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Feast of the Sacred Heart or Divine Compassion

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14 June 2013

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From the Revd J.-F. Friendship

Sir, - I agree with Prebendary William Scott's desire (Books, 7 June) to "persuade the Church of England to embrace a feast of the Sacred Heart". Such a feast was included in Celebrating Common Prayer on the Friday after Trinity Sunday, under the title "The Divine Compassion of Christ"; but this was not taken up by the compilers of Common Worship.

The inclusion in CCP was due to the place of the Society of the Divine Compassion in the development of the Society of St Francis and the devotional writings of Fr James Adderley SDC. Giving appropriate attention to the Divine Compassion of Christ compliments and balances that attention given to seeking to live by the Divine Will: the mind needs to be embraced by the heart so that both may be offered to God.

The Church needs this yearly celebration of the Sacred Heart within its liturgy to root us in God's compassionate love for all.

JOHN-FRANCIS FRIENDSHIP
22 The Old Fire Station
Eaglesfield Road, London SE18 3BT

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