Earthquake damage and the window of Christ the King: Take a look at the high altar. Originally, there was no central stained glass window. The pinnacle of the high altar soared up to a point just below the face of Christ the King in the present window. It used to be the custom, during the service of adoration of the Blessed Sacrament, for the monstrance (the vessel which holds the Blessed Sacrament) to be carried up a flight of steps at the back of the high altar and placed on the shelf where the crucifix is now. Adoration sometimes continued all night, with a rota of parishioners taking turns to ‘watch and pray.’ On one such occasion on 7th June 1931 in the early hours of the morning, there was an earthquake, and the monstrance rocked backwards and forwards as the church shook. Some cracks appeared in the chancel arch afterwards and the tie bars were inserted. A few years later the stone-work at the centre of the high altar became unsafe and the central pinnacle had to be lowered.
In the early 1950s the present window of Christ the King was inserted.
Christ is shown wearing both priestly and royal robes and displays the wounds of crucifixion. The small figures underneath show Mary and the baby Jesus, surrounded by angels, and receiving the three wise men.
An extract taken from ‘A Visitor’s Guide to St Hugh’s Church, Lincoln’ by Mary Wilford
21st - 25th August 2014 at the Roman Catholic shrine of Our Lady, Walsingham, Norfolk
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A tribute to Archbishop Malcolm from his special friends in SPANNED can be found in the latest SPANNED magazine, which is available for £2.50 including postage from Fr Frank Daly, St Peter’s Priory, Leicester Road, HINCKLEY LE10 1LW; or email:
Weather permitting, could the painting volunteers please turn up at 9.30am next Saturday, 2nd August, to carry on with painting of railings, gates and courtyard.
Many thanks to everyone who helped tidy up the parish car park during the week.
The liturgy group will be taking their summer break from this Sunday, they will re-commence on Sunday, 7th September.
Fr John would like to thank the catechists for all of their hard work and also the children for making the 10am Mass so special.
SUNDAY MORNING CHOIR
Thank-you to all members of the Sunday morning choir for their continued commitment to enhancing our liturgy at Masses throughout the year (as well as leading the singing at last Sunday's Strawberry Tea). The Choir will continue to lead the singing at the 10am Sunday Mass throughout the summer, however will not be holding their regular practice sessions. The weekly rehearsal sessions will recommence on Thursday, 4th September. We could really do with a few more members to support the Choir, so please do consider joining this important ministry in the Church. “Bis orat qui bene cantat” - Who sings well prays twice [St Augustine]
ST HUGH'S FOLK GROUP
The folk group will be playing this Sunday evening and will then be taking their usual summer break, returning in early September.
Fr John would like to thank the choir and the folk group for the music they so willingly provide at our Sunday Masses, and other events during the year.
Today is Sea Sunday, when the Church prays for all those who live and work at sea. Without them we would not have most of the items we buy in the shops. Today’s second collection is for the Apostleship of the Sea (AoS), the Church’s official maritime welfare agency. It supports seafarers both practically and spiritually. This annual collection is absolutely vital to enable it to continue its work, so please give generously and remember seafarers in your prayers. Thank-you. For more information on the work of AoS please visit their website: www.apostleshipofthesea.org.uk
'Come & join in!'
Croot & Becks' Coffee & Cake sale next Sunday, 20th July in aid of the Retired Priests Fund! Please come and support this very worthy cause and purchase a variety of delicious treats!
All proceeds will go towards the appeal.
Next week is Sea Sunday, when the Church prays for all those who live and work at sea. There will be a second collection for the Apostleship of the Sea, the official maritime welfare agency of the Catholic Church in Great Britain. It provides practical and spiritual support to seafarers visiting ports. Please give generously to support its important work. For more information on the work of the AoS please visit their website:
If you use church envelopes there is a blue envelope in your box for this collection. If you would like your donation gift aided, please write your name and address on the back of the envelope and the words “ I would like the AoS to claim Gift Aid on my donation of (amount)” and sign.
We need volunteers to help paint the railings around the church courtyard and hope to start painting on Saturday, 5th July. If you can help please be there at 9.30am for your paint brush. Please note that the painting will only go ahead if we have a dryday, if it rains then we will reschedule. Thank-you.