We have come to the end of our Lenten observance and now enter into the most significant week in the Church’s liturgical Year. “Toward evening on Holy Thursday Lent ends. The church enters the Paschal or Easter Triduum. During Friday and Saturday the elect (those preparing to receive Baptism, Confirmation and Eucharist) and the whole church are called to fast and pray. This fasting is the excited, nervous fasting of anticipation. The Easter Triduum of the passion and resurrection of Christ is the culmination of the entire liturgical year...The liturgies are nourishment and insight, and are constant reminders that we are in this as a church (The Body of Christ) and not as so many individuals. The three ceremonies form a unity."
G.Huck ‘Three Days Parish Prayer in the Paschal Triduum.’
May this Easter bring peace, hope and joy to our fractured world, and
may you and your families experience the presence of the risen Christ in your midst.
World Day of Prayer - 1st March 2019
“Come-Everything is Ready” Luke 14:15-24
Celebrated annually on the first Friday in March, World Day of Prayer is supported by the following churches and Christian organisations: Anglican, Australian Christian Churches, Australian Church Women, Baptist, Bible Society, Catholic, Churches of Christ, Lutheran, One Life Family, Presbyterian, Seventh Day Adventist, the Salvation Army, Uniting, WCTU Drug-free lifestyle.
Each year people gather in Inter-Faith groups to pray for a particular county in the world. The country chosen for 2019 is Slovenia. The place of prayer is rotated between the different Christian Churches.
Slovenia is located in Central Europe and is one of the smallest countries in that region. Having two million inhabitants with Slovene as the official language and Hungarian and Italian being co-official languages. The land area of Solvenia is small - only 20,273 square kilometres (which is less than 1/3 of the size of Tasmania). It has only 43 kilometres of coastline and is famous for its mountains and natural forests.
Prayers are prayed, stories are shared, and the Scripture is proclaimed. Each year a specific focus is set for the World Day of Prayer and the focus for 2019 is taken from the Scripture used in the Prayer Service. This year of course is the table is prepared and all are invited -“Come- Everything is Ready.”
One of the prayers prayed this year sums up the essence of this focus “Welcoming God, in your love you have prepared a table for all. You inspire us to open our hearts and our homes to offer places to those who are not yet at the table.”