Sunday, December 28, 2008

Feast Day 主保日

I loathe Chinese dinner. Last night's wedding dinner started late and ended late. With due respect, it was a great grand dinner at a five-star hotel but wasted a lot of time waiting... We left the house at 6:20 pm for the dinner and reached home well past 12:30 am.

But that did not deter us from getting up early this morning to attend our Holy Family Feast Day celebrations. The Holy Eucharist was con-celebrated by seven priests followed by Holy Family statue procession outside the church compound. The procession went out using the main exit at Jln Bukit, round the shops at Lot 10 and returned by the main gate at Jln Gereja. This was the longest journey feast day procession has ever taken.

In his sermon, Fr. Simon Lebroy challenged us "to be different". As Catholic, we must not succumb to the sweet words of consumerism but listen and respond positively to the Words of Jesus.

It was a beautiful celebration.











我很害怕参加华人婚宴。昨晚的宴会很迟才开始,所以也很迟才结束。老实说,那是在五星级酒店举行的宴会,当然是非常的豪华及排场,但浪费了很多时间等待。我们在傍晚六时二十分出发赴宴,回到家时,已是过了午夜十二时半了。

但这没有影响我们一早起来参加今天圣家主保日的庆典。主保日弥撒由七位神父共祭,然后圣家态像游行。游行队伍从Jln Bukit 的大门出发,环绕 Lot 10 的商业区一圈,然后由 Jln Gereja 的大门回来。这是主保日采用的最长的游行路线。

布道的主讲神师 Simon Lebroy 神父在证道时,挑战身为天主教徒的我们,要敢于“与众不同”。我们不应该受外面世俗消费主义的甜言蜜语诱骗,而应该听从耶稣的教导,作出积极的回应。

这是一个非常成功的主保日庆祝。

2 comments:

Ngu said...

说起华人宴席的一些陋习(如延迟开席)实在令人不可恭维。我身边一些朋友出席宴席在等的时候,常说:若是我请客,我一定会准时开席,绝不等人。但是到了他们请客时,还不是要照样要等、等、等吗?有一个重要的亲人(尤其是长辈)或是一个社会贤达还没到,你能不等吗?你能开席吗?现在很多华社习俗都改得简单多了,为什么迟到的恶习改不了呢?

这使我想起教会的宴席,每次都能准时开席,准时“闭”席。真是感谢主。

我们的圣家主日就像平时主日那么渡过,没有游行。好羡慕你们。

Simon Phun said...

但你们的圣诞节却是非常的隆重及有意义 - 各基督教会联合花车游行,实在是很有意义。

说的宴会等,就是因为有所谓的王八重要人物(亲戚或社会贤达),他们就是要迟到,才显耀他们的重要!华人死要脸。你们那里常有教会设宴,准时开席,准时闭席,确是好事,好习惯。