Our Lenten bulletin board. Purple strips – Sundays in Lent. Pink for Laetare Sunday. Red for Passion Sunday. Gold for Holy Week ( yeah, I know..). Pics for Feast days, Confirmation anniversary, birthdays, wedding anniversary, Maundy Thursday, Good Friday…
How should we respond to the invitation to conversion that Jesus addresses to us in this time of Lent? How can there be a serious change in our life? First of all, we must open our hearts to the penetrating call that comes to us from the Liturgy. The time of preparation for Easter is a providential gift from the Lord and a precious opportunity to draw closer to himk, turning inward to listen to his promptings deep within. Pope John Paul II Lenten Message 2001. Lent and Easter Wisdom from Pope John Paul II
Concede nobis, Domine, praesidia militiae christianae sanctis inchoare jejuniis: ut contra spiritales nequitias pugnaturi, continentiae muniamur auxiliis. Per Christum Dominum nostrum. Amen.
Grant us, O Lord, to begin with holy fasts our Christian warfare: that, as we do battle with the spirits of evil, we may be protected by the help of self-denial. Through Christ our Lord. Amen.
I am thinking about liturgy this Lent. Not sure why but, as I read my St Andrew’s Missal, daily this Lent, well, then, I start to think about Mass.
And prayer. And the Faith.
Lex orandi, lex credendi (Latin loosely translated as the law of prayer is the law of belief)
The Catechism of the Catholic Church
states: The Church’s faith precedes the faith of the believer who is invited to adhere to it. When the Church celebrates the sacraments, she confesses the faith received from the apostles – whence the ancient saying: lex orandi, lex credendi (or: legem credendi lex statuat supplicandi, according to Prosper of Aquitaine [5th cent.]). The law of prayer is the law of faith: the Church believes as she prays. Liturgy is a constitutive element of the holy and living Tradition.
And I found the below online, from a Foreward to True Development of Liturgy – reflections on the the shape of the liturgy after Vatican II –
Some practices which Sacrosanctum Concilium had never even contemplated were allowed into the Liturgy, like Mass versus populum, Holy Communion in the hand, altogether giving up on the Latin and Gregorian Chant in favour of the vernacular and songs and hymns without much space for God, and extension beyond any reasonable limits of the faculty to concelebrate at Holy Mass. There was also the gross misinterpretation of the principle of “active participation.” Archbishop Ranjith (secretary of the Congregration for Divine Worship)