Pastoral Letter from the Archbishop re- norms of Roman Missal
Dear brothers and sisters in Christ,
I write to you to address how we celebrate the Holy Mass, the Eucharist, in our parish communities and throughout the archdiocese. Before addressing some specific issues regarding these celebrations of the liturgy, we rejoice to acknowledge that the celebration of the Eucharist is at the centre of our lives. At the Second Vatican Council, the Church states that the Eucharistic sacrifice is “the source and summit of the Christian life” (Lumen Gentium, 11). As Saint John Paul II noted, “the Church draws her life from the Eucharist. This truth does not simply express a daily experience of faith but recapitulates the heart of the mystery of the Church” (Ecclesia de Eucharistia, 1).
With our participation in the Eucharist, we are drawn prayerfully into the mystery of God among us, God at the centre of our lives as a people of faith. We live in a culture where much attention is given to our choices, our freedoms, our favourites, our fashions, our sports teams. Our days are often filled with things that are ‘all about us’. The liturgy is something of a reprieve from all of that. It tells us about God, and draws us, mind and heart, body and soul, into the mystery of our living relationship with God, centred on God’s abiding and redeeming mercy for us.
The Eucharist brings us consciously into the presence of the Creator, author of all things, the one Jesus calls ‘abba’ and teaches us to approach as our ‘abba’, an ever-present ever-loving father. It draws us into the mystery of the Word made flesh, Jesus, who shows us the face of God’s mercy, who gives everything that we might live. And it sends us forth in mission carried by the Holy Spirit, God walking with us, guiding and inspiring us at the depth of our being, breathing life into our church....
In light of this, and after consultation with clergy, lay leaders and our archdiocesan director of liturgy, new guidelines have been drawn up around the proper celebration of the Mass in our diocese. Click below to find out more.