Thursday, August 30, 2007

Latin Mass Society Conference

~from the Archdiocese of Birmingham website (hat tip to Chris Gillibrand)
Archbishop Vincent Nichols was the principal concelebrant and preacher at the Opening Mass of the Latin Mass Society (LMS) Training Conference at Merton College, Oxford, for priests wishing to learn about the extraordinary form of the Mass, on Tuesday 28 August, the Feast of St Augustine, writes Peter Jennings.
Read Archbishop Nichols' homily here. One brief excerpt:
The mystery we celebrate is the mystery of our salvation. And this is not something hidden or to be shrouded, but declared and made manifest.

The emphasis in our celebration is not so much on the transcendent mystery of God himself, not so much a glimpsing of the mystery of God as was given to Abraham, Moses, Isaiah or the three disciples at the Transfiguration. Rather it is action of our Redemption, the mystery ‘he has made known to us in all wisdom and insight, the mystery of his will, according to his purpose which he set forth in Christ…to unite all things in him, things in heaven and things on earth.’ (Eph 1.10). This mystery is disclosed in the Incarnation, in earthly realities, which all the disciples, like St John, are invited to see, to touch and to receive in their liturgical and sacramental presence. The words and actions of Christ, summed up in his sacrifice and in his Body and Blood given for our nourishment, are the heart of every celebration of the Mass.

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