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?’
I just love the Chrism Mass. It is far better than ‘raindrops on roses and whiskers on kittens’!
All parishes and schools in the diocese have now been migrated to the new LiturgyHelp website. As promised, we have organised workshops that will assist you in accessing all the wonderful resources which are just one or two clicks away.
Happy St. Joseph’s day! May our reflection on Joseph lead us into an ever deepening listening to God’s word; a listening that opens our eyes and hearts to recognise when our ways are not consistent with God’s ways; a listening that empowers us to let go of what we thought was a good idea and do what God asks.
We have just celebrated the launch of Project Compassion. This year, we celebrated Catholic Schools Week as well. What better way to celebrate the life and mission of our Catholic Schools than for staff, students and parents to gather to do what is essential to our Catholic life: to pray; to listen to the voice of those who experience poverty and marginalisation; to listen to what God has to say about that; to commit ourselves to do something for others?