Monday, 4 April 2011

Merstham Transfigured


Fr Charles with children and banner
Photo Janet Franklin

Ann Lardeur from St Teresa's, Merstham in the Nativity of the Lord parish reports: "The young children at St. Teresa's prepared this beautiful banner to illustrate the account of the Transfiguration, the reading for the second Sunday in Lent. Their individual coloured drawings conveyed the message 'Help, Follow, Listen and Pray' Together these simply encapsulated the whole meaning of the Gospel.

In his homily Fr. Charles explained the uplifting intention of the Church by always having the Transfiguration Gospel on the second Sunday of Lent each year. Speaking in the light of the experience, he and many others, had had the previous evening seeing the brilliant full moon, a "super moon" since it was at the closest to the earth for the last 20 years, he stressed the importance of such moments. He hoped all would find " whatever presses your buttons, opens up the sense of the world beyond, the pearl of great price."

He then went on to explain how our great liturgical feasts, from Easter through to Corpus Christi, are written in the night sky. Easter, being set by the first full moon after the Spring Equinox, is almost the latest it can be this year, and in the coming weeks we can watch the phases of the moon leading us there. The other Feasts follow in sequence from the date of Easter."

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