Alleluia, alleluia

The Second Sunday of Easter brings to an end the Easter Octave; an eight-day period of particular celebration of the Resurrection.

The first eight days of the Easter season make up the octave of Easter and are celebrated as solemnities of the Lord.

General Norms of the Liturgical Year and the Calendar, no. 24

Then-Bishop of Parramatta (now Archbishop of Sydney) Most Rev Anthony Fisher OP giving the final blessing at the parish celebration of Confirmation, 2014.  Photo © Alphonsus Fok, 321 Photography

One difference in the liturgy of the Easter Octave is in the dismissal at the end of Mass, which includes a double alleluia:

Go forth, the Mass is ended, alleluia, alleluia.
Thanks be to God, alleluia, alleluia.

The dismissal with double alleluia also concludes the Mass on Pentecost Sunday.

Making a Comeback

After a period of about three months, the regular liturgy column will be making its return to Carmel, our parish bulletin, this weekend.  As part of its online, our site now has a new look and a new name.  Don’t worry though, the web address is still the same, so you’ll still find everything just where you left it.  We hope you’ll keep an eye on what’s happening (why not subscribe to our feed?) and find some of our material helpful.

17/2/13 – Lent

Sanctuary prepared for LentThis week, we began the season of Lent.  In our liturgical celebrations of the season, we mark this season of penitence and preparation for Easter in a number of ways.

The Penitential Act in the Introductory Rites will include the praying of the Confiteor (I confess to almighty God…).  Please remember that the text of this prayer is included on the Order of Mass pew cards at the doors if you need it.  The Gloria is not sung, and the word Alleluia is not used during this season.

The Profession of Faith will take the form of the Apostle’s Creed.

You will also notice less music during the Lenten season.  Instruments can only be used to accompany singing.  Some hymns, such as the recessional hymn, may be omitted during the season.  If there is not a recessional hymn, please ensure that you wait for the priest and servers to process out of the church before leaving.

10/2/13 – Liturgy Committee Meeting Report

Liturgy CommitteeThe Liturgy Committee met on Wednesday evening.

The committee began by finalising details regarding preparations for the season of Lent, which begins on Wednesday.  Feedback was also given regarding the recently completed formation workshops for Ministers of Children’s Liturgy of the Word.  We look forward to more parishioners taking part in this worthwhile ministry in the future, and to be able to provide continued support and formation to all ministers.  Parishioners who regularly attend 9:00 am Sunday Mass will notice some small changes to the celebration of Children’s Liturgy of the Word over the coming weeks, particularly in developing a common practice for dismissing the children, and acknowledging their return for the Liturgy of the Eucharist.  These will be trialled and evaluated in coming months.

Also addressed at the meeting were the preparations for Holy Week and the Easter Triduum.  Existing practices were evaluated and reviewed, with many being continued this year.  Some new initiatives from last year, such as the celebration of Evening Prayer on Easter Sunday, proved to be effective, and will also be maintained.

Reports were received on the first meeting of sacristans held last Saturday, and on the Guild of St Stephen Altar Servers Conference, which two of our junior servers attended.  The committee began some initial consideration of matters it wished to explore in further detail during the year.

Parishioners are always welcome to raise matters with the Liturgy Committee at any time by emailing, or by speaking to Fr Paul or any member of the committee.  If you are corresponding in writing, please ensure your correspondence is signed and return contact details are provided, so that we can respond appropriately.