105 Waverley Road
Portsmouth, Hampshire PO5 2PL United Kingdom

Saint Alphonse Liguori’s Story (September 27, 1696 – August 1, 1787) Moral theology, Vatican II said, should be more thoroughly nourished by Scripture, and show the nobility of the Christian vocation of the faithful and their obligation to bring forth fruit in charity for the life of the world. Alphonsus, declared patron of moral theologians by Pius XII in 1950, would rejoice in that statement. In his day, Alphonsus fought for the liberation of moral theology from the rigidity of…

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Daily Readings Thursday 1st August 2019

Aug 1
St Swithun’s Church, 105 Waverley Road
Portsmouth, Hampshire PO5 2PL United Kingdom
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Saturday 10 August 2019 Saint Laurence, Deacon, Martyr - Feast  Liturgical Colour: Red. Entrance Antiphon: Cf. Sir 15: 5 In the midst of the Church he opened his mouth, and the Lord filled him with the spirit of wisdom and understanding and clothed him in a robe of glory. or: Ps 36: 30-31 The mouth of the just man utters wisdom, and his tongue tells forth what is just; the law of his God is in his heart. Collect: O God,…

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Daily Services Thursday 1st August 2019

Aug 1
United Kingdom
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Saint Eusebius of Vercelli

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

Saint Eusebius of Vercelli’s Story Someone has said that if there had been no Arian heresy denying Christ’s divinity, it would be very difficult to write the lives of many early saints. Eusebius is another of the defenders of the Church during one of its most trying periods. Born on the isle of Sardinia, he became a member of the Roman clergy and is the first recorded bishop of Vercelli in Piedmont in northwest Italy. He is also the first to…

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Daily Readings Friday 2nd August 2019

Aug 2
St Swithun’s Church, 105 Waverley Road
Portsmouth, Hampshire PO5 2PL United Kingdom
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Friday 2 August 2019 Friday of week 17 in Ordinary Time  or Saint Eusebius of Vercelli, Bishop  or Saint Peter Julian Eymard  Liturgical Colour: Green. Entrance Antiphon: Cf. Ps 67: 6-7, 36 God is in his holy place, God who unites those who dwell in his house; he himself gives might and strength to his people. Collect: O God, protector of those who hope in you, without whom nothing has firm foundation, nothing is holy, bestow in abundance your mercy…

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Daily Services Friday 2nd August 2019

Aug 2
United Kingdom
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Saint Peter Julian Eymard

Aug 3
St Swithun’s Church, 105 Waverley Road
Portsmouth, Hampshire PO5 2PL United Kingdom

Saint Peter Julian Eymard’s Story (February 4, 1811 – August 1, 1868) Born in La Mure d’Isère in southeastern France, Peter Julian’s faith journey drew him from being a priest in the Diocese of Grenoble (1834) to joining the Marists (1839) to founding the Congregation of the Blessed Sacrament (1856). In addition to those changes, Peter Julian coped with poverty, his father’s initial opposition to Peter’s vocation, serious illness, a Jansenistic overemphasis on sin, and the difficulties of getting diocesan…

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Daily Readings Saturday 3rd August 2019

Aug 3
St Swithun’s Church, 105 Waverley Road
Portsmouth, Hampshire PO5 2PL United Kingdom
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Saturday 3 August 2019 Saturday of week 17 in Ordinary Time  or Saturday memorial of the Blessed Virgin Mary  Liturgical Colour: Green. Entrance Antiphon: Cf. Ps 67: 6-7, 36 God is in his holy place, God who unites those who dwell in his house; he himself gives might and strength to his people. Collect: O God, protector of those who hope in you, without whom nothing has firm foundation, nothing is holy, bestow in abundance your mercy upon us and…

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Daily Services Saturday 3rd August 2019

Aug 3
United Kingdom
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Saint John Vianney

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

Saint John Vianney’s Story (May 8, 1786 – August 4, 1859) A man with vision overcomes obstacles and performs deeds that seem impossible. John Vianney was a man with vision: He wanted to become a priest. But he had to overcome his meager formal schooling, which inadequately prepared him for seminary studies. His failure to comprehend Latin lectures forced him to discontinue. But his vision of being a priest urged him to seek private tutoring. After a lengthy battle with…

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Daily Readings Sunday 4th August 2019

Aug 4
St Swithun’s Church, 105 Waverley Road
Portsmouth, Hampshire PO5 2PL United Kingdom
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Sunday 4 August 2019 18th Sunday in Ordinary Time  Liturgical Colour: Green. Entrance Antiphon: Ps 69: 2, 6 O God, come to my assistance; O Lord, make haste to help me! You are my rescuer, my help; O Lord, do not delay. Collect: Draw near to your servants, O Lord, and answer their prayers with unceasing kindness, that, for those who glory in you as their Creator and guide, you may restore what you have created and keep safe what…

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Daily Services Sunday 4th August 2019 – 18th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Aug 4
United Kingdom
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Dedication of Saint Mary Major Basilica

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

The Story of the Dedication of Saint Mary Major Basilica First raised at the order of Pope Liberius in the mid-fourth century, the Liberian basilica was rebuilt by Pope Sixtus III shortly after the Council of Ephesus affirmed Mary’s title as Mother of God in 431. Rededicated at that time to the Mother of God, St. Mary Major is the largest church in the world honoring God through Mary. Standing atop one of Rome’s seven hills, the Esquiline, it has…

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Daily Readings Monday 5th August 2019

Aug 5
St Swithun’s Church, 105 Waverley Road
Portsmouth, Hampshire PO5 2PL United Kingdom
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Monday 5 August 2019 Monday of week 18 in Ordinary Time  or Dedication of the Basilica of Saint Mary Major  Liturgical Colour: Green. Entrance Antiphon: Ps 69: 2, 6 O God, come to my assistance; O Lord, make haste to help me! You are my rescuer, my help; O Lord, do not delay. Collect: Draw near to your servants, O Lord, and answer their prayers with unceasing kindness, that, for those who glory in you as their Creator and guide,…

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Daily Services Monday 5th August 2019

Aug 5
United Kingdom
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Transfiguration of the Lord

Aug 6
St Swithun’s Church, 105 Waverley Road
Portsmouth, Hampshire PO5 2PL United Kingdom
transfiguration of the Lord

The Story of the Transfiguration of the Lord All three Synoptic Gospels tell the story of the Transfiguration (Matthew 17:1-8; Mark 9:2-9; Luke 9:28-36). With remarkable agreement, all three place the event shortly after Peter’s confession of faith that Jesus is the Messiah and Jesus’ first prediction of his passion and death. Peter’s eagerness to erect tents or booths on the spot suggests it occurred during the Jewish week-long, fall Feast of Booths. In spite of the texts’ agreement, it…

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Daily Readings Tuesday 6th August 2019

Aug 6
St Swithun’s Church, 105 Waverley Road
Portsmouth, Hampshire PO5 2PL United Kingdom
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Tuesday 6 August 2019 The Transfiguration of the Lord - Feast  Liturgical Colour: White. Entrance Antiphon: Cf. Matthew 17: 5 In a resplendent cloud the Holy Spirit appeared. The Father’s voice was heard: This is my beloved Son, with whom I am well pleased. Listen to him. Collect: O God, who in the glorious Transfiguration of your Only Begotten Son confirmed the mysteries of faith by the witness of the Fathers and wonderfully prefigured our full adoption to sonship, grant, we…

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Daily Services Tuesday 6th August 2019

Aug 6
United Kingdom
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Saint Cajetan

Aug 7
St Swithun’s Church, 105 Waverley Road
Portsmouth, Hampshire PO5 2PL United Kingdom

Saint Cajetan’s Story Like most of us, Cajetan seemed headed for an “ordinary” life—first as a lawyer, then as a priest engaged in the work of the Roman Curia. His life took a characteristic turn when he joined the Oratory of Divine Love in Rome, a group devoted to piety and charity, shortly after his ordination at 36. When he was 42 he founded a hospital for incurables at Venice. At Vicenza, he joined a “disreputable” religious community that consisted…

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Daily Readings Wednesday 7th August 2019

Aug 7
St Swithun’s Church, 105 Waverley Road
Portsmouth, Hampshire PO5 2PL United Kingdom
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Wednesday 7 August 2019 Wednesday of week 18 in Ordinary Time  or Saints Sixtus II, Pope, and his Companions, Martyrs  or Saint Cajetan, Priest  Liturgical Colour: Green. Entrance Antiphon: Ps 69: 2, 6 O God, come to my assistance; O Lord, make haste to help me! You are my rescuer, my help; O Lord, do not delay. Collect: Draw near to your servants, O Lord, and answer their prayers with unceasing kindness, that, for those who glory in you as…

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Daily Services Wednesday 7th August 2019

Aug 7
United Kingdom
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Saint Dominic

Aug 8
St Swithun’s Church, 105 Waverley Road
Portsmouth, Hampshire PO5 2PL United Kingdom

Saint Dominic’s Story ( August 8, 1170 – August 6, 1221) If he hadn’t taken a trip with his bishop, Dominic would probably have remained within the structure of contemplative life; after the trip, he spent the rest of his life being a contemplative in active apostolic work. Born in old Castile, Spain, he was trained for the priesthood by a priest-uncle, studied the arts and theology, and became a canon of the cathedral at Osma, where there was an…

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Daily Readings Thursday 8th August 2019

Aug 8
St Swithun’s Church, 105 Waverley Road
Portsmouth, Hampshire PO5 2PL United Kingdom
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Thursday 8 August 2019 Thursday of week 18 in Ordinary Time (Saint Dominic, Priest ) Liturgical Colour: White. Entrance Antiphon: Cf. Sir 15: 5 In the midst of the Church he opened his mouth, and the Lord filled him with the spirit of wisdom and understanding and clothed him in a robe of glory. Collect: May Saint Dominic come to the help of your Church by his merits and teaching, O Lord, and may he, who was an outstanding preacher of…

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Daily Services Thursday 8th August 2019

Aug 8
United Kingdom
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Saint Teresa Benedicta of the Cross (Edith Stein)

Aug 9
St Swithun’s Church, 105 Waverley Road
Portsmouth, Hampshire PO5 2PL United Kingdom

Saint Teresa Benedicta of the Cross’ Story (October 12, 1891 – August 9, 1942) A brilliant philosopher who stopped believing in God when she was 14, Edith Stein was so captivated by reading the autobiography of Teresa of Avila that she began a spiritual journey that led to her Baptism in 1922. Twelve years later, she imitated Teresa by becoming a Carmelite, taking the name Teresa Benedicta of the Cross. Born into a prominent Jewish family in Breslau (now Wroclaw, Poland),…

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Daily Readings Friday 9th August 2019

Aug 9
St Swithun’s Church, 105 Waverley Road
Portsmouth, Hampshire PO5 2PL United Kingdom
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Friday 9 August 2019 Saint Teresa Benedicta of the Cross (Edith Stein), Virgin, Martyr - Feast  Liturgical Colour: Red. Entrance Antiphon: Behold, now she follows the Lamb who was crucified for us, powerful in virginity, modesty her offering, a sacrifice on the altar of chastity. or: Blessed is the virgin who by denying herself and taking up her cross imitated the Lord, the spouse of virgins and prince of martyrs. Collect: God of our Fathers, who brought the Martyr Saint Teresa…

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Daily Services Friday 9th August 2019

Aug 9
United Kingdom
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Saint Lawrence

Aug 10
St Swithun’s Church, 105 Waverley Road
Portsmouth, Hampshire PO5 2PL United Kingdom

Saint Lawrence’s Story (c. 225 – August 10, 258) The esteem in which the Church holds Lawrence is seen in the fact that today’s celebration ranks as a feast. We know very little about his life. He is one of those whose martyrdom made a deep and lasting impression on the early Church. Celebration of his feast day spread rapidly. He was a Roman deacon under Pope Saint Sixtus II. Four days after this pope was put to death, Lawrence and…

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Daily Readings Saturday 10th August 2019

Aug 10
St Swithun’s Church, 105 Waverley Road
Portsmouth, Hampshire PO5 2PL United Kingdom
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Saturday 10 August 2019 Saint Laurence, Deacon, Martyr - Feast  Liturgical Colour: Red. Entrance Antiphon: This is the blessed Lawrence who gave himself up for the treasure of the Church: for this he earned the suffering of martyrdom to ascend with joy to the Lord Jesus Christ. Collect: O God, giver of that ardour of love for you by which Saint Lawrence was outstandingly faithful in service and glorious in martyrdom, grant that we may love what he loved and put…

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Daily Services Saturday 10th August 2019

Aug 10
United Kingdom
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Saint Clare of Assisi

Aug 11
St Swithun’s Church, 105 Waverley Road
Portsmouth, Hampshire PO5 2PL United Kingdom

Saint Clare of Assisi’s Story (July 16, 1194 – August 11, 1253) One of the more sugary movies made about Francis of Assisi pictures Clare as a golden-haired beauty floating through sun-drenched fields, a sort of one-woman counterpart to the new Franciscan Order. The beginning of her religious life was indeed movie material. Having refused to marry at 15, she was moved by the dynamic preaching of Francis. He became her lifelong friend and spiritual guide. At 18, she escaped…

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Daily Readings Sunday 11th August 2019

Aug 11
St Swithun’s Church, 105 Waverley Road
Portsmouth, Hampshire PO5 2PL United Kingdom
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Sunday 11 August 2019 19th Sunday in Ordinary Time  Liturgical Colour: Green. Entrance Antiphon: Cf. Ps 73: 20, 19, 22, 23 Look to your covenant, O Lord, and forget not the life of your poor ones for ever. Arise, O God, and defend your cause, and forget not the cries of those who seek you. Collect: Almighty ever-living God, whom, taught by the Holy Spirit, we dare to call our Father, bring, we pray, to perfection in our hearts the…

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Daily Services Sunday 11th August 2019 – 19th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Aug 11
United Kingdom
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Saint Jane Frances de Chantal

Aug 12
St Swithun’s Church, 105 Waverley Road
Portsmouth, Hampshire PO5 2PL United Kingdom

Saint Jane Frances de Chantal’s Story Jane Frances was wife, mother, nun, and founder of a religious community. Her mother died when she was 18 months old, and her father, head of parliament at Dijon, France, became the main influence on her education. Jane developed into a woman of beauty and refinement, lively and cheerful in temperament. At 21, she married Baron de Chantal, by whom she had six children, three of whom died in infancy. At her castle, she restored the custom…

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Daily Readings Monday 12th August 2019

Aug 12
St Swithun’s Church, 105 Waverley Road
Portsmouth, Hampshire PO5 2PL United Kingdom
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Monday 12 August 2019 Monday of week 19 in Ordinary Time  or Saint Jane Frances de Chantal, Religious  Liturgical Colour: Green. Entrance Antiphon: Cf. Ps 73: 20, 19, 22, 23 Look to your covenant, O Lord, and forget not the life of your poor ones for ever. Arise, O God, and defend your cause, and forget not the cries of those who seek you. Collect: Almighty ever-living God, whom, taught by the Holy Spirit, we dare to call our Father,…

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Daily Services Monday 12th August 2019

Aug 12
United Kingdom
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Saints Pontian and Hippolytus

Aug 13
St Swithun’s Church, 105 Waverley Road
Portsmouth, Hampshire PO5 2PL United Kingdom

Saints Pontian and Hippolytus’ Story (d. 235) Two men died for the faith after harsh treatment and exhaustion in the mines of Sardinia. One had been pope for five years, the other an antipope for 18. They died reconciled. Pontian. Pontian was a Roman who served as pope from 230 to 235. During his reign he held a synod which confirmed the excommunication of the great theologian Origen in Alexandria. Pontian was banished to exile by the Roman emperor in 235,…

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Daily Readings Tuesday 13th August 2019

Aug 13
St Swithun’s Church, 105 Waverley Road
Portsmouth, Hampshire PO5 2PL United Kingdom
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Tuesday 13 August 2019 Tuesday of week 19 in Ordinary Time  or Saints Pontian, Pope, and Hippolytus, Priest, Martyrs  Liturgical Colour: Green. Entrance Antiphon: Cf. Ps 73: 20, 19, 22, 23 Look to your covenant, O Lord, and forget not the life of your poor ones for ever. Arise, O God, and defend your cause, and forget not the cries of those who seek you. Collect: Almighty ever-living God, whom, taught by the Holy Spirit, we dare to call our…

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Daily Services Tuesday 13th August 2019

Aug 13
United Kingdom
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Saint Maximilian Mary Kolbe

Aug 14
St Swithun’s Church, 105 Waverley Road
Portsmouth, Hampshire PO5 2PL United Kingdom

Saint Maximilian Mary Kolbe’s Story (January 8, 1894 – August 14, 1941) “I don’t know what’s going to become of you!” How many parents have said that? Maximilian Mary Kolbe’s reaction was, “I prayed very hard to Our Lady to tell me what would happen to me. She appeared, holding in her hands two crowns, one white, one red. She asked if I would like to have them—one was for purity, the other for martyrdom. I said, ‘I choose both.’ She…

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