Anglican Catholic Church

Bishop's Appeal For the Suffering Church

The Right Reverend Damien Mead, Bishop Ordinary of the Diocese of the United Kingdom, has launched an Appeal (both Financial and Spiritual) to aid the Suffering Church.

In a communication to the Clergy and leading laity of the Diocese Bishop Mead said:

"Reverend and Dear Fathers, Brothers and Sisters,

I know that some of you have already given donations to aid our brethren in Syria and Iraq. I also know that your prayers are heavy with all those suffering for Christ's sake around the world.

I usually advocate our donations to the 'Mission' fields to go through the ACC's Missionary Society of St Paul - however since the ACC has no active work in the Middle East that I am aware of - I have decided that what small aid we can give should go to the agency in the field best able to use it. Therefore I intend with immediate effect to launch an Appeal to raise funds to be sent to the Charity 'Aid to the Church in Need'.

Financial Help

I shall be starting the donation from the Pro-Cathedral Parish of St Augustine's in Canterbury and with a donation from my discretionary fund and a personal donation. I would encourage you and your parishes to donate what you are able - I shall ask the Diocesan Treasurer, the Rev Dr Jonathan Munn, to send our donations as soon as possible after they are received by the Diocese (because the need is so great and people are dying for Christ).

Donations can be made by cheque (payable to the 'Anglican Catholic Church - Diocese of the United Kingdom' with 'Middle East Appeal' written on the back and sent to the Diocesan Office.

ACC Diocesan Office, St Nicholas House, 42-48 high street, lydd, Kent TN29 9AN

Donations via Credit or Debit Cards can be made via the Diocesan Web Site's Donate Page.

UK Tax Payers Can Gift Aid their Donations to make it go further.

Spiritual Help

I also ask that, with immediate effect, the following prayers (commonly called the Leonine Prayers after Low Mass) be said after every Mass (both said and sung) celebrated in the Diocese until the Feast of St Michael the Archangel on 29th September. They are to be said with the explicit Intention for our Christian brethren under attack around the world. On (or at the Mass nearest to) the Feast of St Michael I request that the Intention of the Mass be given to this same end.

In Christ Jesus
+Damien

The Right Reverend Damien Mead

Prayers After Mass

Priest and people say together THREE TIMES THE HAIL MARY, and then together:

Hail, holy Queen, Mother of Mercy, our life our sweetness and our hope! To thee do we cry poor banished children of Eve to thee do we send up our sighs, mourning and weeping in this vale of tears. Turn then most gracious advocate, thine eyes of mercy towards us, and after this our exile, show unto us the blessed fruit of thy womb, Jesus.
O clement, O loving, O sweet Virgin Mary!

Priest: Pray for us, O holy Mother of God.
People: That we may be made worthy of the promises of Christ.

Priest: Let us Pray:

O God, our refuge and our strength, look down in mercy on thy people who cry to thee; and by the intercession of the glorious Virgin Mary, Mother of God, of St Joseph her spouse, of thy blessed Apostles Peter and Paul, (of N our patron) and of all the Saints, in mercy and goodness hear our prayers for the conversion of sinners, and the liberty and exaltation of our holy mother the Church. Through Christ Our Lord.

People: Amen.

Holy Michael, Archangel, defend us in the day of battle; be our safeguard against the wickedness and snares of the devil. May God rebuke him, we humbly pray: and do thou prince of the heavenly host, by the power of God, thrust down to hell Satan, and all wicked spirits who wander through the world for the ruin of souls.
People: Amen.

Then this is said three times:
Priest: Most Sacred Heart of Jesus
People: Have mercy upon us

Priest: May the Divine assistance remain always with us, and may the + souls of the faithful departed, through the Mercy of God, rest in peace.
People: Amen