Monday, February 16, 2009

Lenten discipline

In the Old Calendar, we've begun preparations for Easter. Hangings and vestments are purple. Yesterday's Propers for Sexagesima focused on the sufferings of Paul for the sake of the Gospel and the Parable of the Sower and the Seed. Father's sermon yesterday helped us to meditate on what kind of soil we are, how our lives reflect the Gospel. Do we wilt under temptation and hardships? Or are we steadfast?

Have you thought about your Lenten discipline? What are your reasons for choosing that particular mortification?

The Offertory Verse yesterday was this:
Perfect Thou my goings in Thy paths, that my footsteps be not moved: incline Thine ear, and hear my owrds: show forth Thy wonderful mercies, Thou who savest them that trust in Thee, O Lord.
One of the prayers of Prime today was this:
O LORD God almighty, who hast brought us to the beginning of this day: defend us in the same by thy power; that we may not fall this day into any sin, but that all our thoughts, words and works may be directed to the fulfillment of thy will. Through our Lord Jesus Christ, thy Son: Who liveth and reigneth with thee in the unity of the Holy Ghost God: world without end.
Both prayers have this intense awareness that we stand in the presence of God and each passing moment is the time of salvation, of responding to the call of holiness.

May your week be lived walking that narrow path that leads to life.


Adrienne said...

Lent is my favorite Liturgical season but are our parish it will be very hard to tell it's even Lent.

Last year the music blared away as though it was like any other time of the year. Other than the Stations on Friday, you would never know it was Lent.

We go somewhere else now where it is at least quiet (due to no choir at the Sat. 6pm Mass)

Argent said...

I kind of gave a hint during Advent what Lent is going to be like. The organ is going to be very spare, only leading in congregational singing and no showboating. The Ordinary will be back to Latin chant and the choir will be adding the Offertory verse added to the Introit.

We've been chanting the Introit now for three months and it's amazing how the chant really settles people into the Mass, the whole place becomes quiet and leads right into the beautiful Kyrie eleison.. During Advent we had long stretches of silence during Mass. At first, there was discomfort with it, but I think the congregation has gotten used to silences.

LOL on the no choir. Silences can be and should be welcomed. We don't have to fill every moment with music.