The Diocesan Liturgy Council met on Wednesday last week. One of the main items on our agenda was the Perpetual Day of Remembrance which Bishop Bill declared in 2017. This week’s Liturgy Matters seeks to till the ground, inviting us all to think about what such remembering and celebration asks of us as a faith community.
Thank you everyone for your grace and understanding when, due to illness in our presenter’s family, we had to cancel the LiturgyHelp Workshops that were to be held in May. The good news is we are now all systems go for 18 and 19 June.
Let’s start the June long weekend by gathering as a diocesan community to celebrate with our neophytes. St Benedict’s Inner Newcastle is hosting this year’s Neophyte Mass. All details are found here. Come along – everyone is welcome.
Chapter 1 of Vatican II’s Constitution on the Sacred Liturgy (CSL) is headed ‘General principles for the restoration and promotion of the sacred liturgy’. Anyone who has participated in any formation run by the Diocesan Liturgy Council and me will know that I have a deep love for the liturgical principles.
Well here we are on the other side of Easter and just beginning the 50 day Easter Season which concludes with Pentecost. It is a 50 day party, so I hope Lent has made you fit! The Easter Season is like an ‘Intensive’ on how we are meant to engage with the liturgy and live from it every Sunday. If your parish hosts the RCIA you will know that this ‘intensive’ is called mystagogy. Easter mystagogy is important, not just for the newly baptised, but for all of us as we seek to deepen our understanding of the meaning and implications of the Easter mystery we have just celebrated.
Some weeks ago there was an ecumenical gathering focused on the question ‘Why the cross?’ It was a wonderful, engaging, enlightening evening. Three of us spoke and I was stretched by the reflections shared by our two brothers from other Christian Churches. What follows is an abbreviation of the reflection I gave. As we journey through Holy Week which pivots on the cross, you might reflect on your own response to the question, ‘Why the Cross?’