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
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
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
Lent and Easter are very early this year. In fact, Ash Wednesday is only a week and a half away, on 10 February. Easter Sunday, and consequently the weeks of Lent and Easter either side of it, is obviously not determined by a fixed date. It is set by looking to the cycles of the earth … Continue reading When’s Easter This Year?
Carmel Bulletin, 22 February 2015 Hopefully things look and feel a bit different at Mass this weekend than they did last weekend. The large banners have come down and the plants and flowers are all gone. There may be less music, and instruments should only be used to accompany singing, as opposed to being used for … Continue reading Reflecting the Penitential Nature of Lent