Our latest Te Koropiko newsletter is now available.
Please pass this newsletter on, where appropriate, to liturgy committees, parish council and finance members, and interested parishioners, particularly those in liturgical ministries.
The December issue of Liturgy has been mailed out to all parishes of the Auckland Diocese and other subscribers from throughout New Zealand and internationally. Contents this issue include Mary of Advent a reflection written by Fr Merv Duff SM as a pull-out booklet.
Also included is the full text of the lecture Footwashing: Community Liturgy Social Action presented by Prof. Thomas O’Loughlin during his visit to Auckland in July.
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Common Prayer – From Conflict to Communion
Lutheran–Catholic Common Commemoration of the Reformation in 2017
2017 marks the 500th anniversary of the Reformation. The NZCBC Committee for Ecumenism has made available the prayer resource above. The text of this prayer was prepared at the level of the Holy See by the (international) Task Force of the Lutheran-Roman Catholic Commission on Unity. It will be an invaluable resource for those parishes or dioceses wishing to commemorate this event with local Lutheran parishes.
Lutheran Bishop Mark Whitfield advises that the New Zealand Lutheran community will begin their New Zealand anniversary at dawn 1st January 2017, on the site of the first Lutheran mission in New Zealand … at Te Whakaru on the north-eastern tip of the Chatham Islands.
Pope Francis, with the Catholic and Lutheran Churches will commemorate the 500thanniversary of the Reformation on 31 October 2016 in Sweden. The Catholic-Lutheran commemoration of 500 years of the Reformation is structured around the themes of thanksgiving, repentance and commitment to common witness. The aim is to express the gifts of the Reformation and ask forgiveness for division perpetuated by Christians from the two traditions. More information https://press.vatican.va/content/salastampa/en/bollettino/pubblico/2016/06/01/160601e.html
Br Michael Herry fms & Tricia Walsh have just released their newly composed Hymn For Christian Unity: That They May Be One. The sheet music and audio are free to download but please acknowledge public use via your usual church music copyright licences. http://www.maristmusic.org.au/hymn-for-christian-unity/