Liturgy seminar for the BM-speaking

The Bahasa Malaysia (BM) Apostolate of the Church of the Divine Mercy (CDM) held a Liturgy Seminar August 31 for its Bahasa Malaysia- and Indonesian-speaking parishioners.

Oct 05, 2019

By Karen Giom
The Bahasa Malaysia (BM) Apostolate of the Church of the Divine Mercy (CDM) held a Liturgy Seminar August 31 for its Bahasa Malaysia- and Indonesian-speaking parishioners. It was conducted by Sr Florence Nemesius and Sr Neomi Mejia from the order of the Franciscan Sisters of the Immaculate Conception.
On the theme To Deepen Our Understanding of the Eucharistic Celebration, Sr Florence began with a brief introduction to the General Instruction of the Roman Missal (GIRM).

Sr Neomi then spoke on the Liturgy with details that covered the origin of the Word, how liturgy is our source of life and why it should be the highest point of our faith as it is Christ’s work of salvation. She also explained how we can gain strength through the liturgy as Jesus has said, “He who eats my flesh and drinks my blood abides in me, and I in Him.” (John 6:56). Sr.Neomi then continued to elaborate on the history of the Eucharistic celebration and how Christ is truly present in the Eucharist according to His words at the Last Supper.

Sr Florence went on to share the meaning of “Eucharistic Spirituality”. It is through this paschal mystery that we obtain the full impact or effect that helps us live our Christian life more and more meaningfully. We are asked to be holy because the Holy Communion that we receive is Jesus Himself. We receive, touch and eat; He is in us. We should strive to become more and more like Him. She reminded those present that a good preparation for mass begins at home, not at the last minute. Our participation at the Mass must be conscious, active and meaningful. The various components of the Mass, its elements and parts were explained by Sr Florence as a refresher to the participants. She emphasised especially the actions and responses that are required from the people at Mass.

The participants found the seminar very informative and especially useful as Sr. Neomi and Sr. Florence were very detailed and interactive in their presentations.

The organising committee will hold future seminars on the duties of the various ministries in the Mass.

Sylvia Subok, the chairperson for the BM Apostolate, also thanked both Sisters for giving their time at the parish that weekend to ensure that the laity fully understood the significance and importance of liturgy in our Catholic faith.

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