Monday, October 18, 2010
Click here to follow a link to the Archdiocese website and you'll be able to hear exactly what we all thought and felt after the Canonisation Mass through a short audio-visual reflection. It includes lots of photos from our trip, so check it out and see who you can spot.
We arrived at the Square of St Peter’s at 8am to wait for the commencement of the Canonisation Ceremony; the liturgy by which the Church through His Holiness Benedict XVI recognized a woman, who was born in Australia, lived in Australia and was in all ways like us.
It was great to be celebrating church with the rest of the world – the Canadians, Italians, Spanish, Filipino, Estonians and Poles.
It was a very special occasion full of pomp and ceremony, but simple and dignified. It quieted our spirits as the solemnity of the occasion fell upon us. The singing was magnificent; there was an ACU student from Goulburn in the choir.
We were able to follow the liturgy in Latin through our beautifully illustrated mass books, although I do wish I could understand more Latin. And Wendy loved the Gospel being chanted in Greek as well as in Latin. I was very moved when we said the Agnus Dei – Lamb of God you take away the sins of the world have mercy on us. I knew what I was saying, I was able to see myself beside our Saint Mary of the Cross and knew I needed mercy. At that moment I was able to spiritually gather my family and friends and ask for God’s healing mercy on us, and I stood with Mary by my side asking for more.
Sister Anne D read the first reading from the Book of Exodus - ‘As long as Moses kept his hands raised up Israel had the better… Meanwhile Aaron and Hur supported his hands’, as Moses needed help to win victory so did Julian Tenison Woods need Mary and Mary needed the Sisters to help win victory for God. The Sisters are still supporting the arms of Mary to win victory and thousands of them have taken their turn.
It was such a thrill to hear His Holiness say the name of our new Australian Saint Mary of the Cross.
It brought many of us to tears when the Pope blessed us and our families.