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St. Mary Magdalen's
Catholic Church
Willesden Green
London NW10
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Friday, May 30, 2008
week of the 1st June 2008
FRIDAY: MERCY IN MUSIC - as well as in words and paint.
The theme of our annual concert this Friday evening, led by Patricia Rozario and Mark Troop, which is in aid of our expensive new Church boilers, is “The Quality of Mercy”.

The theme comes from that for the month of June, which begins today, the Sacred Heart of Jesus, the seat of his powerful love and mercy as revealed to St Margaret Mary back in the 16th Century. In the last Century the visionary St Faustina Kowalska saw Jesus with rays of light coming from His heart. She also received revelations concerning the “Divine Mercy”. For instance she heard the words: “The flames of mercy are burning Me - clamouring to be spent; I want to pour them out upon these souls....Distrust on the part of souls is tearing at My insides.” These and other words she recorded will be recited at the concert, as will the source of our concert theme, Portia's plea in Shakespeare's the Merchant of Venice: “The Quality of Mercy is not strained, ...”. Local actors Toby and Michelle Byrne will perform this for us.

The Catechism reminds us that Jesus' Sacred Heart was “pierced by our sins and for our salvation” (n.476). Blood and water flowed out representing the healing and life given to us through the Sacraments. Not long ago Patricia Rozario commissioned a friend, a recent parishioner of ours, Francesca Pringle, to paint a representation of the Sacred Heart. This led to her producing a number of paintings some of which will be on display during the concert, hanging from the pillars in the front half of the Church. They flowed from some of Francesca's reading of Kahlil Gibran and Rudolf Steiner as well as a childhood fascination with understanding the Sacred Heart, which “led to a subconscious quest to understand the SPIRITUAL HEART in its broadest sense: the centre, life's sacred heart, the veil ... I explored the image of the Sacred Heart .... abstracting, expressing, allowing the images to flow freely. I tried to understand the veil to shed it, to touch the centre”.

Also at this concert Martin Plunkett, our youth worker of the last three years who leaves us this summer, will be performing, with some young people from our Year 7/Year 8 Youth Club, the beautiful theme tune of the musical he produced here two years ago, Rock of the Anointed, about the mercy given to and received by King David: “When cares increase in my heart, Lord, your Mercy holds me up ...” (Psalm 93/94).

posted by Sinead Reekie at 1:44 pm