The very action of accepting with a willingness to have our faces smeared and smudged with dirt militates against all that the human person does and ensures to have an appearance that is pleasant and presentable to the world.
At the Mass of the Lord’s Supper, the symbolic action of the washing of the feet (also called mandatum), contains many layers of significance. The principal and traditional meaning of the Holy Thursday mandatum is the biblical injunction of Christian charity: Christ’s disciples are to love one another, thus the mandatum ritualises this action of Christ.
Good Friday as we all know is the day when Christians ob-serve the commemoration of the Crucifixion of Jesus Christ. And we also believe Jesus died on Good Friday. It was His death day. But Good Friday must not only remain a death day, it must be connected to Easter, which symbolises the loving response of the Father to the obedient Son and of Christ’s victory and power over death.
There have been questions from the faithful about the varied practices or forms of Adoration of the Cross on Good Friday. This discussion will hope to bring about better understanding and appreciation of the liturgy on the day we commemorate Christ's death on the Cross for us.
The Vigil Mass of Holy Saturday is the culmination of the Church's liturgical calendar having come through the season of Lent and Holy Week. The Church recalls for herself this foundational moment in the suffering, death and resurrection of Jesus Christ, her Lord and Master.
For us Christians, Eastertide is to live with the joyful spirit and conviction of the resurrection of Jesus. It is to have that hope against all odds, to trust in the power of the resurrection, and to glorify the Lord in all that we encounter.
Pentecost is considered the birthday of the Church – Peter, the first Pope, preaches for the first time and converts thousands of new believers.
Apart from the Mass, the rosary is perhaps the most wellknown Catholic prayer. We pray the rosary while waiting for Mass to begin, when we are travelling, when we pray together as a family or neighbourhood group and when we gather at a funeral wake.
Although we recall the mystery of the Eucharist at every liturgy, the feast of Corpus Christi uniquely refocuses our vision. It reminds us all of our poverty and neediness. Spiritually, we cannot live without the nourishment of Christ. And it is by being fed with the Word of God in both the Scriptures and in the Sacrament that we receive life.