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I did sit and eat…

This Sunday in Mass we hear the wonderful story of the Road to Emmaus. I was reminded of the much-loved poem called ‘Love III’ by George Herbert, the great 17th century poet, born in Montgomery in Wales. Like the disciples, the poet is drawn in by love/God/Jesus until the truth is revealed through a meal. In this season we are drawn from Easter through the Ascension to Pentecost and beyond to Corpus Christi, the feast of the Eucharist. Take time with the poem – it’s 400 years old – and put yourself into it as the ‘I’ or ‘me’…  If you like it, try Herbert’s ‘The Collar’.

And by the way, if you find yourself in Salisbury perhaps to visit the cathedral, I recommend a stroll across the water-meadows, painted so often by Constable, to the little village church at Bemerton, where Herbert was vicar.

Love bade me welcome. Yet my soul drew back
Guilty of dust and sin.
But quick-eyed Love, observing me grow slack
From my first entrance in,
Drew nearer to me, sweetly questioning,
If I lacked any thing.

A guest, I answered, worthy to be here:
Love said, You shall be he.
I the unkind, ungrateful? Ah my dear,
I cannot look on thee.
Love took my hand, and smiling did reply,
Who made the eyes but I?

Truth Lord, but I have marred them: let my shame
Go where it doth deserve.
And know you not, says Love, who bore the blame?
My dear, then I will serve.

You must sit down, says Love, and taste my meat:
So I did sit and eat.

Fr Matthew

Change of mass time at Christ the King

 From Sunday 30 April the time of morning Mass will change from 9am to 9.30am to make it easier for parishioners, old and young, including bus service users, to get to Mass.   It will also facilitate the provision of children’s liturgy.
We hope this will also help those who haven’t resumed regular Mass attendance post-pandemic.  The change will be reviewed by the Parish Advisory Council in July.  

Children’s liturgy at Christ the King

Children’s Liturgy at Christ the King will start Sunday 30 April at 9.30am Mass and be held each Sunday in the school term, apart from Sundays when there is a family Mass. It is intended for primary school children (reception upwards).  Children will be called forward at the start of Mass and taken to the Parish Centre by the catechists.  They will celebrate the liturgy of the word and undertake a related activity before coming back to rejoin their families at the offertory. 
Parents are asked not to accompany their children to the liturgy unless their child has a special need or requires settling in.  

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Easter Triduum information

Maundy Thursday

7.30pm 3 Churches Mass of the Lord’s Supper at St Brigid’s with Presentation of the Holy Oils and Washing of the Feet. Followed by Watching before the Blessed Sacrament at the Altar of Repose until 10pm.

Good Friday

10am Morning prayers at Christ the King

3pm Celebration of the Lord’s Passion at both St Paul’s and Christ the King. Children’s Liturgy at Christ the King during this Service (the children go directly to the Parish Centre and re-join the congregation for the Veneration of the Cross). Retiring collection at both churches for the Holy Places

Holy Saturday
10am Morning prayers at Christ the King

8.30pm 3 Churches Easter Vigil and First Mass of Easter at Christ the King. Congregation to gather in the Parish Centre beforehand. Light refreshments afterwards in the Parish Centre

Easter Sunday

9am Mass at St Paul’s

9.30am Family Mass at Christ the King. If any child or young person would like to take part please contact Marie (07753 439567 or email

10.30am & 6pm Masses at St Brigid’s