IT IS WITH GREAT SADNESS...

…that we have to report the first death of somebody from our parishes from Covid-19. Amar Dias was a dear friend to many of us, and faithful member of the prayer group, but sadly he has died after spending several days in Intensive Care. On this Holy Saturday, when Our Lord slept in the tomb, let’s pray that Amar will be united to Him in His Resurrection. We pray for the eternal rest of his soul, and the comfort and strength of his wife and daughters.
 
We have also been praying for the repose of the soul of another beloved member of our community, Pat Shields, who died last week, for her husband and all her children; and also for Keyna Footitt, who died recently in a care home here in Weston (both not from the virus).
 
Eternal rest grant unto them, O Lord, and let perpetual light shine upon them.

May their souls, and the souls of all the faithful departed, through the mercy of God, rest in peace. Amen.
 
Holy Saturday is a day of strange silence, as Jesus lies in the earth after the brutality of the Cross. But it’s also the day we remember how He descended into the underworld, where the souls of Adam and Eve, and all those who had died before Christ, were awaiting the Saviour to come and open up the gates of Heaven, and lead them through to the presence of the Father. If you weren’t able to join us for the Office of Readings this morning, I thoroughly recommend this beautiful, ancient homily for Holy Saturday, which describes this event poetically, and focusses our hearts on the hope and liberation which Christ’s death has brought us.
Read the Ancient Homily for Holy Saturday
With our prayers,
Canon Tom Gunning (Parish Priest)
and Joseph Meigh (seminarian)
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