Carmel bulletin, 12 March 2017
When arriving at Mass last Sunday, one of young parishioners observed that the church looked very bare.
Perhaps you noticed this as well. It may have been the lack of flowers or banners. It may have been that there was less music within the Mass than what you’re used to.
We’re well aware that during Lent, we as a Church (the people of God) are called to fast. This fasting sees us go without what is unnecessary in our lives and focus on what we really need. The first need, of course, is a deep and loving relationship with God who continually invites us to be closer to him.
Similarly, during this season, our church (the building) reflects our Lenten practice with its own fasting. It goes without the extra decoration. It goes without the extra hymns and without the instrumental music. It goes without the echo of Alleluia within its four walls for six and a half weeks.
All of this helps us to build in our anticipation and eagerness for celebrating the glorious resurrection of our Lord at Easter.