Sunday, December 03, 2006

The Feast of the Immaculate Conception

Come this Dec 6, my parish will start a 3 day triduum culminating in the celebration of the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary, the patronal feast of my parish on Sat, Dec 9th.

Check out the poster. It was designed by yours truly, within certain constraints imposed by the parish authorities. I did a couple of versions, with an Eastern depiction of the Immaculate Conception being my personal favourite. But this design was chosen instead.


Norman said...

Would you be interested in Masses in Latin, 600 km away in Singapore?

Andrew said...

Hey Norman.

Thanks for stopping by.

You mean Mass in the Classical (Tridentine) Rite? We do have(or used to anyway since the leader of the Latin Choir is on holiday for the past couple of months) one Modern Roman Rite Mass every 2 weeks or so with the Kyrie, Gloria, Sanctus and Agnus Dei in Latin. Everything else is in the vernacular though.

I have not been in Singapore, except for a 5 hour transit at Changi. Which Church would the Mass be celebrated in?

Do feel free to email me. My gmail username is the same as my blogspot username.

Thank you, Norman.

DrMatthewDoyle said...

That poster is a little garish! Our parish (the Birmingham Oratory) is also dedicated to the Immaculate Conception. We went to the first of a 9 day novena praying for the priests and people of the parish, with wonderful Latin hymns and prayers. The majority of the prayers were in the vernacular, which was quite lovely really, especially since it was outside the mass.

Andrew said...

ROTFL! Garish indeed =)

Actually, its the 'official' colours of the parish as the Church roof is blue and the walls are a brown beige colour.

But the roof is grey now, so I guess I have to change that.

Actually, its brightly coloured to catch attention cos people in these parts normally don't bother to read posters and banners and the like. It has to be striking enough to catch their attention. There was supposed to be a banner as well to be hung on the porch, but they decided to hang up my Christmas banner instead, so.

We don't have 9 day novenas here. We have a local invention of a triduum leading to a feast. We have 3 language communities here, so the English, Tamil and Chinese speakers all get to have a go with the actual Solemnity a hodge podge of all 3 languages and total confusion. There'll be choirs passing the mike around, organist shifting places and everything repeated thrice.

The parts I'm really uncomfortable with is the lay preaching.

The priest does not speak Chinese so a lay person is allowed to deliver her sermon. Not a translation, a sermon. From the pulpit. Then, for balance and even though the priest speaks Tamil, an Indian laywoman goes up and gives a sermon. The priest finally delivers one in English.

Interesting, ain't it?