🔴 The Guild of Servants of the Sanctuary was founded in 1897 and is a Catholic society of altar servers in the Church of England supporting the objects of Forward in Faith. It seeks to deepen the spiritual life of its members and help them to become more worthy of their important office. The objects of the Guild are:
· To raise the spiritual tone of Altar Servers
· To promote a conscientious performance of the duties of Altar Servers.
· To encourage a more frequent attendance at the Holy Eucharist in addition to times of duty.
Membership is open to any lay person who is an altar server in the Church of England and 'accepts Catholic Faith and Practice'. Bishops, Priests and Deacons are welcomed as Associate Members and non-servers as Supporter Members.
The Guild is organised into local chapters, each overseen by a secretary, who is a member of the Guild, and a chaplain, who is a priest and thus a 'priest associate' of the Guild. Chapters meet regularly: a typical gathering takes the form of the 'Guild Office': this consists largely of Psalms and Canticles, culminating in the Magnificat and a short Bible reading. The Guild Office will often be followed by a short address and perhaps Benediction. When undertaking Guild activities, members dress in choir habit: typically a black cassock with a white surplice or cotta, but sometimes a white or coloured cassock-alb according to local usage. Members also wear a special 'Guild Medal' engraved with the Latin text, Introibo ad Altare Dei (I will go unto the altar of God, Psalm 43.4).
Guild website: http://guild-of-servers-of-sanctuary.weebly.com/
The Chapter of Ss Osmund and Swithun, Bournemouth
The Bournemouth Chapter was formed at St Luke's Church, Winton, with the amalgamation of two Guilds and is dedicated to the patron saints of the dioceses of Salisbury and Winchester, respectively. Together with the Chapter of the Holy Cross, Chard, it forms Provincial Group 7 which covers Dorset, West Hampshire and East Somerset. The Chapter banner passed from St Luke's to St Francis, Charminster, and thence to St Ambrose, Westbourne, with the Chapter Secretary, Councillor Alan Scott, who also oversees Provincial Group 7.
Chapter Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/GSSBournemouth
🔴 ⚠ CORONAVIRUS COVID-19: Cancellation of Chapter Meetings - a message from Alan Scott, Chapter Secretary. ⚠
It is with much regret that I have to say that the meetings of the Chapter of SS Osmund & Swithun are cancelled for the foreseeable future. This will include our Annual General Meeting which was due to be held at St Katharine's church, Southbourne, Bournemouth on Wednesday, March 25th (The Annunciation), our quiet day at the Franciscan Friary, Cerne Abbas on Saturday, April 25th, the Catholic Societies Festival at St Ambrose, Westbourne on Saturday, May 16th and most likely our meeting at St Martin's Salisbury on Thursday, May 21st (The Ascension).
Not one of us has any idea of how long the present crisis will last. We do not know what will be the fate of other events that we support such as the Glastonbury pilgrimage. Our visit to Romsey Abbey, which is our June event could well be in doubt As som you know I am a keen theatre-goer. Chichester Festival Theatre. of which I am a loyal patron has decided to shut its doors and will not open them until late July. I imagine that the church is very likely to follow much the same course of action Therefore our next meeting could be our summer festival mass at Wimborne St Giles on St Swithun's day. or even our September meeting.
My best wishes and prayers are with and for you all. We must look forward to happier time and I will keep you informed of future developments
Yours in Christ
🔴 The original 2020 programme included (see announcement above):
Wednesday, 24th January (Week of Prayer for Christian Unity): 7:30 p.m. Guild Office & Benediction at St Thomas More Roman Catholic Church, 42 Exton Road, Iford, Bournemouth.
Tuesday, 18th February: 7:00 p.m. Joint Mass with CBS (Ward of the Stigmata) at St Francis Church, Charminster Road, Charminster, Bournemouth; Celebrant: Fr Robin Nash (Ward Superior, CBS).
Saturday, 25th April: Quiet Day at Hilfield Friary, near Cerne Abbas, Dorset. A coach will be arranged from St Ambrose Church.
Saturday, 16th May: Joint Festival for the Catholic Societies at St Ambrose Church, Westbourne, Bournemouth. 11:00 a.m. High Mass (celebrant: Rt Revd Jonathan Baker, Bishop of Fulham). This will be followed by Lunch in the Church Hall (£10 - which may be reserved before 13th May via email to Fr Adrian Pearce: [email protected]), 3:00 p.m. Solemn Benediction, followed by tea.
Ascension Day, Thursday, 21st May: 7:30 p.m. Guild Office & Benediction at Sarum St Martin's Church, Salisbury, Wiltshire.
Tuesday, 16th June: 7:30 p.m. Guild Office at Romsey Abbey, Church Lane, Romsey.
St Swithun's Day, 15th July: 7:30 p.m. Summer Festival Mass at Wimborne St Giles' Church; Celebrant: Fr Robert Simpson, Rector of the Quintet Group of Parishes of Cranborne, St Mary and St Bartholomew with Boveridge, Edmondsham, Wimborne St Giles and Woodlands.
Wednesday, 9th September, at 7:30 p.m. Guild Office at All Saints' Church, Castlemain Avenue, West Southbourne.
- Further dates to be confirmed -
For more details of Chapter activities contact the Secretary, Alan Scott: Tel. 01202 531609 or email: [email protected]
The Guild Collect
Grant, we beseech Thee, Almighty God,
to us Thy servants, the spirit of holy fear:
that we, following the example of Thy holy child Samuel,
may faithfully minister before Thee in Thy Sanctuary;
through Jesus Christ Thy Son our Lord,
Who liveth and reigneth with Thee in the unity of the Holy Ghost,
ever One God, world without end. Amen.