Friday, 28 March 2008
Thursday, 27 March 2008
Wednesday, 26 March 2008
Albert Denehan is a well - known parishioner, who assists us in many ways. His most ceremonial role, however, is as Cathedral Mace Bearer, in which guise he leads the liturgical procession at Easter and Christmas. He is pictured above just before the sung Mass on Easter morning, outside the sacristy.
I'm not sure of the liturigical significance of it, but it certainly adds a dignity to the proceedings. The Cathedral treasury boasts two Maces, and they have been borne in procession for many years.
Posted by Mark Langham at 09:09
Tuesday, 25 March 2008
Last year, Sister Mericia (of the community of Portuguese nuns who look after Clergy House) provded a stunning Easter cake - pictures of it are here. We wondered if she could equal that magnificent creation this year. She did - or rather, surpassed it!
Posted by Mark Langham at 08:28
Monday, 24 March 2008
Posted by Mark Langham at 01:30
Sunday, 23 March 2008
The Cathedral looked never more beautiful than at the Easter Vigil. We celebrated the resurrection of the Lord with a packed Cathedral, and welcomed 22 new members of the Church.
However, we felt we should be in another season, singing 'See, amid the winter's snow', as the wintry weather set in.
Posted by Mark Langham at 09:18
Saturday, 22 March 2008
A popular ceremony that has become an established part of the Holy Saturday routine at the Cathedral is the Blessing of Food, a Polish custom, but one now enjoyed by many families.
Fr Slawek and Fr Dwayne celebrate a bi-lingual ceremony, and ask God's blessing for prosperity and plenty in the coming year.
Posted by Mark Langham at 15:31
Many thanks for your patience and kind messages - and above all your prayers - during my illness. I am not fully recovered and will not be returning to work for a while, but can at least begin posting again, even if not on a daily basis. Marcin Mazur has been taking images of the Holy Week ceremonies, and I hope to post them soon.
Today, Holy Saturday, is a day of waiting. Christ lies in the tomb, and the desolation is symbolised by the bare altars, empty tabernacles and covered images in the Cathedral. Above is the Blessed Sacrament altar, denuded of decoration, and the presence of the Lord.
As far as the Cathedral is concerned, this is also a busy day of preparation for the summit of the Christian year, the Easter Vigil celebrated this evening. Above, the candlesticks and other items stand beside the main sanctuary, ready to be restored for this evening.
I noted the handbells, to be used for the strepitus - the half-minute of joyful cacophany - during the Gloria.
Not to be forgotten, the Easter Eggs that will be distributed to children after Masses tomorrow.
Posted by Mark Langham at 15:19