Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Calling All Londoners!

Proto-Icon St Genesius, patron of Actors, copyright The Fraternity of St. Genesius

News for all our members, and others, in the London area.  The Fraternity has finally completed arrangements for starting a St Genesius Prayer Group in London. 

The Prayer Group, open to everyone regardless of whether they are members or not, will consist of a Eucharistic Holy Hour, with prayer and song before the Blessed Sacrament, followed by Benediction.  It's a simple format, but it works.  During the Holy Hour we will remember those who work in theatre, cinema and the arts, but also the sick, those in need of healing, and for the Church and her renewal.

So, dates, times!  The first Eucharistic Holy Hour will take place in Corpus Christi Church, Maiden Lane (Covent Garden) on Thursday 13th October at 8pm.  It is hoped that the Holy Hour will then take place on the second Thursday of every month.  So calling all Londoners!  Come and join us in prayer, bring your musical instruments if you have any, and join us in song.

I will like to extend a special invitation to those who work in the theatres and the arts in London to join us, regardless of religious affliation. Prayer will be offered on their behalf, for their needs and intentions, and so we offer an oasis of prayer and retreat on that Thursday evening.

Thursday is, of course, the perfect night for such prayer as it was the day on which the first Holy Hour took place - that of Jesus in the Garden of Gethsemane.  His disciples fell asleep on that occasion, but we hope to stay awake and watch one hour (or a little more) with him, offering to him in prayer, those who are in need.  Corpus Christi Church is also the perfect place to have the Holy Hour - not only because it is dedicated to the Blessed Sacrament, but it is the actor's church in London, and it was there that the Fraternity was "born". 

I would like to thank in a special way the Parish Priest of Corpus Christi, Fr Alan Robinson, who has graciously allowed us to use the church for our devotions.  We will also remember him and his parish in our prayers.

So spread the word!   And yes, there will be a first class relic of St Genesius present at the Holy Hour - so if there is anyone who wants a blessing with the sacred bones of the great Roman actor and martyr, come along.

That's a bit of good news in the midst of all the misery!  Thank God. Please keep it in your prayers. 

News on pilgrimage to Rome coming soon.

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