on Sunday 27th September at
St Winefride's, Well Street, Holywell
We look back at the previous year and thank God for all the riches He has given us (Epistle). As the Lord Jesus healed the man with palsy (Gospel), and forgave his sins, we are reminded that in Baptism we were cripples spiritually who were cured by God’s medicine. The Holy Eucharist gives us strength after Baptism.
Prefigured by Moses in Old Testament times, as he built an altar upon which sacrifices of animals were offered, the Sacrifice of the Cross is our method of atoning for sins (Offertory). The Secret continues the message that through the Communion in this venerable Sacrifice, we may follow worthy lives.
The Communion encourages us to receive the Holy Bread of the altar of sacrifice while the Postcommunion thanks God for His Holy Gift of Communion.
Although not commemorated in the Mass using the 1962 Missal, the 27th September is also the Feast of Ss Cosmas and Damian Mm., thought to be brothers, who were martyred in about 305 under the persecution of Diocletian. Doctors in Cilicia, they served the poor and were known far and wide for their holiness and generosity.
Their relics were sent to the ancient temple of Romulus by Pope Felix IV, who had converted the temple into a church dedicated to the honour of the Saints. Their names are mentioned in the Canon of the Mass, and the priest makes a slight bow to the Crucifix at their mention.