Forward in Faith: Catholic devotion is a vital witness

Nov 25, 2016 by

by Glyn Paflin, Church Times:

THE Bishop of Chichester, Dr Martin Warner, urged members of Forward in Faith, at their National Assembly in London last weekend, to take care to nurture Catholic devotional practices in the young, and new Christians.

In his sermon at St Alban’s, Holborn, he said: “I shall never forget the experience, in Walsingham, of seeing a young man recently released from a Young Offenders’ Centre kneeling next to a peer of the realm. They were equal in the sight of God, equal in their offering of the sacrifice of praise and thanksgiving, equal in dignity as they approached the altar for communion at the intersection of time and eternity.”

The drama of liturgical worship was an act of witness “to the reality of heaven, to the communion of saints, and to our intimate encounter with Jesus”, as was the “joy and awe” with which they, as communicants, approached the altar. “I want you to ensure that you are ever attentive, in a casual and inattentive culture, to the quality of your devotional practices, and to the care with which you nurture them in the young and in new Christians.”

The Assembly heard that 412 parishes had resolved to seek ministry from the traditionalist bishops of the Society under the Patronage of St Wilfrid and St Hilda — rather more than the 368 Resolution C parishes that existed in 2014.

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