The evening Mass of Ash Wednesday at St. John’s Mongeham saw the formal beginning of the Ordinariate in East Kent.
After the Collect and before the Readings, members of the Ordinariate Group each brought their application document forward to be solemnly presented on the Altar; each was greeted warmly by the parish priest, Fr. Dawson CSsR. Then together the community turned to the Lord, as he spoke to us in the Sacred Scriptures.
In his homily, Fr. Dawson reminded us of the three strands of a holy Lent: prayer, works of charity and abstinence. All things come from God; those good things should be shared equitably, so that all have food for the journey.
We were urged to be of good courage. When we falter, feel weary or feel forgotten, we must needs turn to Christ, and so ‘run with perseverance the race that is set before us, looking to Jesus the pioneer and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross’.