Category: Liturgy

Behold The Man

“So Jesus came out wearing the crown of thorns and the purple robe. Pilate said to them – ‘Behold the man’.” (John 19:5)   Throughout Holy Week, the Church greatly encourages us to maintain an air of solemnity and, as far as possible, of silence, keeping our minds and spirits focussed on the events we celebrate this week, as we approach the Sacred Triduum which begins on Thursday. An interior silence allows us to be mindful of these events, whilst an exterior silence removes noise and distractions and allows us to listen for – and respond to – the...

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Epiphany – A Different Way

“They saw the Child with His Mother, Mary, and falling to their knees they did Him homage” Matthew 2:11   Today’s feast of the Epiphany tells a strange and mysterious tale. In his Gospel, Saint Matthew writes of “some wise men” who have come “from the East” looking for the Saviour who has been born, having followed the star which had arisen in the sky. After encountering King Herod, they go on to Bethlehem, where they find the Child and His Mother, and they offer Him their homage and their gifts of gold, frankincense and myrrh. After this, having...

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Christmas – The Beginning of Mercy

“Blessed be the Lord, the God of Israel; He has visited His people and redeemed them. He has raised up for us a mighty Saviour in the House of David“ – ‘Benedictus’, from Morning Prayer of the Liturgy of the Hours   The message of Divine Mercy begins with Christmas; on this day, Mercy becomes incarnate – “today, in the town of David, a Saviour has been born to you; He is Christ the Lord” (Lk.2:11). As the Angels told the Shepherds that Christmas morning, this was ‘news of great joy, a joy to be shared by the whole world’. Christ...

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The Joy of Mercy

‘My soul proclaims the greatness of the Lord; my spirit rejoices in God my Saviour’ (Lk.1:46-47)   On Gaudete Sunday, the third Sunday of the Advent Season, the readings of the Mass are filled with a sense of joy – indeed, ‘Guadete’ means ‘rejoice’ and so this is very much the theme of this day and gives the day it’s name. Isaiah rejoices because ‘God is the joy of my soul’. And in the ever-beautiful ‘Magnificat’, the great canticle of Mary, presented to us today as the Responsorial Psalm, the Blessed Virgin sings Her own song of joy, proclaiming the...

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The Lord Who Comes

“See the Name of the Lord comes from afar. His splendour fills the whole world” (Magnificat antiphon for Evening Prayer I of the first Sunday of Advent)   As we enter the Season of Advent today – or, more correctly, at dusk yesterday evening, with Evening Prayer I – we also begin a new liturgical year. Everything in the Liturgy now points toward the future, to the Lord who comes. At the immediate level, we look forward to His birth at Christmas; but at the broader level, we are really looking further into the future, to the great coming of...

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