Liturgy Corner

Carmel Parish Bulletin articles from the Liturgy Committee

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We’re on the Move

We are consolidating all our parish liturgy resources into a new site,

This will help everyone using our resources to find what they’re looking for in the one place

You will find all past and future Liturgy Corner articles at

Liturgy Corner articles will no longer be published here, and we provide notice here before we eventually close this site

Thank you for your patience and support as we make this transition

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Alleluia, alleluia

The Second Sunday of Easter brings to an end the Easter Octave; an eight-day period of particular celebration of the Resurrection.

The first eight days of the Easter season make up the octave of Easter and are celebrated as solemnities of the Lord.

General Norms of the Liturgical Year and the Calendar, no. 24


Then-Bishop of Parramatta (now Archbishop of Sydney) Most Rev Anthony Fisher OP giving the final blessing at the parish celebration of Confirmation, 2014.  Photo © Alphonsus Fok, 321 Photography

One difference in the liturgy of the Easter Octave is in the dismissal at the end of Mass, which includes a double alleluia:

Go forth, the Mass is ended, alleluia, alleluia.
Thanks be to God, alleluia, alleluia.

The dismissal with double alleluia also concludes the Mass on Pentecost Sunday.

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Making a Comeback

After a period of about three months, the regular liturgy column will be making its return to Carmel, our parish bulletin, this weekend.  As part of its online, our site now has a new look and a new name.  Don’t worry though, the web address is still the same, so you’ll still find everything just where you left it.  We hope you’ll keep an eye on what’s happening (why not subscribe to our feed?) and find some of our material helpful.

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17/2/13 – Lent

Sanctuary prepared for LentThis week, we began the season of Lent.  In our liturgical celebrations of the season, we mark this season of penitence and preparation for Easter in a number of ways.

The Penitential Act in the Introductory Rites will include the praying of the Confiteor (I confess to almighty God…).  Please remember that the text of this prayer is included on the Order of Mass pew cards at the doors if you need it.  The Gloria is not sung, and the word Alleluia is not used during this season.

The Profession of Faith will take the form of the Apostle’s Creed.

You will also notice less music during the Lenten season.  Instruments can only be used to accompany singing.  Some hymns, such as the recessional hymn, may be omitted during the season.  If there is not a recessional hymn, please ensure that you wait for the priest and servers to process out of the church before leaving.

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10/2/13 – Liturgy Committee Meeting Report

Liturgy CommitteeThe Liturgy Committee met on Wednesday evening.

The committee began by finalising details regarding preparations for the season of Lent, which begins on Wednesday.  Feedback was also given regarding the recently completed formation workshops for Ministers of Children’s Liturgy of the Word.  We look forward to more parishioners taking part in this worthwhile ministry in the future, and to be able to provide continued support and formation to all ministers.  Parishioners who regularly attend 9:00 am Sunday Mass will notice some small changes to the celebration of Children’s Liturgy of the Word over the coming weeks, particularly in developing a common practice for dismissing the children, and acknowledging their return for the Liturgy of the Eucharist.  These will be trialled and evaluated in coming months.

Also addressed at the meeting were the preparations for Holy Week and the Easter Triduum.  Existing practices were evaluated and reviewed, with many being continued this year.  Some new initiatives from last year, such as the celebration of Evening Prayer on Easter Sunday, proved to be effective, and will also be maintained.

Reports were received on the first meeting of sacristans held last Saturday, and on the Guild of St Stephen Altar Servers Conference, which two of our junior servers attended.  The committee began some initial consideration of matters it wished to explore in further detail during the year.

Parishioners are always welcome to raise matters with the Liturgy Committee at any time by emailing, or by speaking to Fr Paul or any member of the committee.  If you are corresponding in writing, please ensure your correspondence is signed and return contact details are provided, so that we can respond appropriately.

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Why Does the English Translation Have to be Closer to the Latin? A Further Comment

Further to the recent article giving some explanation on the move to Formal Equivalence in translation (or an “as close as possible” match between the English and Latin), one matter I did not go into was how the texts of the prayers we hear and use at Mass form us in faith.

If you lose a degree of meaning from the texts through the translation process (which many people argue did happen when the translation we currently use was prepared), then you also diminish the capacity of the prayers to convey the fullness of what we believe in.

Some would argue that to preserve that depth of meaning, and to continue to pass on the faith through our prayer texts as fully as we have done in the past, we need to faithfully translate the Latin texts as close as possible. Others would argue (see the comments in the blog post linked above) that Latin is not the “be all and end all”, and there are riches to be discovered in all cultures and languages. For now, translation of the Latin text according to the method of formal equivalence is how we have been asked in the English-speaking world to respond to the challenge.

Regardless of our own viewpoints, I think we can agree that given the ability of our prayer to shape us in faith, our prayer texts need to be the best they possibly can be. The question a lot of people are pondering now is “are we there yet?”

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14/2/10 – National Liturgical Conference

Last weekend, liturgy representatives from virtually every diocese in Australia met in Perth for their biennial conference. Both Judy Kendall (Liturgy Committee member) and I were fortunate to be able to attend as members of our Diocesan Liturgical Commission.

The focus of this conference, and the topic preoccupying the mind of most delegates, was the implementation of a new English translation of the Roman Missal (the Church’s liturgical “prayer book” – we know it as the large, red book the priest uses at the altar). Bishops throughout the English-speaking world have now approved the various sections of this revision. All that remains is the final recognitio (recognition, or approval) from Rome so that books can be published and new texts implemented in parishes.

The 100-plus gathering had the opportunity to listen to two people who have been deeply involved in the translation project, namely Canberra-Goulburn Archbishop Mark Coleridge, and Monsignor Bruce Harbert. Archbishop Coleridge is Chairman of the Australian Bishops’ Committee for Liturgy, as well as the editorial committee for the missal revision. Msgr Harbert is from England and has recently retired as Executive Secretary of the International Committee for English in the Liturgy (ICEL).

We also had the chance to preview a new multimedia resource to help people not only learn about the new translations, but to come to a deeper understanding of the Mass as a whole. An Australian company is developing Become One Body, One Spirit in Christ for a worldwide audience. There was also a chance to see how the revised texts of the Mass have been set to music by a number of Australian composers.

I hope to share more details of the conference with you over the coming weeks.

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New! Additional Posts

Since this blog started, it has served to publish online the (usually) weekly Liturgy Links articles that appear in our Carmel parish bulletin.

Starting from today, those who access these articles online will be rewarded with extra content, with additional posts from time to time.

Liturgy Links, combined with our Liturgy Committee website, ensure that Our Lady of Mount Carmel offers a comprehensive collection of liturgy resources on the Internet.

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16/11/08 – Renovation Update

Sanctuary at OLMC, 2007

Given that last week was the Feast of the Dedication of the Lateran Basilica, it seems appropriate to give you an update on plans to create a master plan for the renovation and care of the church into the future.

Last year, we conducted a parish survey and meeting to learn of your hopes for the parish into the future.  In September, we held a meeting of the Liturgy Committee, with a group of parishioners invited to contribute their ideas for a renovated church.  We sought to bring together a group small enough to ensure everyone present was heard, while being representative of as much of our diverse community as possible.

The discussion was very enthusiastic and worthwhile.  All present were pleased that a well-considered plan for renovation and maintenance of the church was being prepared.  There was also a great deal of support for creating a space that embraces the vision set forth in the Second Vatican Council.  Suggestions included bringing all people in closer proximity with the altar and ambo, an increased sense of being gathered around the sanctuary, creating a prominent and functional space for baptism, and increasing the unity between music ministers and the rest of the assembly.

Sanctuary at OLMC, 1959

Sanctuary at OLMC, 1959

Some important matters of preservation were also noted.  For example, those present asked that the crucifix not be moved or altered; the reason being that it is the only part of the church that has not been altered since its opening in 1955.

Great progress was made in defining some broad principles upon which any renovation and maintenance plans can be based.  The Liturgy Committee is putting the finishing touches on a concept document, which will be presented to our Pastoral Council at its next meeting in February 2009.  After it is approved by all stakeholders, it can be presented to the entire parish, and work undertaken on preparing a detailed design brief for architects, designers, artists and other consultants.

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12/10/08 – Ministry Formation Workshops

In liturgical celebrations each one, minister or layperson, who has an office to perform, should do all of, but only, those parts which pertain to that office by the nature of the rite and the principles of liturgy.

Servers, readers, commentators, and members of the choir also exercise a genuine liturgical function. They ought to discharge their office, therefore, with the sincere devotion and decorum demanded by so exalted a ministry and rightly expected of them by God’s people.

Consequently, they must all be deeply imbued with the spirit of the liturgy, in the measure proper to each one, and they must be trained to perform their functions in a correct and orderly manner.

Constitution on the Sacred Liturgy, 28-29

The role of any liturgical minister is a highly important one.  Each person who serves as a minister in the celebration of Mass contributes to our parish’s most important act as a community.  Liturgical ministers serve our God, to whom we worship and who becomes one with us through the Eucharist.  Liturgical ministers also serve the people of God, the Church, with whom we join in this act of worship.

It is of the upmost importance that we have the ministers necessary to celebrate Mass in a fitting way.  It is crucial also, that each minister be properly formed and trained to carry out their ministry.

It is essential, therefore, that all Ministers of the Word and Ministers of Communion make time to attend our formation workshops.  We understand that we are all very busy people, but one meeting a year is the least we can do to ensure we minister in the best possible way, working together as a community for the glory of God.