The Sunday prayers are among the best contributions of the new translation of the Roman Missal. To help people reflect on these prayers, a process of Parish Appreciating the Liturgy has been prepared and is available free of charge to those who wish to hold shared reflection on the prayers for the four Sundays of Advent and the prayers of Christmas day. Reflection groups that do not meet around Christmas time may wish to begin the week of 13 or the 20 November to get in five sessions.

Just as many people have benefited from shared reflection on the Sunday Scripture readings, so too do people benefit from a shared reflection upon the prayers of the Sunday liturgy, because the prayers offer the Church’s response to the Scripture proclaimed. This process of shared reflection has been adapted from the format of “holy reading”, known by its Latin name lectio divina, but it may be adapted by well established faith sharing groups according to their practice.

These materials are prepared by Dom Daniel McCarthy, a regular contributor to The Tablet. He is a monk of St Benedict’s Abbey, Atchison, Kansas. The resources are provided in electronic form free of charge to people intending to conduct such a process of shared reflection. For more information and to receive the resources, please contact Eileen Grant, RCIA/Adult Catechist in the Diocese of Aberdeen:

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