Changes to our Ash Wednesday Ritual

Carmel Bulletin, 14 February 2021 We are all used to the Ash Wednesday ritual. With a thumb dipped in ashes, a cross is marked on our foreheads, with the call: “Repent, and believe in the Gospel”, or the blunt reminder: “Remember you are dust, and to dust you shall return”. This Wednesday, we will again … Continue reading Changes to our Ash Wednesday Ritual

Resisting Temptation and Making Space

Carmel Bulletin, 17 March 2019 The Temptation in the Wilderness, c. 1898Briton Riviere (1840-1920)Guildhall Art Gallery, London The Sundays of Lent begin each year with an account of the temptation of Jesus in the wilderness.  Temptations can be easy to come by, and hard to ignore! For liturgical musicians, one temptation can be to want … Continue reading Resisting Temptation and Making Space

As the Church fasts, so does the church fast

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. … Continue reading As the Church fasts, so does the church fast

Seeing the Face of Mercy this Lent

  Lent is a time when we, among other things, celebrate the unconditional and boundless mercy of God.  This is evident throughout the season, but is probably epitomised for many in the parable of the Prodigal Son, which we will hear in a couple of weeks’ time. Jesus presents the father in this parable as … Continue reading Seeing the Face of Mercy this Lent