Bishop Lopes’ Pastoral Letter — THE HOLY EUCHARIST : The Mystery of Faith

Our Bishop has produced a Pastoral Letter for Corpus Christi on the Eucharist which is wide-ranging; deeply Catholic; and learned regarding the history and Patrimony of Anglicanism: while ascending to the Heavens, our Bishop also takes time to praise his flock for their fortitude in entering full communion and urges them to continue in their growth, following the path of such giants as Cardinal Newman and Ronald Knox. A small treat: “The Eucharist is truly a glimpse of heaven appearing on earth. It is a glorious ray of the heavenly Jerusalem which pierces the clouds of our history and lights up our journey. This is why every effort should be made to have beautiful churches and solemn, joyful music. Here I must tell you that you, the members of the Ordinariate of the Chair of St. Peter, may be guilty of leading some of my brother priests and bishops to commit the sin of envy: so many of them have told me of how moved they were by the beauty of the liturgical celebrations surrounding my ordination on Candlemas!” On page 12 you will also find a picture of our Altar of Repose (the work of Pam Covert, Director of St. Gregory’s Flower Guild) — a lovely illustration of the very beauty of holiness which our Bishop commends.