An Introduction to the Psalms: A Songbook for Today—Fr Mark De Battista
Date: Thursday 4 June, 2020
Image: King David, author of the book of psalms, is playing his lyre orkinnor or harp with such heavenly notes that he is surrounded by angels (Peter Paul Rubens c. 1627–1628). Public domain.
The Book of Psalms is a rich collection of poetry, prayer and song canvassing the fullness of our human experience and life. In this four part online series, Fr Mark De Battista will lead us on an introductory explanation of the Book of Psalms. Such an exploration will assist us in making the most of this book in both personal and liturgical prayer.
Dates: Thursdays 4–25 June
4 June 2020 at 4–5pm (repeated at 8–9pm) 11 June 2020 at 4–5pm (repeated at 8–9pm) 18 June 2020 at 4–5pm (repeated at 8–9pm) 25 June 2020 at 4–5pm (repeated at 8–9pm)
Venue: Zoom Video Conferencing Topic: An Introduction to the Psalms: A Songbook for Today Speaker: Fr Mark De Battista Cost: Free Enquiries:Darren McDowell
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Fr Mark De Battista
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Our diocesan logo is theologically rich and very succinct. As a hand, it depicts our mission as a diocese and as individuals within the diocese, of bearing (bringing, carrying) Christ’s love to one another and to the world around us. In this, we are the hand of Jesus Christ, and we are offering ourselves to him so that he might work through us.
We can be the bearers of his love only as a response to his call and in the strength of his grace. We are reminded of this in two ways—through the symbol of the dove (the Holy Spirit) also present in the logo, and by the incorporation of the cross that segments the logo. The presence of the cross is a reminder that bearing the love of Christ will inevitably cost us if we live it authentically. However, in the way that the Cross is the portent of redemption and life—an echo of the tree of life in the book of Genesis—so becoming bearers of the love of Christ will also bring us to life.
The four fingers of the hand also represent the four regions of our diocese. The first is bluerepresenting the beautiful water of the Shoalhaven. The second is a blue and green combination representing the waters and escarpment of the Illawarra. The third is greendepicting the hills and plains of the Macarthur. The fourth is dark green illustrating the forests of the Southern Highlands.