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Credo XII - and Future Talks

Father Edmund 

13 August 2023

Thank you to all those who, over the last twelve months, have attended some or all of the twelve talks taking each Article of The Apostles’ Creed in turn. I hope that the talks, explaining more on each Article have been helpful in affirming what we believe and the depth of theology, scripture, and tradition behind each of the twelve Articles. It has been wonderful to hear your reflections, insights, and questions and to learn more about our Catholic Faith together.

Meanwhile, having had some feedback on what future talks might be helpful or of interest, one particular area that has come up is our Lady. What do we believe about our Lady? What does it mean that she was ‘immaculately conceived’? What does it mean that she is ‘ever virgin’? Why was she assumed into Heaven, body and soul, a feast we celebrate this week!

As I am still leading and delivering the Gospel of John Group each Tuesday that will take us to Christmas, I imagine, so perhaps in the New Year 2024 I might offer the parish four talks on what are known as the four Marian Dogmas:

  • The title ‘Mother of God’

  • The Immaculate Conception of our Lady

  • The Perpetual Virginity of our Lady

  • The Assumption of our Lady into Heaven

More details towards the end of this year.

In addition, we might take a particular prophet to look at during Lent, perhaps the prophet Isaiah. I am unsure whether many would know about the story of the lives of the prophets, and Isaiah would be a wonderful prophet to explore. The book of the prophet Isaiah is sometimes called the ‘Fifth Gospel’ in addition to Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John, because of the striking image of a saviour who will suffer. Perhaps Isaiah could be our focus for Lent?

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