Saturday, 31 March 2018 16:45

Happy Easter from the Carmelites

2018EETWeb150Happy Easter from the Carmelites of Australia and Timor-Leste!

Throughout the Easter Season we will remember you and your family in the masses and prayers celebrated in the National Shrine of Our Lady of Mount Carmel at Middle Park (VIC).

May the power of the Risen Christ continue to heal us and make us his Body.

Saturday, 31 March 2018 16:31

Lectio Divina for April

LDWeb150You can download and save the scripture texts, reflections and prayers for Lectio Divina for each day of this month. Lectio Divina is a traditional way of praying the Scriptures. Visit our Lectio Divina page for more information about how to pray using Lectio Divina.

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Saturday, 31 March 2018 16:25

The Great 3 Days - Easter Vigil

2018EVWeb150Our liturgy has no formal beginning. We are bringing our three days to completion. We begin around the fire with the lighting of the Easter Candle, our great symbol of the Risen Christ who is our Light. In the light of the candle we listen to the Scriptures about creation (Genesis), God’s rescue of his people (Exodus), God’s love for us (the Prophets), our baptism into Christ’s death (Romans) and the Resurrection of Jesus (Mark).

In Christ, we too have died to the old ways of living and risen to be the living Body of Christ in the world.

Friday, 30 March 2018 11:16

The Great 3 Days - Good Friday

2018GFWeb150Our afternoon liturgy is a meditation on the passion and death of the Lord. We begin listening to the words of Isaiah about the suffering servant on whom is laid the sin of all. We are struck by the brutality of the passion. We wonder at the depth of love of a God who gives up his own life that we might truly live.

We venerate the cross, not as a symbol of horrible death, but as a sign of the victory of God’s love; the end of one way of living and beginning of another. We pray with Christ’s spirit for the needs of the world. We receive again the Food that nourishes and strengthens us on our journey to Easter day.

Our ceremony has no formal beginning or end. What was begun last night will not be finished today.

Thursday, 29 March 2018 16:10

The Great Three Days - Holy Thursday

2018HTWeb150Tonight we begin the Great Three Days with the Mass of the Lord’s Supper. It is a meditation on the connection between the Eucharist and Christian love expressed in serving one another. A meditation on Jesus not only present in the Eucharist but also in the deeds of loving kindness offered to others through us.

On this night we recall Jesus’ commandment to love one another, his washing of the disciples’ feet and the breaking of the bread of his own life, not just at table, but also on the altar of the Cross, for the healing and nourishment of the world.

There is no formal end to the liturgy tonight. What has been begun is not yet ended.

Friday, 23 March 2018 15:02

Palm Sunday Reflection

2018PSWeb150Some years ago, I visited the Pro Hart Gallery in Broken Hill. Tucked up in the upper reaches of the gallery, was a painting quite different to the others.

On a sunset coloured wash, it depicted Christ weighed down with carrying his cross. Behind him straggled a ragtag bunch of humanity – the elderly, a child with only one leg on crutches, a man with a machine gun and many, many others. This painting stopped me in my tracks! It almost looked like a pen and ink sketch but for me the impact was enormous.

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