Pope Benedict XVI

"Beauty... is not mere decoration, but rather an essential element of the liturgical action, since it is an attribute of God Himself and His revelation."
(Pope Benedict XVI, Sacramentum Caritatis, 35)

21 March 2010

Passion Sunday - First Sunday in Passiontide

Sun 21 PASSION SUNDAY (FIRST SUNDAY in PASSIONTIDE) (1 Cl V) Station at St. Peter's.
No Gl Cr Pr of the Holy Cross
No Judica No Gloria Patri at the Introit & Lavabo
5pm. St. Patrick's Church, College Road, Kilkenny. 
Celebrant: Rev. Thomas O'Toole CC
'Believe me when I tell you this; 
if a man is true to my word, to all eternity he will never see death.' 
Passion Sunday, Gospel, John8.46-59
This Sunday marks the start of Passiontide. In 'sacred time' we begin our immediate preparation for the celebration of the mystery of redemption in the Easter cycle. The external signs of this  deepening of the Lenten period is marked by the veiling of the crucifix and images in the church (used as objects of veneration and not just decoration), the 'Gloria Patri' is not recited in the Mass or the Offices and the psalm 'Judica' is not recited at the start of Mass.

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