Sunday 29th May 2016
A magnificent carpet of flowers filled the central aisle of St Mark's Church in Hemel Hempstead for the celebration of Corpus Christi on 28th May. The people of the Ordinariate Mission who are based at St Mark's (led by Fr Simon Chinery) were delighted to be joined in their celebration by many folk from the local parish including the assistant parish priest, Fr Derek Hyett. Fr Gordon Adam had journeyed all the way from Norfolk to be present, as had Deacon Shaun Morrison who deaconed the mass according to Divine Worship worthily. Fr Antony Homer (who had provided a lot of help to the group when it had been without a priest) was also a very welcome guest and concelebrant.
Fr Derek preached the homily in which he outlined the importance of allowing space in our lives for Eucharistic adoration and prayer. He stressed how all of our social action and outreach work should be underpinned by prayer but that so often we overlooked this (otherwise our churches would be full). He said that the feast of Corpus Christi helped to renew in us our need to spend time in spiritual conversation, in silent adoration and in heartfelt love before Christ present in the Most Holy Sacrament.
Following the mass the congregation took part in a Eucharistic Procession around the grounds of the secondary school where St Mark's is situated. After benediction the congregation moved to the newly built parish room where, in true Ordinariate fashion, they shared an extended time of socialising, eating and drinking. Many of the guests from the parish promised to tell their friends all about it so that next year we are expecting it to be an even bigger event.