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Pimlico Peace Sunday Mass

Peace Sunday 2022 was celebrated on January 16 in the parish of the Holy Apostles, in Pimlico, central London. The First Communion children conceived and participated in the liturgy on the gift of peace, with a homily on reconciliation by Father Pat Browne. Each parishioner received a copy of the Pax Christi Peace Icon card.

The children who took part came from schools in Westminster and beyond, including Pimlico Parish School, Westminster Cathedral Primary School. During the week leading up to Peace Sunday, the children discussed the “gift of peace,” based on a reading from John 1:27, “I leave you peace, I give you my peace, a peace that the world cannot give, this is my gift to you. Don’t let your hearts be troubled or frightened.

“Children are always eager to give feedback on what the sessions mean to them,” said catechist Cynthia Francis. “Most of them said the idea of ​​peace for them was silence or solitude, others thought it was about offering peace to people who needed it. All agreed that ‘Being a peacemaker was a great idea and would make us all very happy.”

Mass readings given by the Children of Isiah, 2:1-5, and bidding prayers, focused on how we can all do our best to be peacemakers. Their activity for this session was to draw a dove (or have a cutout) to display in the church and write their names on it with someone they would like to have peace with. The songs of the Mass, focusing on peace, were “Make me a channel of youth for your peace”, Peace, peace, perfect peace” and “His banner is love.” All the children received a take-out card with a message of peace.

Father Pat preached a sermon inspired by the illustration of the revelation of the icon of peace from Pax Christi, revealed to Jacob in his vision of a ladder to heaven which inspired him to seek forgiveness from his brother Esau, whom he had defrauded of his inheritance. The icon shows them embracing with the sword of vengeance beneath their feet, a theme that led a small group of French women at the end of World War II to pray for ways to put the message into practice. gospel of forgiveness to those who had done them great wrong. Thus began Pax Christi, today a global Catholic peace organization with worldwide influence.

“If you don’t transform your pain, you will pass it on for sure,” Father Pat said, saying it was never too early for children to hear the message of harmony and peace so that they be one with God, the world, their friends. , nature and in themselves. It would transform “the tragic history of our world” by making homes and classrooms places of peace, sowing seeds of peace in children and students. He encouraged people at home and on the Internet to visit the Pax Christi website.

A collection for Pax Christi was made after all weekend Masses and the bulletin contained a prayer of action, quoting Pope Francis’ message: “All can work together to build a more peaceful world, starting from the hearts of individuals and relationships in the family, then within society and with the environment, to relationships between peoples and nations. »

Teaching and education are essential engines of peace and foundations of human development, generators of hope, prosperity and progress, the Pope said in his January 1 message for the World Day of Peace. Pope Francis calls on us to urge our governments to replace funds spent on armaments with the same amount spent on education. The mass endorsed the call to prayer and funding for international disarmament work to free up funds for health care, schools, infrastructure, protection of our environment and disarmament and to stop war.

Meditate on the role you can play in this visionary work, to become a messenger of peace and justice, by promoting divestment from organizations that profit from investments in the arms industry, by writing or speaking to your MP and visiting the Church’s peace organization, Pax Christi. Visit their website to see how to become better peacemakers. https://paxchristi.org.uk/peace-Sunday-2022

CONNECTIONS

Recording of the Family Mass for Peace Sunday at the Holy Apostles – 10:30 a.m. on January 16, 2022: www.holyapostlespimlico.org/index.php/live/

Choir of the Holy Apostles singing for Pax Christi: https://youtu.be/Ev4qz4AuwCA

Donate to Pax Christi at: https://tinyurl.com/yxfcw67x

Keywords: Peace Sunday, Pimlico, Father Pat Browne, Pax Christi, Canon Pat Browne

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