GALLERY: Beautiful liturgy marks National Reconciliation Week

Earlier today, students and staff from Catholic schools around the diocese joined friends, family and parishioners in a moving liturgy to celebrate National Reconciliation Week.

The annual Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Student Liturgy was led by Bishop Bill and Fr Andrew Doohan. The moving ceremony featured the presentation of symbols from the seven Aboriginal nations represented in our schools - Gamilaroi (the gift of fire), Wanarua (the gift of water), Wiradjuri (the gift of earth), Darkinjung (the gift of plants, seeds and berries), Biripi (the gift of eagle feathers), Worimi (the gift of coal) and Awabakal (a message stick). 

Participants in the liturgy were given small stones upon entering the Cathedral, which represented "hardness of heart" that blocks us from reconciliation and joy. Bishop Bill then invited the gathering to bring their stones forward and place them in vessels, "as a sign of our willingness to let go of our hardness of heart and commit to the task of reconciliation".

Below is a gallery of images from the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Student Liturgy. Photos courtesy of Liam Beckett.

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