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)

24 March 2012

Passion Sunday

Image source: Jerome Nadal SJ
Ant. Jesus said * unto the multitudes of the Jews and unto the Chief Priests He that is of God heareth God's words; ye, therefore, hear them not, because ye are not of God. 

Passion tide has begun. The veiled crucifix and statues, the absence of the Gloria in the Mass, the Gloria Patri in the responsories, the suppression of the 'Judica me' psalm at beginning of Mass - all are liturgical signs of mourning by which the Church commemorates Our Lord's Passion.

"In the Cross of Christ, in order that we may also do something which will unite us to what He has done for us, for as the Apostle says, 'if we suffer with Him, we shall be glorified with Him'" (Pope St. Leo). Therefore, we must not only meditate on Jesus' sufferings, but also take part in them; only by bearing His Passion in our heart and in our body(cf. 2 Cor. 4:10) shall we be able to share in its fruits (Extract from the 'Divine Intimacy').

Low Mass at 5pm
St. Patrick's Church College Rd

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