From the Cathedral Presbytery: Lent at St Patrick's
The following came through on the notices today. I thought you might be interested:
In his recent Lenten pastoral letter the Archbishop said,"On Ash Wednesday we begin together our Lenten journey. Through prayer, fasting and works of love we will experience God’s power at Easter, which 'dispels all evil, washes guilt away, restores lost innocence, and brings mourners joy'." (The Exultet)
Saint Paul said to the Ephesians: "You must be renewed by a spiritual revolution, so that you can put on the new self that has been created in God’s way, in the goodness and holiness of the truth." (Ephesians 4:23-24)
Mass Times for Ash Wednesday in the Cathedral
Mass will be said at the usual times of 7am, 8am and 1:00pm [with the blogmeister as cantor]
An extra Mass will be said at 5.30pm with Archbishop Denis Hart as the Principal Celebrant [and the blogmeister as cantor again].
Ashes will be blessed and distributed at all Masses.
Ash Wednesday Reconciliation in the Cathedral
Reconciliation is available on Ash Wednesday between 12 – 12:50pm [I note that they have two priests rostered on today]
Stations of the Cross in the Cathedral during Lent 2009
Stations of the Cross will commence at 12.30pm Friday 27 February and then on Wednesdays and Fridays at 12:30pm for the duration of Lent.
Lenten Obligations - Days of Fast and Abstinence
Ash Wednesday and Good Friday are days of fasting and abstinence from meat.
Lenten Obligations - Friday Practices of Penance
On Fridays other than Good Friday, the following practices of penance fulfill the law of the common practice of penance.
1. Prayer (eg: Mass attendance; a visit to a church or family prayer)
2. Self Denial (eg: Limiting food and drink, not eating sweets or desserts)
3. Helping Others (eg: Special attention to someone who is sick, elderly, lonely or overburdened)
Additional Lenten Exercises available in the Cathedral Parish
every Sunday Liturgy of the Hours 7.30am Cathedral
every Wednesday Stations of the Cross 12.30pm Cathedral
every Thursday Six30 Eucharistic Adoration 6.30pm Cathedral
every Friday Stations of the Cross 12.30pm Cathedral
Eucharistic Adoration 1.30pm Cathedral
Exposition 5.30pm St John the Evangelist