Archives for Liturgy Matters

The Father will Give you another Advocate

(Sixth Sunday of Easter – Year A) This Sunday’s Gospel passage gives us the final instructions and prayers that Jesus gives to His Apostles before leaving them. He is going to leave them ‘twice’. First he is leaving them by sacrificing Himself on the cross, then later he will leave them after His resurrection through His being taken up out of their sight in the Ascension (The feast of Ascension is on Thursday, but in NZ it is shifted to next Sunday). His parting words are a comforting reminder that though He will be leaving them, He will still be
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The Sign of Peace

There is much confusion on the Sign of Peace during Mass. For example, 1) Fr Michael have had someone asking him if it necessary to have to sign of peace during Mass. It is after all an optional Rite in the Liturgy of the Mass. This person is against it, for whatever reason. On weekday Masses, when there are about 20-30 people disperse in the Church, Fr Michael sometimes omit the (optional) rite of the Exchange of Peace. 2) Another person wrote on the Parish Survey form, that Fr Michael should be come down from the sanctuary to exchange the
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