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A Rich Heritage
Wednesday 13th May 2015

Joanna Bogle has been looking ahead to an initiative which has been launched by Monsignor Keith Newton and which seeks to contribute to the spiritual renewal of Catholic life.

With ideas to help people explore the Christian heritage of Britain, and prayers drawn from the richness of the English spiritual tradition, the Ordinariate of Our Lady of Walsingham has launched a Novena of Prayer on the theme "Called to be Holy".

The plan follows the traditional nine days of prayer that dates back to the very first Novena, the days between the Ascension and Pentecost, from Friday 15th to Saturday 23rd May.

For the Ordinariate's Novena, a booklet has been produced with meditations from some great English Christian writers, stretching from the Saxon era to our own day. From the 8th century Dream of the Rood, via Julian of Norwich, Thomas Ken, and Bl. John Henry Newman, they offers inspiration on the Cross, on coming to know Christ, on prayer, on striving to unselfish, and more.

It's the brainchild of the Called to be Holy co-ordinating group which consists of Fr Christopher Lindlar, Antonia Lynn, Fr David Waller, Fr David Lashbrooke and Fr Scott Anderson, and is being distrubuted through Ordinariate groups and parishes across Britain.

There is also a Children's Novena, with stories about various figures including the first English poet Caedmon, plus quizzes and word searche that will help children to find out more about their spiritual heritage, together with ideas for meditative prayer.

The authors say that the aim is to provide material that can be used in diffferent ways. Some Ordinariate members will use the Novena as part of their own morning and evening prayer, some adding it to the Divine Office. Its booklet form makes it usable on a bus or during a lunch break. "We hope that we shal all be inspired by our great tradition of English spiritual writers across the cenuries."

Information about all of this can be found on the website www.calledtobe.org.uk where the Novena booklet can be downloaded or viewed on your computer, ipad, tablet or smartphone.


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