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Portsmouth, Hampshire PO5 2PL United Kingdom
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November 2019

Saint Cecilia

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

Saint Cecilia’s Story (d. 230?) Although Cecilia is one of the most famous of the Roman martyrs, the familiar stories about her are apparently not founded on authentic material. There is no trace of honor being paid her in early times. A fragmentary inscription of the late fourth century refers to a church named after her, and her feast was celebrated at least in 545. According to legend, Cecilia was a young Christian of high rank betrothed to a Roman…

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Daily Readings Friday 22nd November 2019

Nov 22
St Swithun’s Church, 105 Waverley Road
Portsmouth, Hampshire PO5 2PL United Kingdom
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Friday 22 November 2019 Friday of week 33 in Ordinary Time (Saint Cecilia, Virgin, Martyr ) 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: O God, who gladden us each year with the feast…

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Daily Services Friday 22nd November 2019

Nov 22
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Parish Devotion for November 22nd 2019 – Fridays – Month of the Holy Souls in Purgatory

Nov 22
St Swithun’s Church, 105 Waverley Road
Portsmouth, Hampshire PO5 2PL United Kingdom
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Blessed Miguel Agustín Pro

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

Blessed Miguel Agustín Pro’s Story (January 13, 1891 – November 23, 1927) ¡Viva Cristo Rey! (Long live Christ the King!) were the last words Pro uttered before he was executed for being a Catholic priest and serving his flock. Born into a prosperous, devout family in Guadalupe de Zacatecas, Mexico, he entered the Jesuits in 1911, but three years later fled to Granada, Spain, because of religious persecution in Mexico. He was ordained in Belgium in 1925. Fr. Pro immediately returned…

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Daily Readings Saturday 23rd November 2019

Nov 23
St Swithun’s Church, 105 Waverley Road
Portsmouth, Hampshire PO5 2PL United Kingdom
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Saturday 23 November 2019 Saturday of week 33 in Ordinary Time  or Saint Clement I, Pope, Martyr  or Saint Columbanus, Abbot and Missionary  or Saturday memorial of the Blessed Virgin Mary  Liturgical Colour: Green. Entrance Antiphon: Jer 29: 11, 12, 14 The Lord said: I think thoughts of peace and not of affliction. You will call upon me, and I will answer you, and I will lead back your captives from every place. Collect: Grant us, we pray, O Lord…

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Daily Services Saturday 23rd November 2019

Nov 23
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Parish Devotion for November 23rd 2019 – Saturdays – Month of the Holy Souls in Purgatory

Nov 23
St Swithun’s Church, 105 Waverley Road
Portsmouth, Hampshire PO5 2PL United Kingdom
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Saint Andrew Dung-Lac and Companions

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

Saint Andrew Dung-Lac and Companions’ Story (d. 1820 – 1862) Andrew Dung-Lac was one of 117 people martyred in Vietnam between 1820 and 1862. Members of this group were beatified on four different occasions between 1900 and 1951. All were canonized by Pope John Paul II. Christianity came to Vietnam through the Portuguese. Jesuits opened the first permanent mission at Da Nang in 1615. They ministered to Japanese Catholics who had been driven from Japan. The king of one of the…

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Daily Readings Sunday 24th November 2019 – Christ the King

Nov 24
St Swithun’s Church, 105 Waverley Road
Portsmouth, Hampshire PO5 2PL United Kingdom
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Sunday 24 November 2019 Christ the King  Liturgical Colour: White. Entrance Antiphon: Rv 5: 12; 1: 6 How worthy is the Lamb who was slain, to receive power and divinity, and wisdom and strength and honour. To him belong glory and power for ever and ever. Collect: Almighty ever-living God, whose will is to restore all things in your beloved Son, the King of the universe, grant, we pray, that the whole creation, set free from slavery, may render your…

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Daily Services Sunday 24th November 2019 – Feast of Christ the King

Nov 24
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Saint Catherine of Alexandria

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

Saint Catherine of Alexandria’s Story (d. c. 310) According to the Legend of St. Catherine, this young woman converted to Christianity after receiving a vision. At the age of 18, she debated 50 pagan philosophers. Amazed at her wisdom and debating skills, they became Christians—as did about 200 soldiers and members of the emperor’s family. All of them were martyred. Sentenced to be executed on a spiked wheel, Catherine touched the wheel and it shattered. She was beheaded. Centuries later, angels are…

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Daily Readings Monday 25th November 2019

Nov 25
St Swithun’s Church, 105 Waverley Road
Portsmouth, Hampshire PO5 2PL United Kingdom
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Monday 25 November 2019 Monday of week 34 in Ordinary Time  or Saint Catherine of Alexandria, Virgin, Martyr  Liturgical Colour: Green. Entrance Antiphon: Cf. Ps 84: 9 The Lord speaks of peace to his people and his holy ones and to those who turn to him. Collect: Stir up the will of your faithful, we pray, O Lord, that, striving more eagerly to bring your divine work to fruitful completion, they may receive in greater measure the healing remedies your…

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Daily Services Monday 25th November 2019

Nov 25
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Parish Devotion for November 25th 2019 – Mondays – Month of the Holy Souls in Purgatory

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

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

Saint Columban’s Story (543 – November 21, 615) Columban was the greatest of the Irish missionaries who worked on the European continent. As a young man who was greatly tormented by temptations of the flesh, he sought the advice of a religious woman who had lived a hermit’s life for years. He saw in her answer a call to leave the world. He went first to a monk on an island in Lough Erne, then to the great monastic seat of…

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Daily Readings Tuesday 26th November 2019

Nov 26
St Swithun’s Church, 105 Waverley Road
Portsmouth, Hampshire PO5 2PL United Kingdom
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Tuesday 26 November 2019 Tuesday of week 34 in Ordinary Time  Liturgical Colour: Green. Entrance Antiphon: Cf. Ps 84: 9 The Lord speaks of peace to his people and his holy ones and to those who turn to him. Collect: Stir up the will of your faithful, we pray, O Lord, that, striving more eagerly to bring your divine work to fruitful completion, they may receive in greater measure the healing remedies your kindness bestows. Through our Lord Jesus Christ,…

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Daily Services Tuesday 26th November 2019

Nov 26
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Parish Devotion for November 26th 2019 – Tuesdays – Month of the Holy Souls in Purgatory

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

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Saint Francesco Antonio Fasani

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

Saint Francesco Antonio Fasani’s Story (August 6, 1681 – November 29, 1742) Born in Lucera, Francesco entered the Conventual Franciscans in 1695. After his ordination 10 years later, he taught philosophy to younger friars, served as guardian of his friary and later became provincial. When his term of office ended, Francesco became master of novices and finally pastor in his hometown. In his various ministries, he was loving, devout, and penitential. He was a sought-after confessor and preacher. One witness…

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Daily Readings Wednesday 27th November 2019

Nov 27
St Swithun’s Church, 105 Waverley Road
Portsmouth, Hampshire PO5 2PL United Kingdom
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Wednesday 27 November 2019 Wednesday of week 34 in Ordinary Time  Liturgical Colour: Green. Entrance Antiphon: Cf. Ps 84: 9 The Lord speaks of peace to his people and his holy ones and to those who turn to him. Collect: Stir up the will of your faithful, we pray, O Lord, that, striving more eagerly to bring your divine work to fruitful completion, they may receive in greater measure the healing remedies your kindness bestows. Through our Lord Jesus Christ,…

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Daily Services Wednesday 27th November 2019

Nov 27
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Parish Devotion for November 27th 2019 – Wednesdays – Month of the Holy Souls in Purgatory

Nov 27
St Swithun’s Church, 105 Waverley Road
Portsmouth, Hampshire PO5 2PL United Kingdom
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Saint James of the Marche

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

Saint James of the Marche’s Story (1394 – November 28, 1476) Meet one of the fathers of the modern pawnshop! James was born in the Marche of Ancona, in central Italy along the Adriatic Sea. After earning doctorates in canon and civil law at the University of Perugia, he joined the Friars Minor and began a very austere life. He fasted nine months of the year; he slept three hours a night. Saint Bernardine of Siena told him to moderate his penances.…

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Daily Readings Thursday 28th November 2019

Nov 28
St Swithun’s Church, 105 Waverley Road
Portsmouth, Hampshire PO5 2PL United Kingdom
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Thursday 28 November 2019 Thursday of week 34 in Ordinary Time  Liturgical Colour: Green. Entrance Antiphon: Cf. Ps 84: 9 The Lord speaks of peace to his people and his holy ones and to those who turn to him. Collect: Stir up the will of your faithful, we pray, O Lord, that, striving more eagerly to bring your divine work to fruitful completion, they may receive in greater measure the healing remedies your kindness bestows. Through our Lord Jesus Christ,…

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Daily Services Thursday 28th November 2019

Nov 28
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Parish Devotion for November 28th 2019 – Thursdays – Month of the Holy Souls in Purgatory

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

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

Saint Clement’s Story (d. 101) Clement of Rome was the third successor of Saint Peter, reigning as pope during the last decade of the first century. He’s known as one of the Church’s five “Apostolic Fathers,” those who provided a direct link between the Apostles and later generations of Church Fathers. His First Epistle to the Corinthians was preserved and widely read in the early Church. This letter from the bishop of Rome to the Church in Corinth concerns a split that…

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Daily Readings Friday 29th November 2019

Nov 29
St Swithun’s Church, 105 Waverley Road
Portsmouth, Hampshire PO5 2PL United Kingdom
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Friday 29 November 2019 Friday of week 34 in Ordinary Time  Liturgical Colour: Green. Entrance Antiphon: Cf. Ps 84: 9 The Lord speaks of peace to his people and his holy ones and to those who turn to him. Collect: Stir up the will of your faithful, we pray, O Lord, that, striving more eagerly to bring your divine work to fruitful completion, they may receive in greater measure the healing remedies your kindness bestows. Through our Lord Jesus Christ,…

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Daily Services Friday 29th November 2019

Nov 29
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Parish Devotion for November 29th 2019 – Fridays – Month of the Holy Souls in Purgatory

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

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

Saint Andrew’s Story (d. 60?) Andrew was St. Peter’s brother, and was called with him. “As was walking by the sea of Galilee, he saw two brothers, Simon who is now called Peter, and his brother Andrew, casting a net into the sea; they were fishermen. He said to them, ‘Come after me, and I will make you fishers of men.’ At once they left their nets and followed him” (Matthew 4:18-20). John the Evangelist presents Andrew as a disciple…

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Daily Readings Saturday 30th November 2019

Nov 30
St Swithun’s Church, 105 Waverley Road
Portsmouth, Hampshire PO5 2PL United Kingdom
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Saturday 30 November 2019 Saint Andrew, Apostle - Feast  Liturgical Colour: Red. Entrance Antiphon: Matthew 28: 20 Beside the Sea of Galilee, the Lord saw two brothers, Peter and Andrew, and he said to them: Come after me and I will make you fishers of men. Collect: We humbly implore your majesty, O Lord, that, just as the blessed Apostle Andrew was for your Church a preacher and pastor, so he may be for us a constant intercessor before you. Through…

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Daily Services Saturday 30th November 2019

Nov 30
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Parish Devotion for November 30th 2019 – Saturdays – Month of the Holy Souls in Purgatory

Nov 30
St Swithun’s Church, 105 Waverley Road
Portsmouth, Hampshire PO5 2PL United Kingdom
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December 2019

Blessed Charles de Foucauld

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

Blessed Charles de Foucauld’s Story (September 15, 1858 – December 1, 1916) Born into an aristocratic family in Strasbourg, France, Charles was orphaned at the age of 6, raised by his devout grandfather, rejected the Catholic faith as a teenager, and joined the French army. Inheriting a great deal of money from his grandfather, Charles went to Algeria with his regiment, but not without his mistress, Mimi. When he declined to give her up, he was dismissed from the army.…

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Daily Readings Sunday 1st December 2019

Dec 1
St Swithun’s Church, 105 Waverley Road
Portsmouth, Hampshire PO5 2PL United Kingdom
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Sunday 1 December 2019 1st Sunday of Advent  Liturgical Colour: Violet. Entrance Antiphon: Cf. Ps 24: 1-3 To you, I lift up my soul, O my God. In you, I have trusted; let me not be put to shame. Nor let my enemies exult over me; and let none who hope in you be put to shame. Collect: Grant your faithful, we pray, almighty God, the resolve to run forth to meet your Christ with righteous deeds at his coming,…

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Blessed Rafal Chylinski

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

Blessed Rafal Chylinski’s Story (January 8, 1694 – December 2, 1741) Born near Buk in the Poznan region of Poland, Melchior showed early signs of religious devotion; family members nicknamed him “the little monk.” After completing his studies at the Jesuit college in Poznan, Melchior joined the cavalry and was promoted to officer rank within three years. In 1715, against the urgings of his military comrades, Melchior joined the Conventual Franciscans in Krakow. Receiving the name Rafal, he was ordained two years later.…

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Daily Readings Monday 2nd December 2019

Dec 2
St Swithun’s Church, 105 Waverley Road
Portsmouth, Hampshire PO5 2PL United Kingdom
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Monday 2 December 2019 Monday of the 1st week of Advent  Liturgical Colour: Violet. Entrance Antiphon: Cf. Jer 31: 10; Is 35: 4 Hear the word of the Lord, O nations; declare it to the distant lands: Behold, our Saviour will come; you need no longer fear. Collect: Keep us alert, we pray, O Lord our God, as we await the advent of Christ your Son, so that, when he comes and knocks, he may find us watchful in prayer…

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Daily Services Monday 2nd December 2019

Dec 2
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Saint Francis Xavier

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

Saint Francis Xavier’s Story (April 7, 1506 – December 3, 1552) Jesus asked, “What profit would there be for one to gain the whole world and forfeit his life?” (Matthew 16:26a). The words were repeated to a young teacher of philosophy who had a highly promising career in academics, with success and a life of prestige and honor before him. Francis Xavier, 24 at the time, and living and teaching in Paris, did not heed these words at once. They came…

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Daily Readings Tuesday 3rd December 2019

Dec 3
St Swithun’s Church, 105 Waverley Road
Portsmouth, Hampshire PO5 2PL United Kingdom
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Tuesday 3 December 2019 Tuesday of the 1st week of Advent (Saint Francis Xavier, Priest ) Liturgical Colour: White. Entrance Antiphon: Ps 17: 50; 21: 23 I will praise you, Lord, among the nations; I will tell of your name to my kin. Collect: O God, who through the preaching of Saint Francis Xavier won many peoples to yourself, grant that the hearts of the faithful may burn with the same zeal for the faith and that Holy Church may everywhere…

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Daily Services Tuesday 3rd December 2019

Dec 3
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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 Wednesday 4th December 2019

Dec 4
St Swithun’s Church, 105 Waverley Road
Portsmouth, Hampshire PO5 2PL United Kingdom
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Wednesday 4 December 2019 Wednesday of the 1st week of Advent  or Saint John Damascene, Priest, Doctor  Liturgical Colour: Violet. Entrance Antiphon: Cf. Hab 2: 3; 1 Cor 4: 5 The Lord will come and he will not delay. He will illumine what is hidden in darkness and reveal himself to all the nations. Collect: Prepare our hearts, we pray, O Lord our God, by your divine power, so that at the coming of Christ your Son we may be…

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Daily Services Wednesday 4th December 2019

Dec 4
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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 Thursday 5th December 2019

Dec 5
St Swithun’s Church, 105 Waverley Road
Portsmouth, Hampshire PO5 2PL United Kingdom
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Thursday 5 December 2019 Thursday of the 1st week of Advent  Liturgical Colour: Violet. Entrance Antiphon: Cf. Ps 118: 151-152 You, O Lord, are close, and all your ways are truth. From of old I have known of your decrees, for you are eternal. Collect: Stir up your power, O Lord, and come to our help with mighty strength, that what our sins impede the grace of your mercy may hasten. Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives…

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Daily Services Thursday 5th December 2019

Dec 5
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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 Friday 6th December 2019

Dec 6
St Swithun’s Church, 105 Waverley Road
Portsmouth, Hampshire PO5 2PL United Kingdom
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Friday 6 December 2019 Friday of the 1st week of Advent  or Saint Nicholas, Bishop  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 may be…

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Daily Services Friday 6th December 2019

Dec 6
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Saint Ambrose

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

Saint Ambrose’ Story (337 – April 4, 397) One of Ambrose’s biographers observed that at the Last Judgment, people would still be divided between those who admired Ambrose and those who heartily disliked him. He emerges as the man of action who cut a furrow through the lives of his contemporaries. Even royal personages were numbered among those who were to suffer crushing divine punishments for standing in Ambrose’s way. When the Empress Justina attempted to wrest two basilicas from…

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Daily Readings Saturday 7th December 2019

Dec 7
St Swithun’s Church, 105 Waverley Road
Portsmouth, Hampshire PO5 2PL United Kingdom
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Saturday 7 December 2019 Saturday of the 1st week of Advent (Saint Ambrose, Bishop, Doctor ) 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: O God, who made the Bishop Saint Ambrose a teacher of the Catholic faith and a model of apostolic courage, raise up in your Church…

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Daily Services Saturday 7th December 2019

Dec 7
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Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception

Dec 8
St Swithun’s Church, 105 Waverley Road
Portsmouth, Hampshire PO5 2PL United Kingdom
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The Story of the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception A feast called the Conception of Mary arose in the Eastern Church in the seventh century. It came to the West in the eighth century. In the 11th century it received its present name, the Immaculate Conception. In the 18th century it became a feast of the universal Church. It is now recognized as a solemnity. In 1854, Pius IX solemnly proclaimed: “The most Blessed Virgin Mary, in the first instant…

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Daily Readings Sunday 8th December 2019 – 2nd Sunday of Advent

Dec 8
St Swithun’s Church, 105 Waverley Road
Portsmouth, Hampshire PO5 2PL United Kingdom
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Sunday 8 December 2019 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…

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Daily Services Sunday 8th December 2019 SECOND SUNDAY OF ADVENT

Dec 8
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First Holy Communion Programme – 08-12-2019

Dec 8 @ 10:15 am - 11:30 pm
St Swithun’s Church, 105 Waverley Road
Portsmouth, Hampshire PO5 2PL United Kingdom

First Holy Communion Programme September 2019 to June 2020 for St Swithun's  & Our Lady of Lourdes Parish Preparing to receive the Sacraments of Reconciliation and Holy Communion for the first time can be one of the most memorable experiences parents share with their children. Our Parish's programme will start in September and there will be a number of sessions on both Mondays and after the 10:15am Sunday Mass at St Swithun's.  It is important that you return the form below…

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Saint Juan Diego

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

Saint Juan Diego’s Story (1474 – May 30, 1548) Thousands of people gathered in the Basilica of Our Lady of Guadalupe July 31, 2002, for the canonization of Juan Diego, to whom the Blessed Mother appeared in the 16th century. Pope John Paul II celebrated the ceremony at which the poor Indian peasant became the Church’s first saint indigenous to the Americas. The Holy Father called the new saint “a simple, humble Indian” who accepted Christianity without giving up his…

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Daily Readings Monday 9th December 2019

Dec 9
St Swithun’s Church, 105 Waverley Road
Portsmouth, Hampshire PO5 2PL United Kingdom
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Sunday 8 December 2019 2nd Sunday of Advent  Liturgical Colour: Violet. Entrance Antiphon: Is 61: 10 I rejoice heartily in the Lord, in my God is the joy of my soul; for he has clothed me with a robe of salvation, and wrapped me in a mantle of justice, like a bride adorned with her jewels. Collect: O God, who by the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin prepared a worthy dwelling for your Son, grant, we pray, that, as…

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Daily Services Monday 9th December 2019

Dec 9
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Blessed Adolph Kolping

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

Blessed Adolph Kolping’s Story (December 8, 1813 – December 4, 1865) The rise of the factory system in 19th-century Germany brought many single men into cities where they faced new challenges to their faith. Father Adolph Kolping began a ministry to them, hoping that they would not be lost to the Catholic faith, as was happening to workers elsewhere in industrialized Europe. Born in the village of Kerpen, Adolph became a shoemaker at an early age because of his family’s…

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Daily Readings Tuesday 10th December 2019

Dec 10
St Swithun’s Church, 105 Waverley Road
Portsmouth, Hampshire PO5 2PL United Kingdom
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Tuesday 10 December 2019 Tuesday of the 2nd week of Advent  Liturgical Colour: Violet. Entrance Antiphon: Cf. Zec 14: 5, 7 Behold, the Lord will come, and all his holy ones with him; and on that day there will be a great light. Collect: O God, who have shown forth your salvation to all the ends of the earth, grant, we pray, that we may look forward in joy to the glorious Nativity of Christ. Who lives and reigns with…

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Daily Services Tuesday 10th December 2019

Dec 10
United Kingdom
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Saint Damasus I

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

Saint Damasus I’s Story (304 – December 11, 384) To his secretary Saint Jerome, Damasus was “an incomparable person, learned in the Scriptures, a virgin doctor of the virgin Church, who loved chastity and heard its praises with pleasure.” Damasus seldom heard such unrestrained praise. Internal political struggles, doctrinal heresies, uneasy relations with his fellow bishops and those of the Eastern Church marred the peace of his pontificate. The son of a Roman priest, possibly of Spanish extraction, Damasus started…

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Daily Readings Wednesday 11th December 2019

Dec 11
St Swithun’s Church, 105 Waverley Road
Portsmouth, Hampshire PO5 2PL United Kingdom
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Wednesday 11 December 2019 Wednesday of the 2nd week of Advent  or Saint Damasus I, Pope  Liturgical Colour: Violet. Entrance Antiphon: Cf. Hab 2: 3; 1 Cor 4: 5 The Lord will come and he will not delay. He will illumine what is hidden in darkness and reveal himself to all the nations. Collect: Almighty God, who command us to prepare the way for Christ the Lord, grant in your kindness, we pray, that no infirmity may weary us as…

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Daily Services Wednesday 11th December 2019

Dec 11
United Kingdom
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Our Lady of Guadalupe

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

The Story of Our Lady of Guadalupe The feast in honor of Our Lady of Guadalupe goes back to the 16th century. Chronicles of that period tell us the story. A poor Indian named Cuauhtlatohuac was baptized and given the name Juan Diego. He was a 57-year-old widower and lived in a small village near Mexico City. On Saturday morning, December 9, 1531, he was on his way to a nearby barrio to attend Mass in honor of Our Lady. He was…

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Daily Readings Thursday 12th December 2019

Dec 12
St Swithun’s Church, 105 Waverley Road
Portsmouth, Hampshire PO5 2PL United Kingdom
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Thursday 12 December 2019 Thursday of the 2nd week of Advent  or Our Lady of Guadalupe  Liturgical Colour: Violet. Entrance Antiphon: Cf. Is 40: 10; 35: 5 You, O Lord, are close, and all your ways are truth. From of old I have known of your decrees, for you are eternal. Collect: Stir up our hearts, O Lord, to make ready the paths of your Only Begotten Son, that through his coming, we may be found worthy to serve you…

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Daily Services Thursday 12th December 2019

Dec 12
United Kingdom
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Saint Lucy

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

Saint Lucy’s Story (283 – 304) Every little girl named Lucy must bite her tongue in disappointment when she first tries to find out what there is to know about her patron saint. The older books will have a lengthy paragraph detailing a small number of traditions. Newer books will have a lengthy paragraph showing that there is little basis in history for these traditions. The single fact survives that a disappointed suitor accused Lucy of being a Christian and she…

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Daily Readings Friday 13th December 2019

Dec 13
St Swithun’s Church, 105 Waverley Road
Portsmouth, Hampshire PO5 2PL United Kingdom
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Friday 13 December 2019 Friday of the 2nd week of Advent (Saint Lucy, Virgin, Martyr ) 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: May the glorious intercession of the Virgin and Martyr Saint…

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Daily Services Friday 13th December 2019

Dec 13
United Kingdom
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Saint John of the Cross

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

Saint John of the Cross’ Story (June 24, 1541 – December 14, 1591) John is a saint because his life was a heroic effort to live up to his name: “of the Cross.” The folly of the cross came to full realization in time. “Whoever wishes to come after me must deny himself, take up his cross, and follow me” (Mark 8:34b) is the story of John’s life. The Paschal Mystery—through death to life—strongly marks John as reformer, mystic-poet, and…

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Daily Readings Saturday 14th December 2019

Dec 14
St Swithun’s Church, 105 Waverley Road
Portsmouth, Hampshire PO5 2PL United Kingdom
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Saturday 14 December 2019 Saturday of the 2nd week of Advent (Saint John of the Cross, Priest, Doctor ) Liturgical Colour: White. Entrance Antiphon: Gal 6: 14 May I never boast, except in the Cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, through which the world has been crucified to me, and I to the world. Collect: O God, who gave the Priest Saint John an outstanding dedication to perfect self-denial and love of the Cross, grant that, by imitating him closely at…

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Daily Services Saturday 14th December 2019

Dec 14
United Kingdom
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Blessed Mary Frances Schervier

Dec 15
St Swithun’s Church, 105 Waverley Road
Portsmouth, Hampshire PO5 2PL United Kingdom

Blessed Mary Frances Schervier’s Story (January 3,1819 – December 14, 1876) This woman who once wanted to become a Trappistine nun was instead led by God to establish a community of sisters who care for the sick and aged in the United States and throughout the world. Born into a distinguished family in Aachen (then ruled by Prussia but formerly Aix-la-Chapelle, France), Frances ran the household after her mother’s death and established a reputation for generosity to the poor. In…

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Daily Readings Sunday 15th December 2019 – 3rd Sunday of Advent

Dec 15
St Swithun’s Church, 105 Waverley Road
Portsmouth, Hampshire PO5 2PL United Kingdom
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Sunday 15 December 2019 3rd Sunday of Advent  Liturgical Colour: Rose or Violet. Entrance Antiphon: Phil 4: 4-5 Rejoice in the Lord always; again I say, rejoice. Indeed, the Lord is near. Collect: O God, who see how your people faithfully await the feast of the Lord’s Nativity, enable us, we pray, to attain the joys of so great a salvation and to celebrate them always with solemn worship and glad rejoicing. Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who…

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Daily Services Sunday 15th December 2019 THIRD SUNDAY OF ADVENT

Dec 15
United Kingdom
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Blessed Honoratus Kozminski

Dec 16
St Swithun’s Church, 105 Waverley Road
Portsmouth, Hampshire PO5 2PL United Kingdom

Blessed Honoratus Kozminski’s Story (October 16, 1829 – December 16, 1916) Wenceslaus was born in Biala Podlaska in 1829. By the age of 11 he had lost his faith. By the age of 16 his father died. He attended architecture school at the School of Fine Arts in Warsaw. Suspected of participating in a rebellious conspiracy against the Czarists in Poland, he was imprisoned from April 1846 until March of 1847. His life then took a turn for the better,…

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Daily Readings Monday 16th December 2019

Dec 16
St Swithun’s Church, 105 Waverley Road
Portsmouth, Hampshire PO5 2PL United Kingdom
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Monday 16 December 2019 Monday of the 3rd week of Advent  Liturgical Colour: Violet. Entrance Antiphon: Cf. Jer 31: 10; Is 35: 4 Hear the word of the Lord, O nations; declare it to the distant lands: Behold, our Saviour will come; you need no longer fear. Collect: Incline a merciful ear to our cry, we pray, O Lord, and, casting light on the darkness of our hearts, visit us with the grace of your Son. Who lives and reigns…

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Daily Services Monday 16th December 2019

Dec 16
United Kingdom
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First Holy Communion Programme – 16-12-2019

Dec 16 @ 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm
St Swithun’s Church, 105 Waverley Road
Portsmouth, Hampshire PO5 2PL United Kingdom

First Holy Communion Programme September 2019 to June 2020 for St Swithun's  & Our Lady of Lourdes Parish Preparing to receive the Sacraments of Reconciliation and Holy Communion for the first time can be one of the most memorable experiences parents share with their children. Our Parish's programme will start in September and there will be a number of sessions on both Mondays and after the 10:15am Sunday Mass at St Swithun's.  It is important that you return the form below…

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Saint Hildegard of Bingen

Dec 17
St Swithun’s Church, 105 Waverley Road
Portsmouth, Hampshire PO5 2PL United Kingdom

Saint Hildegard of Bingen’s Story (September 16, 1098 – September 17, 1179) Abbess, artist, author, composer, mystic, pharmacist, poet, preacher, theologian—where to begin describing this remarkable woman? Born into a noble family, she was instructed for ten years by the holy woman Blessed Jutta. When Hildegard was 18, she became a Benedictine nun at the Monastery of Saint Disibodenberg. Ordered by her confessor to write down the visions that she had received since the age of three, Hildegard took ten years…

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Daily Readings Tuesday 17th December 2019

Dec 17
St Swithun’s Church, 105 Waverley Road
Portsmouth, Hampshire PO5 2PL United Kingdom
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Tuesday 17 December 2019 17 December  Liturgical Colour: Violet. Entrance Antiphon: Cf. Is 49: 13 Rejoice, O heavens, and exult, O earth, for our Lord will come to show mercy to his poor. Collect: O God, Creator and Redeemer of human nature, who willed that your Word should take flesh in an ever-virgin womb, look with favour on our prayers, that your Only Begotten Son, having taken to himself our humanity, may be pleased to grant us a share in…

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Daily Services Tuesday 17th December 2019

Dec 17
United Kingdom
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Blessed Anthony Grassi

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

Blessed Anthony Grassi’s Story (November 13, 1592 – December 13, 1671) Anthony’s father died when his son was only 10 years old, but the young lad inherited his father’s devotion to Our Lady of Loreto. As a schoolboy, he frequented the local church of the Oratorian Fathers, joining the religious order when he was 17. Already a fine student, he soon gained a reputation in his religious community as a “walking dictionary” who quickly grasped Scripture and theology. For some…

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Daily Readings Wednesday 18th December 2019

Dec 18
St Swithun’s Church, 105 Waverley Road
Portsmouth, Hampshire PO5 2PL United Kingdom
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Wednesday 18 December 2019 18 December  Liturgical Colour: Violet. Entrance Antiphon: Christ our King is coming, he is the Lamb foretold by John. Collect: Grant, we pray, almighty God, that we, who are weighed down from of old by slavery beneath the yoke of sin, may be set free by the newness of the long-awaited Nativity of your Only Begotten Son. Who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever.…

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Daily Services Wednesday 18th December 2019

Dec 18
United Kingdom
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Blessed Pope Urban V

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

Blessed Pope Urban V’s Story (1310 – December 19, 1370) In 1362, the man elected pope declined the office. When the cardinals could not find another person among them for that important office, they turned to a relative stranger: the holy person we honor today. The new Pope Urban V proved a wise choice. A Benedictine monk and canon lawyer, he was deeply spiritual and brilliant. He lived simply and modestly, which did not always earn him friends among clergymen…

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Daily Readings Thursday 19th December 2019

Dec 19
St Swithun’s Church, 105 Waverley Road
Portsmouth, Hampshire PO5 2PL United Kingdom
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Thursday 19 December 2019 19 December  Liturgical Colour: Violet. Entrance Antiphon: Cf. Heb 10: 37 He who is to come will come and will not delay, and now there will be no fear within our land, for he is our Saviour. Collect: O God, who through the child-bearing of the holy Virgin graciously revealed the radiance of your glory to the world, grant, we pray, that we may venerate with integrity of faith the mystery of so wondrous an Incarnation…

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Daily Services Thursday 19th December 2019

Dec 19
United Kingdom
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Saint Dominic of Silos

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

Saint Dominic of Silos’ Story (c. 1000 – December 20, 1073) It’s not the founder of the Dominicans we honor today, but there’s a poignant story that connects both Dominics. Our saint today, Dominic of Silos, was born in Spain around the year 1000 into a peasant family. As a young boy he spent time in the fields, where he welcomed the solitude. He became a Benedictine priest and served in numerous leadership positions. Following a dispute with the king…

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Daily Readings Friday 20th December 2019

Dec 20
St Swithun’s Church, 105 Waverley Road
Portsmouth, Hampshire PO5 2PL United Kingdom
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Friday 20 December 2019 20 December  Liturgical Colour: Violet. Entrance Antiphon: Cf. Is 11: 1; 40: 5; Luke 3: 6 A branch shall sprout from the root of Jesse, and the glory of the Lord will fill the whole earth, and all flesh will see the salvation of God. Collect: O God, eternal majesty, whose ineffable Word the immaculate Virgin received through the message of an Angel and so became the dwelling-place of divinity, filled with the light of the…

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Daily Services Friday 20th December 2019

Dec 20
United Kingdom
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Daily Services Saturday 21st December 2019

Dec 21
United Kingdom
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Saint Peter Canisius

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

Saint Peter Canisius’ Story (May 8,1521 – December 21, 1597) The energetic life of Peter Canisius should demolish any stereotypes we may have of the life of a saint as dull or routine. Peter lived his 76 years at a pace which must be considered heroic, even in our time of rapid change. A man blessed with many talents, Peter is an excellent example of the scriptural man who develops his talents for the sake of the Lord’s work. He…

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Daily Readings Saturday 21st December 2019

Dec 21
St Swithun’s Church, 105 Waverley Road
Portsmouth, Hampshire PO5 2PL United Kingdom
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Saturday 21 December 2019 21 December  (optional commemoration of Saint Peter Canisius, Priest, Doctor) Liturgical Colour: Violet. Entrance Antiphon: Cf. Is 7: 14; 8: 10 The Lord and Ruler will be coming soon, and his name will be called Emmanuel, because he will be called God-with-us. Collect: Hear in kindness, O Lord, the prayers of your people, that those who rejoice at the coming of your Only Begotten Son in our flesh may, when at last he comes in glory,…

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Blessed Jacopone da Todi

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

Blessed Jacopone da Todi’s Story (c. 1230 – December 25, 1306) Jacomo, or James, was born a noble member of the Benedetti family in the northern Italian city of Todi. He became a successful lawyer and married a pious, generous lady named Vanna. His young wife took it upon herself to do penance for the worldly excesses of her husband. One day Vanna, at the insistence of Jacomo, attended a public tournament. She was sitting in the stands with the…

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