Holy Saturday was a very quiet day; an ancient homily for the day says “Something strange is happening – there is a great silence on earth today, a great silence and stillness. The whole earth keeps silence because the King is asleep. The earth trembled and is still because God has fallen asleep in the flesh and he has raised up all who have slept ever since the world began. God has died in the flesh and hell trembles with fear”.
This very night throughout the world the Church begins three days of solemn celebration and remembrance as we journey with Our Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ, through his Passion and Death for the Salvation of the whole world.
Cardiff Cathedral was a hive of activity yesterday as our Archbishop was joined by the clergy and faithful of the diocese for the annual Chrism Mass. Each year the diocese comes together at the cathedral to consecrate the oils to be used in the Sacraments over the course of the year and to give witness to and support our priests as they renew their ordination promises.
Cardinal Vincent Nichols, president of the Catholic Bishops Conference of England and Wales, has issued a statement on behalf of the Bishops deploring the explosions in two Coptic churches in Egypt on Palm Sunday and offering prayers and support for the Coptic community and all who have been affected by this violence.
While the National Trust is still immersed in the controversy about dropping the word “Easter” from its (Easter) Egg Hunt and Cadbury dropping “Easter” from its chocolate eggs on sale this week, there is an excellent solution for those of us who intend to keep Easter Eggs as a great symbol of the Resurrection of Jesus.
It has been announced that the Holy Father, Pope Francis, has appointed His Excellency Edward Joseph Adams as Apostolic Nuncio to Great Britain. Archbishop Adams has been serving as Apostolic Nuncio to Greece since 2011. Prior to that he has served as Apostolic Nuncio to Bangladesh, Zimbabwe and the Philippines.
During the Millennium Year of 2000, the National Gallery in London mounted an exhibition called “Seeing Salvation”. The subtitle was “The Image of Christ” and traced how artists down the ages have represented Jesus whether in paint, stone, wood or precious metals.
The famous Irish novelist Colm Toibin comes from Wexford and is a master wordsmith. He can describe the most minute details of growing up and his observation of people and situations around him. One of his novels called ‘Brooklyn’ was made into a film a couple of years ago and proved very successful. He has written another novel called ‘The Testament of Mary’ which has been controversial in the way it portrays the mother of Jesus.
Whoever wants to write a book, or an article, or an essay or even a letter needs to plan the structure of what they wish to say – at least the beginning, middle and end. One novelist always wrote the final chapter of his book first and worked back to the beginning. It is a little like that with the gospels.