A very warm welcome to all parishioners and visitors of Our Lady Help of Christians to our parish website. Fr Mario
CORONAVIRUS – SUSPENSION OF MASSES
Following national guidance from the Catholic Church in England and Wales, there will be no public celebrations of Mass in the church until further notice.
Please read the Catholic Bishops’ Conference Letter.
Please find Southwark Parishes Live Mass Streaming here.
Please find Weekly Mass Sheet here.
Please find Pope Francis’ Urbi et Orbi message here.
Please find Little Church Palm Sunday Liturgy here.
The Legion of Mary Daily Prayers
Please join our daily 3pm prayers for those affected by Covid19 and the eradication of the virus, saying the following prayers – Our Father, Hail Mary, Glory Be to the Father, Our Lady Help of Christians, pray for us, St Patrick, pray for us.
Today’s liturgy concentrates on two very different events, the triumphal entry of Jesus into Jerusalem as Messianic King and the events of a few days later which culminated in his agonising and shameful death. This seeming end-point was to be reversed by the explosion of new life in the Resurrection after three days, an explosion which constituted God’s vindication of Jesus’ loving obedience and the affirmation that it has overcome and wiped out the sin of Adam, human sin. How much time did Jesus spend in Jerusalem? The Gospel of John recounts four separate visits to Jerusalem, whereas Mark (and Matthew and Luke, who follow Mark’s outline) compresses all Jesus’ Jerusalem ministry into one visit, inaugurated by the solemn entry, as narrated in the gospel we hear today before the procession with palms. This event is recounted by the evangelists in the light of their fuller understanding of Jesus after the Resurrection. We see the colourful, festal atmosphere of crowds going up to Jerusalem, waving palm branches as banners in their enthusiasm and singing as they march. Jesus and his disciples join in. But it may be only later that the significance of this event was grasped: this entry was the fulfilment of the prophecy of Zechariah about the Messiah coming into his inheritance, to complete his God-given mission and to proclaim peace to the nations. Matthew especially, writing for a community steeped in Judaism, actually quotes the prophecy and also the psalm-verse about ‘him who comes in the name of the Lord’. He stresses that Jesus is this Son of David, whose eschatological kingship is about to be established. Next week is known as Holy Week: how and when will you take time to listen to God and grow in holiness?