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Reverence in Church

To enter a Catholic church is to be present to the ‘jewel’ at its heart. That jewel is Jesus Christ, our Saviour, Really Present in the Blessed Sacrament. As a beautiful jewel reposes in a worthy jewel box, so the Blessed Sacrament should be placed in a worthy setting. Everything seen or experienced in our church should help us to recognise that this building is a holy place. It is God’s house: a house of prayer. We who enter it are on the threshold of Heaven, surrounded by Angels, and in communion with the Saints. Christ our God is here, and deserves the best we can offer: the best music, artwork, furnishings - and the best behaviour. Through all that is good and beautiful in church we show our gratitude to Jesus for His sacramental Presence. We show our love for Him by our reverent bows and genuflections, our modest clothing, our sincere prayers, our concern for our neighbour, and our respect for the prayerful silence, and by being in a state of grace each time we receive Jesus in Holy Communion (T:6349)

We learn in the Catechism of the Catholic Church: ‘Under the consecrated species of bread and wine Christ himself, living and glorious, is present in a true, real and substantial manner: his Body and his Blood, with his soul and divinity’ (para. 1413); ‘he is to be honoured with the worship of adoration’ (para. 1418).

We hear Jesus say in the Gospels: ‘Does not scripture say: “My house will be called a house of prayer for all the peoples” (Mk 11:17); and‘stop turning my Father’s house into a market’ (Jn 2:16).

We can pray for greater reverence in our own words, or by saying:

Jesus, my God and Saviour,
I praise and thank You for Your Presence amongst us
and for all Your gifts and graces.
Help me to show out my love for You, here and everywhere,
in each of my thoughts, words and actions.
Keep me close to You, and faithful to You,
now and for evermore.

This meditation is published as a four page laminated prayer card with 3 illustrations, called REVERENCE IN CHURCH.
Order Code RLCA06. 
See Publications for further details



We are sorry to have to share the news that Elizabeth died on Saturday evening, 10th September. 2016 She died peacefully, in her own room at home, with all her immediate family around her bedside. Some of you will have heard that she was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer only three months ago, so the end has come very quickly. It was only six weeks ago that she was on pilgrimage to Lourdes with her family and diocese. In many ways the swiftness has been a mercy, and it’s a consolation for all of us that her suffering is now at an end.

We are especially grateful for these last few days. We have had so much time together as a family – talking, listening, praying – and with the four grandchildren constantly running around. Elizabeth was surrounded by so much love, and she gave us so much love, even in her weakness and vulnerability. She has been looked after by many kind people with such tenderness. She received the last sacraments from Stephen, and we were able to celebrate Mass together in her room just a few hours before she died. She was at peace and longing to meet the Lord.

She will be missed so much, but we are full of such gratitude to God for the gift of her life, and for her faith. She had such a love for Christ, for his Church, and for his Blessed Mother Mary, and this has touched us all.

Thank you for your thoughts and prayers during this illness. Please pray for her and for all those who mourn her now, especially our father Kin. Please pray for the continuing work and mission of Radiant Light, which was so close to her heart. With our best wishes and our prayers for you and your intentions.

Fr Stephen Wang, Chris Wang, Mary Figg



The main FUNERAL SERVICE (a Requiem Mass) is on Thursday 22 September at 11am at the Catholic Church of Our Lady of Lourdes, Rothamsted Avenue, Harpenden, Herts AL5 2BY, followed by the burial at Westfield Road Cemetery, Harpenden, Herts AL5 4JT, followed by a reception (venue to be confirmed). Everyone is welcome.

You are also welcome to join us the evening before (Wednesday 21 September) at 7pm at the same church for the RECEPTION OF THE BODY AND VIGIL MASS.

The church is a short walk (8 mins) from Harpenden rail station. For parking: note that after 10.30am you can park on the single yellow lines further up Rothamsted Ave and along Avenue St Nicholas nearby; and there is a public car park on Amenbury Lane 5 mins away.


  • Please bring an alb and a purple chasuble (or stole)


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