Word, Singing, Prayer, Youth, Touching the Sacred
When we gather in worship, the Father pours into our hearts the gift that contains all gifts, the Holy Spirit, who helps us enter into personal relationship with Jesus as Lord and with God as Father. In our liturgies, we express in our lives the mystery of Christ and the real nature of the true Church. In this plan we focus on five aspects that can enhance our worship and deepen our prayer lives. “Everyone who thirsts, come to the waters” Isaiah 55:1.
“Sing psalms and hymns and inspired songs among yourselves, singing and chanting to the Lord in your hearts, always giving praise to God”
(Ephesians 5:19). Many of our parishes are blessed with excellent choirs and cantors. We strive for beauty and dignity in the liturgy together with the key liturgical objective of congregational participation.
B2. The Word
When the disciples recognised Jesus at the breaking of bread at Emmaus, they asked: “Did not our hearts burn within us as he talked to us on the road and explained the scriptures to us” (Luke 24:32). We intend to help all our Ministers of the Word, priests, deacons and parish communities, to ensure that the Word is effectively proclaimed and fruitfully broken open in our public worship.
B3. Touching the Sacred
The Eucharist is the source and summit of our Christian faith. There are other ways of “touching the sacred” which can be encouraged and explored. Many parishes have regular Eucharistic Adoration; some have formed teams of laity trained to lead weekday liturgies in the absence of an ordained minister, and this is likely to become more commonplace over time. Praying with icons, devotional prayers, pilgrimages, etc. all need to be supported and encouraged.
Nothing in this plan can succeed without prayer. We wish to promote a ministry of prayer and adoration throughout our diocese, and to channel it as an Apostolate of Intercession for this pastoral plan, and for our Church in the world.
At every level in our diocese, we wish to be on the lookout for new opportunities to engage and involve younger people in the faith life of our Church, especially when we gather to worship.