Congratulations on the birth of a son to TRH the Duke & Duchess of Cambridge

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On behalf of the whole National Catholic Church of the United Kingdom and Ireland, I offer sincerest congratulations and best wishes to TRH The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge on the birth of their son, to TRH The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall and to HM The Queen and HRH The Duke of Edinburgh.

I encourage all members of the Church to offer prayers of thanksgiving on the birth of our future King and I ask all clergy to offer a Mass of Thanksgiving as soon as possible and to pray the Te Deum at the end of Mass.

God save The Queen
God bless The Prince of Wales
God bless The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and their son.

ǂ Peter Anglianensis
Bedford, 22 July 2013.

Prayer for peace in Belfast

Following the call for prayers for peace in Belfast from the President of the Methodist Church in Ireland, the Presiding Archbishop of the NCC has reiterated this call for prayer.

Speaking this evening from Bedford, Archbishop Peter said, 

“I earnestly ask that all priests and members of the National Catholic Church of the UK and Ireland pray this prayer in Christian solidarity with their brothers and sisters in Belfast.”

The Prayer for Peace

God of love whose love streams unceasingly and relentlessly to all, we cry to you for our city. We pray for peace on our streets, for economic well-being, for understanding across our differences. Build us as one community, though diverse, that being reconciled to you we might be reconciled to one another. Lord, turn our hearts to you that your glory might dwell in this city. We pray this in the name of Jesus who is Lord of all. Amen.

Our Blessed Lady, Queen of Peace, pray for the people of Belfast.

St Joseph in the Eucharistic Prayers: a Decree

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FOR A PERMANENT RECORD OF THE MATTER

The National Catholic Church of the United Kingdom and Ireland shares the devotion of all Catholics to St Joseph, the spouse most chaste of the Mother of God and the heavenly Patron of the universal Church.

Although our Church is not in communion with the Holy See, we do use the Roman Rite in all its forms since and including the Roman Missal of Blessed Pope John XXIII (the 1962 Missale Romanum) for the celebration of the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass.

We therefore decree that all clergy of the National Catholic Church are to follow the instruction of the Roman Catholic Church’s Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments, confirmed by the Bishop of Rome Francis, in that from henceforth the name of St Joseph is to be inserted into Eucharistic Prayers II, III, and IV in the Roman Missal of Venerable Paul VI (1970) and its subsequent revisions. Eucharistic Prayer I (The Roman Canon – Canon Missae) is unchanged.

The wording to be used is as follows:

English:

Eucharistic Prayer II

Have mercy on us all, we pray,
that with the Blessed Virgin Mary, Mother of God,
with blessed Joseph, her Spouse,
with the blessed Apostles,
and all the Saints who have pleased you throughout the ages,
we may merit to be coheirs to eternal life,
and may praise and glorify you
through your Son, Jesus Christ.

Eucharistic Prayer III

May he make of us
an eternal offering to you,
so that we may obtain an inheritance with your elect,
especially with the most Blessed Virgin Mary, Mother of God,
with blessed Joseph, her Spouse,
with your blessed Apostles and glorious Martyrs
(with Saint N.: the Saint of the day or Patron Saint)
and with all the Saints,
on whose constant intercession in your presence
we rely for unfailing help. 

Eucharistic Prayer IV

To all of us, your children,
grant, O merciful Father,
that we may enter into a heavenly inheritance
with the Blessed Virgin Mary, Mother of God,
with blessed Joseph, her Spouse,
and with your Apostles and Saints in your kingdom.
There, with the whole of creation,
freed from the corruption of sin and death,
may we glorify you through Christ our Lord,
through whom you bestow on the world all that is good.

Latin:

Prex Eucharistica II

Omnium nostrum, quǽsumus, miserére,
ut cum beáta Dei Genetríce Vírgine María,
beáto Ioseph, eius Sponso,
beátis Apóstolis et ómnibus Sanctis,
qui tibi a sǽculo placuérunt,
ætérnae vitæ mereámur esse consórtes,
et te laudémus et glorificémus
per Fílium tuum Iesum Christum.

Prex Eucharistica III

Ipse nos tibi perfíciat munus ætérnum,
ut cum eléctis tuis hereditátem cónsequi valeámus,
in primis cum beatíssima Vírgine, Dei Genetríce, María,
cum beáto Ioseph, eius Sponso,
cum beátis Apóstolis tuis et gloriósis Martýribus
(cum Sancto N.: Sancto diei vel patrono)
et ómnibus Sanctis,
quorum intercessióne
perpétuo apud te confídimus adiuvári.

Prex Eucharistica IV

Nobis ómnibus, fíliis tuis, clemens Pater, concéde,
ut cæléstem hereditátem cónsequi valeámus
cum beáta Vírgine, Dei Genetríce, María,
cum beáto Ioseph, eius Sponso,
cum Apóstolis et Sanctis tuis
in regno tuo, ubi cum univérsa creatúra,
a corruptióne peccáti et mortis liberáta,
te glorificémus per Christum Dóminum nostrum,
per quem mundo bona cuncta largíris.

Datum Crossae, die 14 mensis Iulii Anno Domini MMXIII atque Pontificatus Nostri primo.
Given under Our hand this fourteenth day of the month of July in the Year of Our Lord 2013 and of Our Pontificate the first

‡ Petrus Anglianensis

Canonisation of Blessed John Paul II and Blessed John XXIII

It is with great joy that we hear today from the Vatican that two previous Bishops of Rome, Blessed John XXIII (1958-1963) and Blessed John Paul II (1978-2005) are to be declared Saints by Pope Francis.

Blessed John XXIII

Born Angelo Guiseppe Roncalli in 1881, he was the fourth child of fourteen. He was ordained a priest on August 10 1904 and served in various posts including appointment as Papal Nuncio in several countries, including France (1944), Bulgaria and Greece. Pope Pius XII made him a Cardinal on January 12 1953 in addition to naming him the Patriarch of Venice. His election as Pope on 28 October 1958 at the age of 77 came as something of a surprise. Those who expected him to be a caretaker Pope were even more surprised by his calling of the historic Second Vatican Council (1962–1965), the first session opening on October 11 1962. He did not live to see it to completion, dying in 1963 on June 3 of stomach cancer, four-and-a-half years after his election, and two months after the completion of his final and famed encyclical, Pacem in Terris.

Blessed John XXIII’s passionate views on equality were summed up in his famous statement ‘We were all made in God’s image, and thus, we are all Godly alike.’ He was known to many as “Good Pope John”.

He was buried in the Vatican grottoes beneath Saint Peter’s Basilica on June 6 1963 and was beatified on 3 September 2000 by Pope John Paul II. Following his beatification, his body was moved from its original place to the altar of Saint Jerome where it could be seen by the faithful.

Blessed John Paul II

Born Karol Josef Wojtyla in Wadowice,Poland, in 1920, Blessed John Paul II was acclaimed as one of the most influential leaders of the 20th century. He is credited with helping to end Communist rule in his native Poland and eventually all of Europe. John Paul II significantly improved the Catholic Church’s relations with Judaism, Islam, the Eastern Orthodox Church, and the Anglican Communion. Though criticised for upholding the Church’s teachings against artificial contraception and the ordination of women, and for his support of the Church’s Second Vatican Council and its reform, he was also praised for his firm, orthodox Catholic stances. He is also renowned for his implementation of several papal documents pertaining to the role of the Church in the modern world.

He was one of the most travelled world leaders in history, visiting 129 countries during his pontificate. As part of his special emphasis on the universal call to holiness, he beatified 1,340 people and canonised 483 saints, more than the combined tally of his predecessors during the preceding five centuries. He named most of the present College of Cardinals, consecrated or co-consecrated a large number of the world’s past and current bishops, and ordained many priests. A key goal of his papacy was to transform and reposition the Catholic Church. His wish was “to place his Church at the heart of a new religious alliance that would bring together Jews, Muslims and Christians in a great [religious] armada”. On 19 December 2009, John Paul II was proclaimed venerable by his successor Pope Benedict XVI and was beatified on 1 May 2011 after the Congregation for the Causes of Saints attributed one miracle to him, the healing of a French nun from Parkinson’s disease. An second miracle was approved on 2 July 2013 and has now been approved by Pope Francis thus leading to his canonisation later this year.

(Based on the Wikipedia Articles)

In union with all Catholics the world over, the NCC gives thanks for the lives of these two great men of God.

Blessed John XXIII: Pray for us.
Blessed John Paul II: Pray for us.