Bishop Burbidge Reflects on Change in Advent Homily
Catholics throughout the United States began the Advent season, November 26-27, 2011, with the implementation of the revised English language version of the Roman Missal. The Missal, which contains the prayers and readings of the Mass, was approved by the Vatican in early 2010. Francis Cardinal George of Chicago, President of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops at the time, designated Advent 2011 for its implementation in the United States. This provided time for clergy, religious and laity to properly prepare for the changes.
The Most Reverend Michael F. Burbidge welcomed the Season of Advent with the celebration of 10:30 a.m. Mass at Sacred Heart Cathedral. The Bishop spoke of the significance of “change” present in the Scripture readings and how they apply to the new Missal, pointing to the opportunity provided by the revised changes. “I am convinced,” Bishop Burbidge said, “that our new Roman Missal will be a springboard for renewing us in prayer and for enabling us to experience the meaning and the truth of the Mystery more profoundly.”
The Bishop noted of the amount of preparation that took place in the Diocese over the past 17 months, which included 68 workshops conducted by Mr. Gerard Hall, Diocesan Director of Worship. “Dear friends in Christ, thank you for the generous spirit in which you begin this new and exciting moment in the life of the Church. Pray God it will lead to tremendous growth for all of us,” Bishop Burbidge said.
Reflecting on the beginning of Advent, Bishop Burbidge again spoke of another change “required of us that must occur in our interior lives.” Listing several examples for consideration, the Bishop encouraged the faithful to take time to celebrate the many spiritual gifts from God in quiet of prayer and in “turning to His Blessed Mother for her intercession, in the celebration of the Sacrament of Penance before Christmas and in the gift of the Holy Eucharist, our strength and consolation.”
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