🟡 The Confraternity of the Blessed Sacrament (CBS) was founded in 1862 as part of the Catholic Revival in the Church of England. Its aim was to be, first of all, a confraternity of men and women praying and working for a greater devotion to Jesus Christ in the Eucharist and in the Sacrament of his Body and Blood. Today it is no longer confined to England alone but has spread to many places within the Anglican Communion of churches, especially in Great Britain, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Europe and parts of Africa. There is a separate, self-governing CBS in the USA. Wherever possible members of CBS meet together in local Wards for prayer, worship and mutual support under the guidance of a priest as Ward Superior. We honour Our Lord in the Blessed Sacrament in other ways too: Mass said daily, Holy Hours are prayed, and Benediction is celebrated regularly in many of our churches. There is an increasing emphasis on mission in CBS's work: "We have a Gospel to proclaim", says the famous hymn, and there are many ways to proclaim it in Word and Sacrament.We need more priests to celebrate Mass, but we also need to promote the mission of the Church through the whole people of God by equipping them (you) for service. Please pray for our work for, at heart we remain a devotional society, focussing on Christ's very own gift to us of His Body, the Blessed Sacrament, the sacrament of Unity. The Confraternity is established for the advancement of the catholic faith in the Anglican Tradition and in particular to promote:
· The honour due to Jesus Christ our Lord in the Blessed Sacrament of his Body and Blood,
· Prayer for one another at the Eucharist,
· Careful preparation for and reception of Holy Communion, including the Eucharistic fast,
· The reverent and dignified celebration of the Eucharist and the reservation and veneration of the Blessed Sacrament,
· The continuance of the catholic priesthood, and catholic theological teaching, learning and development.
At heart we are a devotional society, a group of people seeking to live the Christian life, drawn together by common prayer that finds its unity in Jesus Christ. We have a love for Jesus in the the Blessed Sacrament that we seek to demonstrate by the reverence we show Him and the cause we promote. Everything else flows from that. Our members receive regular lists of Intercessions to hold us together in prayer. A Ward is formed of a group of people, usually in a parish setting, or sometimes a wider area, who come together each month for an act of worship, devotion or study.
Confraternity website: https://www.confraternity.org.uk
Ward of the Stigmata of St Francis, Bournemouth
The Ward was formed at St Francis Church, Charminster, Bournemouth, and observes the Feast of the Stigmata of St Francis on or close to the 17th September. Meetings of the Ward are held at St Francis' Church and at St Ambrose Church and are usually followed by wine/juice and nibbles while socialising, discussing any business, and chatting about topical church matters. The Ward Superior is Fr Robin Nash (former Vicar of St Alban's, Charminster and St Luke's, Winton, in Bournemouth) and will be pleased to give further information if required: Rev Robin L Nash, BA, 6 Shreen Way, Gillingham, Dorset, SP8 4EL; telephone: (01747) 823183; or email: [email protected]
🟡 ⚠ CORONAVIRUS COVID-19: Cancellation of Ward Meetings - a message from Fr Robon Nash, Ward Superior. ⚠
Dear Associates and friends,
You might have heard this already: the Archbishops of Canterbury and York have issued an instruction that all C of E Churches are immediately to cease gatherings for public worship. They are urging that church buildings should remain open, where possible, so that people can still come in for private prayer. I hear that some Churches are planning to “live stream” Services for members of the congregation to join in on their computers at home (I really don’t know how live-streaming works, but I guess that’s the idea). This means, of course, that our CBS gathering on Wednesday 01 April will now NOT take place. Fr Adrian Pearce has also sent out a notice that the Catholic Societies’ Mass in St Ambrose’ Church on Saturday 16 May will now NOT take place.
Our next planned CBS event is on Tuesday 15 September at 7.00pm in St Francis’ Church for a celebration of the Eucharist to commemorate the Stigmata of St Francis: our “name day”. Let’s hope the current situation will have been resolved before then and that life will be returning to something more like normal.
With very best wishes to you all in these very uncertain times.
🟡 A further update...
To: CBS, the Ward of the Stigmata of St Francis, Bournemouth.
09 April 2020
Dear Associates and friends,
In our current situation there are lots of on-line opportunities to participate in worship streamed from various bishops and others.
However, before computers, the faithful have been taught for centuries how to make a “spiritual communion” on occasions when it is impossible to attend a celebration of the Eucharist / Mass.
We rejoice in being able to participate via the internet for those who have that facility and wish to do so, but it is still a teaching of the Church that you can make a “spiritual communion” without needing a computer to do that !
This morning I received the latest edition of ‘New Directions’ magazine, together with a booklet from The Society providing forms of prayers for morning, noon, evening and night. In particular, one page is ‘An act of Spiritual Communion’ which you might like to use – please see attached.
I also attach another form of Spiritual Communion for those who would prefer something longer, more similar to a Church Service, and in traditional language instead of modern English.
With very best wishes to you all at this time of Maundy Thursday, Good Friday, Holy Saturday and Easter Sunday.
Fr Robin Nash
01747 82 31 83
6 Shreen Way
Quarters  : assigned lodgings or billet.
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An act of Spiritual Communion
At this time, when our Churches are closed for public worship, we will not be able to receive Holy Communion physically, which will be a painful thing for many of us. The tradition of the Church has been for people to make a Spiritual Communion when they are prevented from receiving Holy Communion. St Thomas Aquinas says in this we should have “an ardent desire to receive Jesus in the Holy Sacrament and a loving embrace as though we had already received Him”. You can pray this prayer as often as you like, but most specifically at the time when you would normally be present at Mass.
My Jesus, I believe that you are in the Blessed Sacrament.
I love you above all things, and I long for you in my soul.
Since I cannot now receive you sacramentally, come at least spiritually into my heart.
As though you have already come, I embrace you and unite myself entirely to you;
never permit me to be separated from you.
Confraternity of the Blessed Sacrament
OR (copied from the ‘Pray Tell’ blog):
The composer of the following prayer writes: “you will see that I tried to follow the main elements recommended [in traditional catholic prayer practices] for spiritual communion, namely, an act of faith, an act of love and adoration, and the expression of a desire to receive the Lord.”
Lord Jesus Christ,
you are the bread of life and the one true vine.
I believe that you are truly present in the Most Holy Sacrament of the Eucharist.
I seek you.
I worship and adore you.
Since I cannot receive you in the eucharistic bread and wine,
I pray that you will come into my heart and soul,
that I may be united to you,
by your all-powerful and ever-present Holy Spirit.
Let me receive you, and be nourished by you.
Become for me the manna in my wilderness,
the bread of angels for my very human journey through time,
a foretaste of the heavenly banquet,
and solace in the hour of my death.
I pray all this, trusting that you yourself are our Life, our Peace, and our everlasting Joy.
Seeking to Encounter the Eucharistic Christ in Digital Bread and Wine
🟡 The 2020 programme included (see announcement above):
Tuesday, 18th February: 7:00 p.m. Joint Mass with GSS (Chapter of Ss Osmund and Swithun) at St Francis Church, Charminster Road, Charminster, Bournemouth; Celebrant: Fr Robin Nash.
Wednesday, 1st April: 7:00 p.m. Vespers & Benediction at St Ambrose Church, Westbourne, Bournemouth.
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.
Saturday, 20th June: CBS National Festival at St Stephen's Church, Gloucester Road, South Kensington, London, SW7 4RL.
Saturday, 11th July: 12:00 noon Glastonbury Pilgrimage. There will be a coach from Bournemouth leaving St Ambrose Church at 8:30 a.m. with other pick-up points. As in previous years we will join the Procession of Witness.
Tuesday, 15th September: 7:00 p.m. Mass of the Stigmata of St Francis at St Francis Church, Charminster Road, Charminster, Bournemouth; Celebrant: Fr Robin Nash.
Wednesday, 4th November: 7:00 p.m. Holy Hour & Benediction at St Ambrose Church, Westbourne, Bournemouth.