🟡 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]
🟡 To: CBS, the Ward of the Stigmata of St Francis, Bournemouth.
10 December 2020
Dear Associates and friends,
I hope you are all keeping safe and well.
Regrettably all our CBS gatherings have had to be cancelled this year, with the exception of the joint GSS/CBS Mass in February before the first Coronavirus / COVID-19 lockdown.
It seems to me that it would be right to put a programme in place for 2021, although these will depend, of course, on what restrictions are in force when we are approaching each of these dates.
Herewith you will find the programme for next year, 2021, when our regular gatherings will again be on Tuesdays at St Francis’ Church and Wednesdays at St Ambrose’ Church.
Please do let me know a.s.a.p. if you notice any clashes with other events about which I might be not aware.
With very best wishes for this Advent season and celebrations of the Nativity later this month, and for the year ahead.
Fr Robin Nash
01747 82 31 83
6 Shreen Way
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An act of Spiritual Communion
When our Churches are closed for public worship, and we are 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. 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 2021 programme:
Wednesday, 10th February: 7:00 p.m. Joint Mass with GSS (Chapter of Ss Osmund and Swithun) at St Ambrose Church, Westbourne, Bournemouth.
Tuesday, 6th April: 7:00 p.m. Vespers & Benediction at St Francis Church, Charminster Road, Charminster, Bournemouth.
Saturday, 19th June: Joint Festival for the Catholic Societies on the occasion of the Centenary of the GSS Chapter of St Osmund & St Swithun, at St Ambrose Church, Westbourne, Bournemouth. 11:00 a.m. High Mass (celebrant: Rt Revd Norman Banks, Bishop of Richborough). This will be followed by Lunch in the Church Hall (£10 - which may be reserved via email to Fr Adrian Pearce: [email protected]), 3:00 p.m. Solemn Benediction, followed by tea.
Saturday, TBA: CBS National Festival Venue TBA.
Saturday, 10th 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, 14th September: 7:00 p.m. Mass of the Stigmata of St Francis at St Francis Church, Charminster Road, Charminster, Bournemouth; Celebrant: Fr Robin Nash. (The actual feast day of the Stigmata of St Francis is 17th September)
Wednesday, 3rd November: 7:00 p.m. Holy Hour & Benediction at St Ambrose Church, Westbourne, Bournemouth.