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Faith Matters for Lent 2013 Celebration of Faith: Sacraments Redeeming Beauty

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28 Feb, 7, 14 & 21  March 2013

7 - 8:30pm – Westminster Cathedral Hall, Ambrosden Avenue, SW1P 1QJ.

Faith Matters - the Catholic Lecture Series - returns on Thursday evenings. This series is the second of four dedicated to the Year of Faith and focusses on Part II of the Catechism of the Catholic Church - 'The Celebration of the Christian Mystery.'  

Liturgical choir Schola Cantarum, Heythrop College  & students of J.F. Kennedy Catholic School will perform at selected talks.


These are public lectures and all are welcome. There will be an opportunity to discuss the talks with tea and coffee provided.  Registration is required. Please register at this site or email to or telephone 020 7931 6078. Suggested donation per lecture is £3.


Faith Matters is an initiative of the Agency for Evangelisation in conjunction with the Mount St Jesuit Centre.


Archbishop George StackThe sacramental life is woven from signs and symbols. Through art, music, gesture and words the meaning of the sacraments is rooted in the work of creation and in human culture. So, Faith Matters: Lent 2013 series opens on 28 February with a lecture entitled “O worship the Lord in the beauty of holiness: The language of sign and symbol in art and architecture, poetry and music at the service of the liturgy by Archbishop of Cardiff, George Stack. This will take us on an aesthetic journey inviting us to fill our senses with the riches of the gift of the Liturgy and the language of sacramentality.

Text of the talk

Audio recording of the talk on Premier Radio

 ‘O Worship the Lord in the Beauty of Holiness’: Art and Architecture, Poetry and Music at the Service of the Liturgy by Archbishop George Stack

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On 7 March we turn to the Eucharist, the ‘source and summit of ecclesial life’ (CCC, #1324). It is the Eucharist which enshrines our life of worship because it has a unique place as the  Sacrament of sacraments’. Fr Andrew Cameron-Mowat, SJ, Lecturer in Liturgy at Heythrop College, University of London and parish priest of Farm St Church of the Immaculate Conception in Mayfair, will lead us in a reflection on the supreme sacrament through which all our endeavours in this special Year of Faith ultimately find their meaning.

Text of the talks

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 Audio recording of the talk on Premier Radio

Eucharist: Sacrament of Healing, of Unity and of Life  by rev Dr Andrew Cameron-Mowat SJ, Heythrop College

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On 14 March Bishop John Arnold will invite us to reflect on ‘Reconciliation. Wasted Sacrament or valued Gift?’ The Sacrament of Reconciliation is probably misunderstood by many people who, therefore, distance themselves from it. Still often called “Confession”, it has difficult and negative connotations. Confessions are made under duress. The person who confesses is to be  punished. The Sacrament of Reconciliation, however, offers us one of the best possibilities for growth in self knowledge and wisdom. It is an invitation and a gift.

 Reconciliation: Wasted Sacrament or Valued Gift?  by Bishop John Arnold, Diocese of Westminster

 Audio recording of the talk on Premier Radio

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Lastly, on 21 March Andrew Carwood will focus on ‘A treasure of inestimable value" - music as liturgy and prayer’. After studies at St John’s College, Cambridge and service as a lay clerk at  Westminster Cathedral, Mr Carwood was director of music at the London Oratory for five years. He is now artistic director of The Cardinall’s Musick and Director of Music at St Paul’s Cathedral. Andrew Carwood will discuss how music can enlarge and enhance the liturgy and be an invaluable asset to prayer.

‘A Treasure of Inestimable Value’ – Music as Liturgy and Prayer  by Andrew Carwood, St Paul’s Cathedral and Liturgical choir Schola Cantarum, Heythrop College

  Audio recording of the talk on Premier Radio

 Video recording

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