The Southern Cross : June 2012
Page 20 June 2012 www.thesoutherncross.org.au The Southern Cross | worship SUPPLIERS OF RELIGIOUS GIFTS BOOKS CANDLES CHURCHWARE Communion and Confirmation Gifts and Cards now available and much more TRADING HOURS: 9.30am -- 5pm Weekdays 9.30am -- 1.00pm Saturday 183A Findon Road, Findon SA 5023 Ph: 08 8244 1811 Fax: 08 8244 1822 Email: email@example.com www.christiansuppliesaustralia.com.au INVITATION St Agnes Catholic Church Booleroo Centre You are invited to celebrate the centenary of St Agnes Catholic Church, Booleroo Centre on Sunday August 5, 2012 beginning with Mass at 10am followed by a BBQ lunch in Sports Complex. RSVP: by Friday July 20 to Rev. Mgr Don Victory phone 08 8667 2020 or email firstname.lastname@example.org Celebrating 100 years With the Year of Grace commencing on Pentecost Sunday, Father Anthony Kain from the Office for Worship talks about the theme "Start Afresh from Christ" and how it relates to Corpus Christi, the feast of which we celebrate on June 9. The Year of Grace invites us to be aware that we live in a world of Grace, the living and loving presence of God. The feast of Corpus Christi (the body of Christ) developed in our Catholic tradition to celebrate the real presence of Christ in the consecrated bread in the Blessed Sacrament that is kept in the tabernacle for adoration, private prayer and for taking to those unable to be at Mass. There were, and are, processions of the Blessed Sacrament to celebrate this mystery. It is good, obviously, not to limit our understanding of the 'real presence' of Christ or this feast to the Blessed Sacrament reserved in the Tabernacle. We are led by the Catholic Catechism and the Constitution on the Sacred Liturgy of the Second Vatican Council to appreciate different modes of the real presence of Christ. The obvious mode of our participation in the real presence is when we attend Mass and approach communion. It is here that we, ourselves, each of us and all of us, become the body of Christ, to become his real presence taken into the world of today. It is a sacred act of participation in Christ, 'starting afresh from him' with this bread and this wine on this day. A practice in the living memory of older Catholics is that most people didn't always go to communion each Sunday; some went only once a year. Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament was seen as enough. Such practice had also to do with feelings of unworthiness. Pope St Pius X got us moving on frequent communion last century. Another of these modes of the real presence is the 'gathered assembly' -- WE are the body of Christ through our baptism and our life in the Spirit. Yet another mode is the real presence of Christ in the Word of God, especially the Gospels. Here God speaks to us in Christ, 'the Word made flesh dwelling amongst us'. We are in communion with what Jesus said and did as Good News. This aspect of the real presence' was a special love of the Protestant Reformation and it is really only in recent decades that we Catholics have come to appreciate what they were on about. Some of we older Catholics would remember that to fulfil your obligation of attending Mass on a Sunday you had to be there from the Offertory (presentation of the gifts) to the Priest's Communion. You didn't have to be there for the Word! And the congregation did not have to be there for Communion! Things have changed and perhaps one of the best things to come out of the Renewal of the Second Vatican Council is the opening up of the Word of God to us. The final mode of the presence of Christ is in the ordained priest who leads and focuses our celebration of the Eucharist. One of the things that the Year of Grace is inviting us to do is to think about images, icons of Christ. The idea of the icon being a mode of the real presence of the holy person depicted in the painting is especially strong among the Orthodox and Eastern churches. When a person creates an icon in those traditions they do not 'paint' the picture, they 'pray' it into existence. By thinking of all these various modes of the real presence we get a richer sense of the gift that is the Mass; we gather with the ordained as Christ's Body, we listen to God's Word, we bring bread and wine to this altar on this day and we place ourselves with Christ as gift to God and the gift of Christ is given to us in Communion; having participated in this mystery we are sent forth with a purpose to glorify the Lord by our lives. We "start afresh from Christ"! IMAGINE: Father Anthony Kain has created his own image, or icon, of the "face of Christ" which he hopes will appeal to the younger generation. It is his interpretation of what Jesus might look like in the 21st century. 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