Thursday, March 10, 2005
12:30p - 2:30p
St. Lucy - Parish meeting room
2350 Winchester Blvd., Campbell
FILED UNDER: WORKSHOPS AND EVENTS
May our lenten spring cleaning bring us to new life!
Associate for Liturgy
One way they do this is through the ancient monastic art of Bible making. Saint John's has commissioned a handwritten Bible to illuminate the Word of God for a new millennium. Every time I see a new illuminated page from their Bible, I am amazed at how the artists have given a new perspective to ancient texts.
Unlike commercial art, these illuminations aren't meant to simply be admired but to be tools for prayer, contemplation, and action. To this end, Saint John's offers a five-week online Lenten Reflection that uses scripture, reflection questions, and illuminations from the Saint John's Bible to help strengthen your lenten prayer life.
Check out the reflections and illuminations at http://www.saintjohnsbible.org/LentenReflections/default.htm.
The response continues: "The practice of the Church has been to empty the Holy Water fonts on the days of the Sacred Triduum in preparation of the blessing of the water at the Easter Vigil, and it corresponds to those days on which the Eucharist is not celebrated (i.e. Good Friday and Holy Saturday)."
In light of CSL’s statement and encouraged by the Congregation for Divine Worship, removing water from the font or preventing the faithful from touching the water in the font would be detrimental to the sign of baptism that is a focus of Lent. The baptized remain a baptized people throughout all of Lent. We do not pretend to be unbaptized along with the catechumens, just as we do not pretend that Christ is not risen during Holy Thursday or Good Friday. Our Lenten practices should more explicitly emphasize our baptism so that we can recognize those areas in our lives when we are not living out the promises of that baptism. What the faithful should be hungering and thirsting for is not the symbol of their baptism but rather a world in which the faithful living out of that baptism is evident. For the catechumens, their hunger for baptism may even be heightened when there are full fonts of water, just as a person who fasts is more aware of their hunger when food is placed before them.
It would be appropriate, as is our Church's tradition, to remove the water from the font after the Holy Thursday celebration, keep it empty during Good Friday and Holy Saturday, and fill it with new water at the Easter Vigil. One possible lenten option is to use a smaller piece of purple fabric that does not fully cover the font but adds some color to the area. In this way, the lenten color signifies the season while the water in the font is still accessible as a reminder of baptism for the faithful.