Theme of the Mass: God’s burning love for humanity
God, who in generous mercy sent the Holy Spirit upon your Church in the burning fire of your love: grant that your people may be fervent in the fellowship of the gospel that, always abiding in you, they may be found steadfast in faith and active in service; through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord, who is alive and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever.
Readings at Mass
1st Reading. Jonah 3:10-4:11. Jonah needs to comprehend God’s gratuitous mercy and compassion.
2nd Reading. Philippians 1:21-end. Writing from prison, Paul is thinking about his death and longing for complete union with Christ, the perfection of that loving communion with God for which we are made.
Gospel. St Matthew. 20:1-16. The parable of the workers in the vineyard teaches about the total generosity of God’s love, which soars above human standards and expectations.
The gift of life, the gift of ourselves, is given to us by the God who asks: ’Do you begrudge my generosity?’ This, then, is our great life’s work: to accept ourselves as the mysterious and gradually revealed gift of the eternal generosity of God. For everything that we are and have, even the painful and mysterious, is God’s generous gift; we must not grumble at it but must accept it in the knowledge that when we do so God gives himself with his gift – here again the parable falls short of the reality – and so gives us everything that we could receive. To do this is the wisdom and the chief work of a Christian life. If we look into our own lives we will find that we have not always done it. All of us, young and old alike, are really latecomers. And yet God is willing to give us everything if we will only accept it-ourselves and himself and life without end (Karl Rahner SJ).
Let’s continue to join together each day in a fellowship of prayer in union with Christ our Lord who unites us to him and to one another wherever we are.
Every day at St Gabriel’s:8am Morning Prayer; 6pm Evening Prayer. Join with us at these times or any time that works for you.
You might like to begin your Morning Prayer with:
The night has passed and the day lies open before us; as we rejoice in the gift of a new day, so may.
And your Evening Prayer with:
As our evening prayer rises before you O God, so may your Christ banish all darkness from our hearts and minds and set us free to sing your praise, now and for ever. Amen
In your intercessions please remember and pray for John our Archbishop and those to be ordained to the Diaconate and to the Priesthood at Brecon cathedral at Michaelmas.
For those to be Ordained to the Priesthood on Saturday September 26th:
Sam Aldred; Peter Letson; Meinir Ronicle; Janet Day; Gill Todd; Sister Marian; Sally Rees; Samuel Patterson.
and those to be Ordained Deacon on Sunday September 27th:
Sue Northcott; Sue Waite; Annabelle Elletson; Biddy Wigley; Lucy McKeown; Jon Howard
Most gracious God, lovingly heed our prayers and enlighten the hearts of those whom you have called. Enable them to minister worthily to your mysteries, to love you with an everlasting love and to attain joys without end; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen
Eternal God, shed your light on us who watch for you, that our lips may praise you, our hearts bless you, and our lives glorify you; through Jesus Christ our Saviour. Amen
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St Gabriel’s is now open for Mass each Sunday at 9.30am. Numbers are limited due to the need for social distancing. If you want to attend please contact Keith Rogers – tel 578097 or by email
Please remember the need to maintain social distancing outside the church building before and after Mass … and please remember too that face masks are now required.