All-School Penitential Service
STARTS: Tuesday, April 12, 2011 at 4:30 PM
ENDS: Tuesday, April 12, 2011 at 5:30 PM
What does the Lord Require of Us?
This year Earth Day falls on Good Friday. During our Penitential Service, we will examine our consciences about how we may have contributed to the suffering of God’s Creation. We will reflect upon our answer today to Jesus’ question, “Who is your neighbor?” We have an opportunity to repent of our environmental sins, ones we have been considering during the course of reading our weekly Lent 4.5 pamphlets. We will praise God’s abundant mercy.
A Penitential Service, unlike a communal Reconciliation liturgy, does not include individual confession and absolution. It is, as the Rite of Penance tells us, a liturgy that fosters “the spirit and virtue of penance among individuals and communities” and can help us “prepare for a fuller sharing of the paschal mystery.” In coming together for this service, we have one more opportunity to prepare to enter deeply into Holy Week and the Triduum and to celebrate the resurrection of the One who is Light, Living Water, and Ground of our Hope. Let us pray, sing, and reflect on what God requires of us, as individuals and as a local and global community, in our relationship to our care for all of creation. Eileen D. Crowley, Associate Professor of Liturgy and Worship Arts, will preside and preach.
A collection will be taken up at this service for Catholic Relief Services’ work with those suffering from natural disasters, such as those affected by the earthquake and tsunami in Japan.