The Confraternity of the Blessed Sacrament (CBS) was founded in 1862 as part of the Catholic Revival in the Church of England. Its aim was to be, first of all, a confraternity of men and women praying and working for a greater devotion to Jesus Christ in the Eucharist and in the Sacrament of his Body and Blood. Wherever possible members of CBS meet together in local Wards for prayer, worship and mutual support under the guidance of a priest as Ward Superior.
The Daily Confraternity Prayer
look, we pray, on the face of your beloved Son, and for the sake of his merits mercifully hear the prayers which throughout our Confraternity we continually offer to you; and grant us unity, a true faith, and a life agreeable to your will; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
Anyone interested in joining with us in this powerful ministry of prayer should contact Fr. Ryan.
CBS Associates agree to uphold a common rule of life which consists of three simple parts:
receiving communion on all Sundays and greater holy days unless prevented by illness or travel,
some degree of fasting before receiving communion, and
offering the Eucharistic sacrifice as an act of intercession for anyone the Associate desires to lift up to God in this special and powerful way.
St. George’s Ward of the Confraternity of the Blessed Sacrament has begun to play an important part in the prayer life of the parish. The present members (called Associates) have formed an intercessory prayer group, praying every day for those with special needs. Daily, one of the associates prays
before the Blessed Sacrament in St. George’s Chapel, interceding for those whose names parishioners have written in the Parish Intercessions book, and lifting up before God other concerns – local and worldwide.
The intercessions list is in a red notebook next to the tract rack in the choir entrance to the church. All are invited to write their prayer requests on the pages for each week. These intercessions also are included in the Prayers of the People at the Sunday Eucharists.
Sister Constance was a nun of the Community of St. Mary who, with her Companions, ministered to those stricken with the Yellow Fever epidemic in Memphis, Tennessee, in August of 1878. While 30,000 citizens fled in terror, a few brave men and women remained at their posts to assist in spite of the terrible risk. More than 5,000 people died of the disease, including Constance and her companions.
The Episcopal Church commemorates Constance and her Companions on September 9, the date of her death.
St. George's mission is to share together God's work in our lives through liturgy and sacrament, through joyous and caring fellowship, and through courageous and compassionate engagement with the world.
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