Launch of Hope in the Future

Wednesday, 4 October 2017

Gathering Stay with us Lord (mcb)
Entrance All creatures of our God and King
Psalm We shall draw water joyfully (Paul Inwood)
Gospel Acclamation Celtic Alleluia (Fintan O’Carroll)
Hymn Make me a channel of your peace
Distribution of images of the San Damiano Cross (i) Confitemini Domino (Taiz√©) & Ps 117 (Bévenot)
(ii) Christus Factus Est (Anerio)
Recessional Hail Queen of Heaven

Hope in the Future is a new initiative designed to develop the missionary identity of each parish in the Diocese, tied in with the large-scale restructuring of parishes, and enhancing the role that lay Catholics play in how they are led and run.

At the ceremony marking its inauguration, a representative from each parish was presented with an image of the San Damiano Cross. According to Franciscan tradition, it was while praying before this image of the crucified Christ (painted in the Byzantine style and dating from c. 1100) that St Francis is said to have heard our Lord’s injunction: Francis, rebuild my Church. During the rite we sang the Taizé refrain Confitemini Domino (‘Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good’), interspersed with verses from Ps 117(118), but concluding with Anerio’s powerful encapsulation of the triumph of the cross. We sang it joyfully, especially the energetic section in triple time on the words but God raised him up, and gave him the name…

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