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Video Reflection – The Easter Triduum

A Reflection for Palm Sunday

WE ARE ALL FAMILIAR WITH THE PASSAGE of the Passion Narrative in St. Mathew鈥檚 Gospel in which Jesus is brought before Pilate by the chief priests and elders to condemn Him to death. Pilate is convinced of his innocence but weak in his resolve to free him. He washes his hands and declares 鈥淚 am innocent of this man鈥檚 blood. It is your concern! The rabble respond 鈥淗is blood be upon us and upon our children.鈥
Think deeply for a moment—–鈥楯esus loves us and washes away our sins in his own blood.鈥 He poured out the very last drop of his precious blood Just to save you and me. That is the reality; his blood is upon us and our children. We are bathed in this blood particularly at the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass and in the Sacrament of Penance as St Catherine of Siena is so fond of […]

A St Patrick’s Day Poem

On St Patrick鈥檚 Day we usually have a little Celebration/Concert in the afternoon. This year one of our Sisters recited this poem (her own composition), which we would like to share with you.

IRELAND, DEAR IRELAND
Ireland, dear Ireland
So fair, so green,
Proud of her Mother 鈥
Our Lady, Our Queen.
Proud of her Patron,
St. Patrick, so dear,
To each Irish heart 鈥
Especially near.
Shepherd of souls,
God鈥檚 gift to us all,
Man of deep Prayer,
Who answered God鈥檚 Call 鈥
A Call to bring
Gospel tidings of Joy,
Which God had taught him,
As a young Shepherd boy.
Called to teach the Irish,
In this special land,
All that God鈥檚 goodness
For them had planned 鈥
To spread the Faith,
God鈥檚 gift beyond measure,
And to spread His Love,
A priceless treasure.
Dear Father in Heaven,
On this beautiful day
With pleading hearts,
We earnestly pray 鈥
In this Emerald Isle,
Please strengthen anew,
The Gift of Faith,
With trusting hearts, we 鈥榯hank You鈥.
Amen.

Ancient Antiphons for a New Year

Speaking about God and speaking with God must always go together.

The liturgy is not a secondary theme next to the preaching about the living God,

but the realization of our relationship with God鈥 (p. Benedict XVI)

The different times in the year- ordinary time, Advent, Christmas, Lent and Ester- should feel different, different melodies, different colours, as different as the spring is from the summer, and summer from the autumn. Often the modern liturgy does not communicate this.

In our 2019 Calendar we share with you some images of a beautifully illuminated antiphonary from our archives, which was used for Vespers of the Major Feasts through the year, until the liturgy changed after Vatican II. The work of illustration was accomplished by the sisters over many years and completed in 1910.

Liturgical celebration is a constant thread running through our days so that we might be woven in our ‘consecration to […]

A Reflection for Week 4 of Advent

With the fourth Sunday of Advent, the Lord鈥檚 Birth is at hand. With the words of the prophet Micah, the Liturgy invites us to look at Bethlehem, the little town in Judea that witnessed the great event. Unfortunately, in our day, it does not represent an attained and stable peace, but rather a peace sought with effort and hope. Yet God is never resigned to this state of affairs, so that this year too, in Bethlehem and throughout the world, the mystery of Christmas will be renewed in the Church. Today, as in the times of Jesus, Christmas is not a fairy-tale for children but God鈥檚 response to the drama of humanity in search of true peace.
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A Reflection on the ‘O Antiphon’ for the 22nd of December

O King whom all the peoples desire
You are the cornerstone which makes all one.
O come and save us whom you made from clay.
 

What is my desire? Do I really have desire for this King, as today鈥檚 鈥極 Antiphon鈥 proclaimed?

鈥極 King whom all the peoples desire鈥

The desire for God is part of what we are.

Christmas time offers for us a lot of wishes鈥 But as soon as we open the gifts there will be a inevitable sense of disappointment. 鈥業s that it?鈥 the small child asks when all the presents have been unwrapped. The desire remains even if you get what you asked for, and especially, if you get what you asked for! The longing is unsatisfied鈥

Much later the child learned the lesson of Augustine and come to know that there is a space inside us that nothing but the uncontained God can fill.

I remember when in my 16th year […]

A Reflection on the ‘O Antiphon’ for the 21st of December

On this the shortest day of the year it is appropriate that our 鈥極 Antiphon鈥 has the theme of light bringing us hope that darkness can never overpower Eternal Light.

 

Recently while reading an article in the National Geographic on 鈥楽olar Sailing in Space鈥- which I did not fully understand! – one sentence caught my attention: scientists in the last century have discovered that 鈥渓ight is pure energy 鈥 that property in nature that makes things go, run or happen.鈥 These four words 鈥榣ight is pure energy鈥 seemed to jump out of the page and immediately all the references to light in relation to God in the Old and New Testaments flooded my mind.聽 Light is pure energy!聽 What a wonderful image of God! And how appropriate! Is it possible to describe light? 聽鈥 yet we live and move and have our being in the light.

What scientists are now discovering […]

A Reflection on the ‘O Antiphon’ for the 20th of December

O come now Key of David, come, and open wide our heavenly home,
Make safe the way that leads on high and close the path to misery.
Rejoice, rejoice! Emmanuel shall come to you O Israel.
 

As today, we pray in our 鈥極 Antiphon鈥 鈥 鈥極 key of David, come and close the path to misery鈥 or as another translation expresses it: 鈥榗ome and lead the captive free from prison, free those who sit in darkness and in the shadow of death鈥 鈥 we reflect聽 that a key both opens and locks a door.聽 What is it that keeps our hearts and lives imprisoned and locked up?聽 What door needs to be opened to free us to live peacefully and trustfully in the Presence of God in the midst of the聽 daily upsets that can occur and all the noise and turmoil of today鈥檚 world?聽聽 Very often it is FEAR in one […]

A Reflection on the ‘O Antiphon’ for the 18th of December

O Adonai and leader of Israel,
You appeared to Moses in a burning bush
and You gave him the Law on Sinai.
O come,
and save us with Your mighty power.
(with arm outstretched to save)

What do you want from Christmas?
 

These last days of Advent seem to intend to teach us what to ask of the LORD 鈥 maybe in order that we may truly know and understand how to be human; and above all, that our humanity is meant to be one which seeks to serve.

 

鈥溾 the Son of man came not to serve, but to serve, and to give my life as a ransom for many.鈥 ( Mk 10:45)

 

What desire in my soul at the moment of my encounter with the

Infant Saviour of the world 鈥 with God 鈥

is awakened?

What do I want from Christmas?

 

Yesterday, we called upon the LORD who is Wisdom.

This evening we call upon Him as LORD and Leader: […]

A Reflection on the ‘O Antiphon’ for the 17th of December

鈥淥 Wisdom,

You come forth from the mouth of the Most High.

You fill the universe

and hold all things together

in a strong yet gentle manner.

O come to teach us the way of truth.鈥

Today we will sing the first of the 鈥極 Antiphons鈥; the beautiful Magnificat Antiphons for the final days of preparation for the coming of Christ at Christmas. These Antiphons address Christ by various titles/attributes and beseech him to 鈥楥ome鈥.

 

This first Antiphon addresses Christ as 鈥榃isdom鈥. It is a wonderful thing to recognise that Christ is Wisdom and to remember that 鈥渢he wisdom which comes from above is marked chiefly indeed by its purity, but also by its peacefulness; it is courteous and ready to be convinced, always taking the better part; it carries mercy with it, and a harvest of all that is good; it is uncensorious and without affectation鈥 (Jas 3:17-18).

 

Our world desperately needs such wisdom; not […]