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.
This week Louise Outram, one of the Assistant Masters of Ceremonies reflects on her experience of ministry. The pink sash Louise is wearing in the photo indicates she is ministering as an AMC. Traditionally the Master of Ceremonies wears the Bishop’s colour. When the discernment and formation process is complete the AMC will wear appropriate vesture.
As I mentioned last week, I truly enjoy my role as Master of Ceremonies, bringing my passion for and knowledge of the liturgical life of the Church to the service of the Church of Maitland-Newcastle.
This week Fr. Andrew reflects on what attracted him to the ministry of Master of Ceremonies.
The public celebration of the liturgy of the Church is a primary means by which the community of faith gives public worship to God in response to the Paschal Mystery.
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.