Thursday, 2 July 2009

New Beginnings with Water, Oil and Fire!

On Saturday 13th June the church of St Anthony and St Francis in Crawley had it's new altar consecrated by Bishop Kieran. The church has recently been refurbished and renewed creating a new and beautiful liturgical space. If you are passing by the Friary Church do pop in, as I did recently, to have a look.

During the Mass the Bishop used the symbols of water, oil and fire (see pictures). These are powerful symbols that helps us enter more deeply into the mystery we celebrate. They point us to another reality, the presence and grace of God.
At the Second Vatican Council, that great meeting of all the world's Bishops in the 1960s the first document produced was on the Liturgy, The Constitution on the Sacred Liturgy (Sacrosanctum Concilium). Liturgy is an important part of the life of all parishes of the diocese. The Bishop works to support the liturgy through his Pastoral Team and in particular the Diocesan Liturgy Office including Barbara Hopper, the Liturgy Adviser, Fr Martin Jakubas, the Priest Adviser and the Liturgy Commission. There is also lots of good up-to-date news and information on the National Liturgy Office website including very sensible and measured advice on 'Swine Flu'.


"For it is the liturgy through which, especially in the divine sacrifice of the Eucharist, 'the work of our redemption is accomplished' and through the liturgy, especially, that the faithful are enabled to express in their lives and manifest to others the mystery of Christ and the real nature of the true Church." (SC 2).

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