Our 40 Hours Devotion has begun. We were delighted to welcome Fr Peter Edwards, Parish Priest of St Joseph's, New Malden to our parish last night as he celebrated a beautiful Mass to open our devotion. I'm very grateful to our altar servers who came to serve Mass after school or work, including one of our younger servers - well done! Fr Peter also preached a very helpful homily on the Blessed Eucharist.
It was encouraging to see a good number present for the Mass and many stayed behind for Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament and Adoration immediately after Mass. I was also pleased to see a few 'strangers' amongst the congregation also. All are very welcome to call in at any time.
I always find it very moving to see the steady stream of people coming and going quietly throughout the day . . . and the night. There is an almost tangible atmosphere of prayer in our simple but beautiful church. We are very blessed here at St Ann's to have so many good and holy parishioners. God is good indeed!
Adoration continues throughout the day today and throughout the night until the closing Benediction at 9.10am on Thursday morning. Parish Mass will follow this at 9.30am on Thursday morning.
It has been another busy Sunday in the parish. At the end of the 10am Mass we had the May crowning of the statue of Our Lady. This necessitates the use of a ladder and ascending the same in priestly vestments but all was accomplished successfully and safely.
Although we didn't sing this particular hymn today for the Crowning, you might like to hear it anyway . . .
Immediately after Mass we moved straight into the Opening and Blessing of our new Annexe. You'll find a few photos of that on our Annexe blog.