Monday, 5 August 2013

Centenary Grants

During the year  leading up to the Centenary, several grants were made in thanksgiving and prayer for the Unity of Christians in communion with the Apostolic See of Rome

  • The Anglican Centre in Rome, towards its service of the Anglican-Roman Catholic International Commission
  • The Anglican Shrine of Our Lady of Walsingham, towards the renovation of St Augustine's House and the Marian Library
  • To the Guild of Our Lady de Salve Regina at the Parish Church of St Magnus by London Bridge. The Guild was a medieval lay movement, revived by the League's co-founder at St Magnus', by Fr Henry Fynes Clinton when he became rector. It remains a lay society in the parish, promoting Catholic unity through devotion to the Mother of God as Fr Fynes intended. There are regular devotions, an annual festival mass and lecture.
  • To the Church of Corpus Christi, Maiden Lane, for a monstrance to promote devotion to the Lord in the Blessed Sacrament.  Not long after the League's foundation, Fr Fynes Clinton set up a Tabernacle Treasury to provide Anglican parishes with the means to promote Eucharistic piety as part of the spiritual life and renewal that would bring about unity in Catholic faith and the corporate reunion of Christians in one Church. While the last of the monstrances in the League's possession for this purpose were given away some years ago, we felt it was important to make one last award from the Treasury and that it also go to this particular Catholic Church. The first church in Britain to bear this dedication, Corpus Christi was opened in 1873 and hailed by Cardinal Manning as the national shrine of devotion to the Blessed Sacrament. The hymn, Sweet Sacrament Divine, beloved by Catholics and numerous Anglicans alike, was written by Fr Francis Stanfield, who was its parish priest. The Catholic League is donating a splendid historic Monstrance that beautifully matches the art and architecture of the building, currently under restoration. It will be used for an enhanced programme of sustained Adoration and Benediction, as Corpus Christi resumes its role as a centre of devotion to Christ in the Eucharist. Even though we Christians are divided at the point of receiving Holy Communion, nonetheless we can be united in devotion, honour and worship for our One Lord Jesus Christ in the Eucharist.

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