Wednesday, 30 January 2013

Day 2: Liturgy - We Pray

Modern Day

Reporting from Croke Park on the 17 June 2012, Fr Thomas Rosia commented that ‘This temple

of football and rugby was transformed into an outdoor cathedral.’ Over 75,000 people from

over 120 countries gathered in Croke Park to celebrate the

Statio Orbis, or the final Mass of

the International Eucharistic Congress 2012. In his homily, Cardinal Ouellet said that ‘Faith is

the most precious gift we have received with baptism. Let’s not keep it private and fearful!

Let it grow as a splendid tree through sharing everywhere.’ And so from the 10 – 17 June 2012,

Dublin celebrated liturgies that allowed our faith to grow in a public and unfearful way. It

began with the opening ceremony and celebration of the Eucharist on day 1, with a theme

of ‘gathering’. Throughout the week there were daily celebrations of morning prayer, an

Ecumenical Liturgy of Word and Water, a Liturgy of Reconciliation, Anointing of the Sick, and

on day 4 there was an Evening Eucharistic Procession. The idea of a Eucharistic Procession still

exists around the country on the Feast of

Corpus Christi. This is when the Blessed Sacrament

is placed in a monstrance and processed through a village, town or city. Over a PA system,

prayers and music are led.

There were also many talks over the course of the week. One such talk on liturgy, given by

Julie Kavanagh, outlined the foundational principles of ritual and liturgy. She stated that

liturgy is ‘embodied ritual’. This means that we are bodily people and these bodies ‘do’ liturgy.

She quoted the late Aidan Kavanagh to point out that ‘liturgy is the Church caught in the act

of being itself’. Liturgy is action as well as being words and symbols. Liturgy is where we meet

Christ. We meet Christ through scripture, the Eucharist and the priest, but also through the

people who gather. What was the overall affect of the 50

th International Eucharistic Congress?

Archbishop Diarmuid Martin stated that the IEC ‘awakened in our hearts something which

went way beyond our plans and expectations’.

Create your own Liturgical


First you are going to calculate the dates of the different special days in the liturgical year and

then you are going to create your very own liturgical calendar.

Step 1:

Find Christmas day and count back 4 Sundays to find the date of the first Sunday of



Step 2:

In order to work out the date of Easter Sunday, you must find out the date for the first

full moon after the Spring Equinox. Easter Sunday is the following Sunday. So, if the first full

moon after the Spring Equinox is 31 March, find the date of Easter Sunday (if this date falls on a

Sunday then that is the date of Easter)


Step 3:

Now, take the date for Easter Sunday, and subtract 46 to get the date for Ash



Step 4:

Take the date of Easter Sunday, and find the date of the Sunday before. This is the date

for Palm Sunday


Step 5:

Next, take the date for Palm Sunday and go to the following Thursday. This is the date

for Holy Thursday


Step 6:

The day following Holy Thursday is Good Friday


Step 7:

Now take the date of Easter Sunday and add 40 days. This is the Feast of the Ascension

of the Lord into Heaven


Step 8:

Take the date of Easter Sunday and add 50 days. This is the Feast of Pentecost


Step 9:

Lastly, look at Christmas Day 2014. From here, count back 4 Sundays and find the date

for the first Sunday of Advent for the next liturgical year