Stabat Mater Menevia

Stabat Mater Menevia
We praise you O Lord and we bless you, for by thy Holy Cross thou hast redeemed the world

Saturday, 24 December 2011

A Christmas message to the Confraternity - the sound of silence!

Silent night, Silent Mass, Silence at the foot of the cross
There has been much discussion recently on the Pastoral letter of the Bishop of Aberdeen on the need to Create Silence. In the beautiful letter the Bishop stresses the importance of Silence in Church. This silence is of course an active silence.
 The popular Christmas carols which touch the heart are either sung with gentleness or allude to the importance of Silence. Silent Night Holy Night, Away in a Manger and How silently, how silently the wondrous gift is given.
In the Stillness of the midnight hour we gather for the celebration of the incarnation , in silence Mary gives birth to Christ in silence ,St Joseph contemplates the great mystery.
In Silence we too look up and silently say 'My Lord and my God' when the miracle of Christmas , the descent of the Son of God into the hands of the priest takes place.
 So sacred a moment so great an accomplishment that the words which draw our Lord down are uttered in silence.
When all was silent the Lord leapt down from his throne.
In the silence of the manger, the silence of the tabernacle, we adore and kneel before Our Lord and our God.
May our adoration this Christmas fill us with the choicest blessings that the Christ Child bestows.
Wishing you all a very Happy and Blessed Christmas
Fr Jason Jones