Category Archives: Lent

Pope Benedict XVI’s Lenten Message (22 February 2012)

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Pope’s Lenten message was written on 03 November 2011.  A Precis.

“Let us be concerned for each other, to stir a response in love and good works” (Heb. 10: 24).

Three aspects of Christian life: (1) concern for others; (2) reciprocity; and (3) personal holiness.

(1)    Responsibility towards our brothers and sisters.

To be concerned means to scrutinize, to be attentive, to observe carefully and take stock of something.  “…think of the ravens” (Lk. 12: 24), “observe” the plank (Lk. 6: 41), “turn your minds to Jesus” (Heb. 3:1).  To be concerned for each other, first look at Jesus, our model.

Love for others demands responsibility towards our brothers and sisters.  Seeing other as our brothers and sisters will develop in us the spirit of solidarity, justice, mercy and compassion.

Fraternal correction is a responsibility.

Christ commands us to admonish a brother who is committing sin (cf. Mt. 18: 15).

Fraternal correction includes the prophetic mission of Christians to speak out against a generation indulging in evil (cf. Eph. 5: 11).

(2)   The gift of reciprocity.  St. Paul encourages us to seek “the ways which lead to peace and the ways in which we can support one another” (Rom. 14: 19).  This mutual encouragement in a spirit of humility and charity must be part of the life of the Christian community.

We “are Christ’s body” (1 Cor. 12: 27). “…each part may be equally concerned for all the others.  If one part is hurt, all parts are hurt with it.  If one part is given honour, all parts enjoy it” (1 Cor. 12: 25-26).

This is communion: our existence is related to that of others, for better or for worse.  Both our sins and our acts of love have a social dimension.

(3)   “To stir a response in love and good works: walking together in holiness.”

Universal call to holiness.  “Be ambitious for the higher gifts” (1 Cor. 12: 31)

The time granted us in this life is precious for discerning and performing good works in the love of God.  In this way the Church herself continuously grows towards the full maturity of Christ (cf. Eph. 4: 13).  Our exhortation to encourage one another to attain the fullness of love and good works is situated in this dynamic prospect of growth.

All have received spiritual or material riches meant to be used for the fulfillment of God’s plan, for the good of the Church and for our personal salvation (cf. Lk. 12: 21; 1 Tim 6: 18).

Those who do not advance inevitably regress.  Let us aim for the “high standard of ordinary Christian Life”. (Novo Millennio Ineunte, 31).

“May all of us feel the urgent need to anticipate one another in charity, service and good works” (cf. Heb. 6:10).

Talk On Lent And Holy Week

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The Boards of Parish Representatives (BPR), Lay Liturgical Leaders Ministry (LLLM) and Lay Liturgists Ministry (LLM) met on 05 February 2011 at the Bishop’s Residence.

Agenda: (1) Presentation, discussion and approval of the 2011 action plans; (2) Director’s report; (3) Lent and Holy Week lecture; (4) others.

 General assemblies.  Association of Lay Liturgists (ALL), 18th Diocesan General Assembly, 19 November 2011, South Cotabato Gym (SCG), Koronadal City (KC).  Association of Lay Liturgical Leaders (ALLL) 19th Diocesan General Assembly, 10 December 2011, SCG, KC.

 Formation seminars on Liturgy 2011.  (1) LLM/LLLM updating seminar on “Veneration of the Saints”, 19 – 20 August, Samaria House,GeneralSantosCity(Batch 1).  (2) LLM/LLLM updating seminar on “The Veneration of Saints”, 26-27 August, Marbel,KoronadalCity, (Batch 2).

Director’s report. (a) materials available at the Diocesan Liturgical Center; (b) 4 Projects for 2011; (c) formation seminars; (d) liturgical notes; (e) comments and observations on the results of parish LLM and LLLM evaluations.

Lecture by Fr. Romeo Buenaobra, DLC Director, on “Lent and Holy Week”.

Bible Service for Holy Thursday,  Good Friday, and Holy Saturday evening is now allowed.  This decision was made by the Bishop on 14 December 2010 at the recommendation of priests during the Annual Meeting of Priests, 8-12 November 2010.

Good preparations are needed to celebrate fruitfully the Easter Triduum; Holy Thursday, Good Friday, Holy Saturday.

 (1) Plan together the celebrations. (2) Provide materials needed for the celebrations (See Guide for Holy Week Rites and Music published by the DLC). (3) Make sure that persons assigned to do specific tasks perform their duties well (monitoring).

Activities for Holy Thursday, Good Friday and Holy Saturday were explained in details.

Other matter.  Lay cooperator’s role as presider during Easter Triduum was clarified.

Attendance.

a)     Lay cooperators – 24 representatives from 25 parishes and Lake Sebu.  Absent: Surallah and T’boli

b)      Lay Liturgists 30 from 23 of 25 parishes plus Lake Sebu.  Absent: Maasim and T’boli.