Looking at the Westminster Diocesan website recently, I was very interested to read this homily by Archbishop Vincent Nichols on the priesthood and the Holy Mass. It was given at the recent annual Celebration of Priesthood earlier this month.
Reflecting on the part played by the priest in the celebration of Mass, Archbishop Nichols highlighted four main areas for consideration.
Firstly that. 'liturgy is never my own possession, or my creation. It is something that we are given, from the Father.'
Secondly that 'the liturgy forms us, not us the liturgy'.
Thirdly that, 'our part is to offer the Mass as a service to the people.'
And, finally, that 'a profound celebration of the Mass inexorable gives rise to a practical expression of compassion and willing service.'
When you have a moment to spare I heartily recommend that you read the full text. I hope you will find it equally helpful whether a member of the laity or the clergy.
You'll find the whole of the Archbishop's homily here.