Month: April 2011

Holy Thursday – Liturgy preparation

The liturgy that begins at the Mass of the Lord’s Supper continues until Easter begins. At the Mass, we are at the start of a three-day celebration of the passion, death and resurrection of Jesus. We journey from the Last Supper to Gethsemane the first night, from there to Calvary on the second day, and from the tomb to resurrection and new life on the third day, which ends with the Vigil of Easter Sunday.

Report on meeting of ACP in Cork

About twenty five priests attended the meeting in Ovens on 12 April, as did Tony Flannery from the Leadership Team. It was a lively, energetic meeting, with plenty of contributions from the people present. The first item on the agenda was a report on the survey conducted among ACP members in Munster in preparation for the Apostolic Visitors. Respondents said that their own personal morale was high, but that they believed that priests’ morale generally was low….

Two Items from Scottish Priest, Mike Fallon, relating to liturgical texts

Some time ago we published here an open letter written by Fr. Mike Fallon to the Bishops of Scotland relating to the liturgical texts.  He received no reply from any of them, so he has decided to write a second letter.  We publish this here, and also the text of an interview he gave on the subject.  For those of us involved in the issue here, there is a ring of familiarity about his experience.

Holy Week Penance Service – Liturgy Preparation

This liturgy, for use in parishes in Holy Week, is a celebration of God’s forgiveness, and of our reconciliation with God and one another. The service has four parts. After a brief introduction (the first part), people listen to God’s word and reflect on it. Then all  celebrate the Rite of Reconciliation, during which everyone will have the opportunity of going to Confession. The service ends with an Act of Thanksgiving.

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