Lenten Programmes 2017
A New Zealand online resource:
The following links lead to programmes for Lenten reflection available from Australia:
The Grace of Earth – A free Lenten Resource (Year A)
Irish Lenten resource:
see also https://www.sacredspace.ie/
The December issue of Liturgy has been mailed out to all parishes of the Auckland Diocese and other subscribers from throughout New Zealand and internationally. Subscriptions within New Zealand are $25.00 per year (4 issues). Please use our Contact Page to subscribe. This edition includes articles on RCIA and music. Of particular interest is an article by Timothy P.O’Malley ” Why Chant is Good for Children” Read more her.
Also included is an article on Liturgy and Presence on the Internet.
Worship Under the Southern Cross
The Australian Academy of Liturgy is an ecumenical association of specialists in Christian Liturgy and related disciplines, with a particular commitment to the understanding and development of liturgy in the Australian context. Their biennial National Conference is to be held in the Hunter Valley from 17 to 20 January 2017 and Rev Anthony Doran, President of the Academy, has issued a warm invitation to New Zealanders to attend. There is an expressed openness to forming a New Zealand chapter of the Academy. For more information or to register visit the website: http://www.liturgy.org.au/
Extraordinary Jubilee Year of Mercy
May the concluding part of Holy Year’s official prayer be an inspiration for all the Christian faithful to continue experiencing the profound and loving mercy of God, and to share that mercy with all men and women throughout the world:
Send your Spirit and consecrate every one of us with his anointing,
so that the Jubilee of Mercy may be a year of grace from the Lord,
and your Church, with renewed enthusiasm,
may bring good news to the poor,
proclaim liberty to captives and the oppressed,and restore sight to the blind.
We ask this of you, Lord Jesus,
through the intercession of Mary, Mother of Mercy;
you who live and reign with the Father and the
Holy Spirit for ever and ever.
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Common Prayer – From Conflict to Communion
Lutheran–Catholic Common Commemoration of the Reformation in 2017
2017 marks the 500th anniversary of the Reformation. The NZCBC Committee for Ecumenism has made available the prayer resource above. The text of this prayer was prepared at the level of the Holy See by the (international) Task Force of the Lutheran-Roman Catholic Commission on Unity. It will be an invaluable resource for those parishes or dioceses wishing to commemorate this event with local Lutheran parishes.
Lutheran Bishop Mark Whitfield advises that the New Zealand Lutheran community will begin their New Zealand anniversary at dawn 1st January 2017, on the site of the first Lutheran mission in New Zealand … at Te Whakaru on the north-eastern tip of the Chatham Islands.
Pope Francis, with the Catholic and Lutheran Churches will commemorate the 500th anniversary of the Reformation on 31 October 2016 in Sweden. The Catholic-Lutheran commemoration of 500 years of the Reformation is structured around the themes of thanksgiving, repentance and commitment to common witness. The aim is to express the gifts of the Reformation and ask forgiveness for division perpetuated by Christians from the two traditions. More information https://press.vatican.va/content/salastampa/en/bollettino/pubblico/2016/06/01/160601e.html
Br Michael Herry fms & Tricia Walsh have just released their newly composed Hymn For Christian Unity: That They May Be One. The sheet music and audio are free to download but please acknowledge public use via your usual church music copyright licences. http://www.maristmusic.org.au/hymn-for-christian-unity/