Brisbane Oratory News
In this months Oratory Newsletter we have several important dates to mark and Fr Andrew gives a reflection on the positive influence the Oratory can have on parish life.
The relics of Saint Therese of Lisieux and of her parents, Saints Louis and Zelie Martin, will be visiting our Archdiocese in February, and we have the great blessing of being able to welcome them to Mary Immaculate church. They will arrive at about 10:00pm on Friday 7 February, at which point there will be a talk, and then the relics will be present for veneration and private prayer until the normal 8:15am Mass on Saturday morning. Confessions will be heard from 7:00am on the Saturday. All are welcome and invited to visit the church through the night. The relics will be taken to the Cathedral at 10:30am on the Saturday.
Read more of what is happening at the Oratory in this months newsletter.
Today on the Feast of the Epiphany we celebrate the revelation to the Gentiles that God has become incarnate in the person Jesus Christ. This revelation to the Gentiles is seen when, guided by the starts, the Magi or Wise Men bring gifts of Gold, Frankincense, and Myrrh to the infant Jesus in recognition of his kingship.
In accordance with ancient tradition, today Fr Scot assisted by Br Tyson in a chanted blessing that takes a little under an hour, blessed Epiphany Water. Epiphany Water is Holy Water that has particularly powerful prayers of exorcism and blessing for use by the faithful.
This water is made available along with blessed chalk at Mary Immaculate Church for people to bless their homes, and like the Magi, to welcome Christ into it. Chalking and blessing our homes encourages us to dedicate our entire home and common life to God and is a wonderful way for families to celebrate the Epiphany and revelation of God becoming man for us.
The blessing can be done simply by writing the script 20+C+M+B+20 above the main door of the house or using a simple blessing such as the this one.
The letters have two meanings. They are the initials of the traditional names of the Three Magi: Caspar, Melchior and Balthasar who were sanctified by their adoration of the infant Jesus. They also abbreviate the Latin words “Christus mansionem benedicat,” “May Christ bless the house.”
Join us for Holy Mass to celebrate the birth of Our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ.
5:30pm Vigil Mass OF at St John Fisher.
7:30pm Vigil Mass OF at Mary Immaculate,
Preceded by Carols at 7:00pm.
Midnight Solemn High Mass at Mary Immaculate,
Missa O Magnum Mysterium, Victoria,
Preceded by Carols at 11:40pm.
7:30am Mass OF at Mary Immaculate.
9:00am Mass Missa Cantata at Mary Immaculate.
Please note there is no 5:00pm Mass on Christmas Day.
Our service of Lessons and Carols was an excellent way to help us prepare for the coming of Christmas. During this time we listened to Scripture readings foretelling the coming of Christ and the Gospel accounts of his birth. This was interspersed with worship through the singing of hymns including many favourites such as O Come O Come Emmanual and O Come All Ye Faithful.
Tempus fugit, time flies, doesn’t seem a strong enough saying to express how quickly this year seems to have passed us by. It seems like only yesterday that I returned home from Rome and yet it has been nearly ten whole months. These months have been filled with study and work in and around the Oratory Parish. However, here we are at the end of another Liturgical Year and about to enter into a period of preparation for the birth of Our Saviour at Christmas. It is always an enjoyable time of year filled with warm (though sometimes it seems a little too warm) weather, friends and family starting to get excited about taking holidays and a general sense of joy at the coming of Our Lord. Another reason why it is a lovely time of the year is because we get to have a break from our formal studies over the Christmas period. This allows both Br Tyson and I to step back from our assigned readings and read books which may be of more personal interest or perhaps the life of a saint that we have been keen to learn more about.
Read the rest of Br Conor’s reflection in the Brisbane Oratory Newsletter.