Newsletter 15 September 2019

Liturgical Seasons of the Year - Our church year is broken up into distinct seasons and these seasons are identified by colour.  We are fast approaching the end of the calendar year. At the same time, we are approaching the end of the church year (in November) which is marked by the Feast of Christ the King and the beginning of a new church year with Advent in December.  Purple is the colour of Advent and Lent, marking these seasons of preparation and conversion.  The twin seasons of celebration, Easter and Christmas are represented by the festive colours of white and gold. This leaves us with Ordinary Time, which is represented by the colour green.  You will notice that the Lectern and the Altar are currently greener than usual to help with this symbolism.  Lastly, you will notice that the priest follows the same liturgical colour code.  Thank God there is no season marked by pink!

The Lectern in our churches is firstly a table, but different from other tables, in that it is reserved for sacred use.  In the same way, the Altar is reserved for the consecration of the bread and wine, the lectern is reserved for the reading of our Sacred Scriptures, from which we are fed.  To highlight this distinction, you will notice we are now making more use of the smaller lectern beside the church organ to welcome people at the beginning of Mass, lead the Prayers of the Faithful and notices at the end of Mass.  Interestingly, according to the original plan for our church the Lectern was given a more central position in the Sanctuary to highlight its prominence. Lastly, you will have also noticed extinguishing of the Lectern candle after the Liturgy of the Word to highlight the shift in focus from the table of the word to the Table of the Eucharist.

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