St Patrick's Parish Guildford
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Silence in the Liturgy

Silence is an integral    element of liturgy. 

The whole way in which liturgy is celebrated should foster reflectiveness.  In addition, this dialogue between God and his people, which happens through the power of the Holy Spirit, requires short intervals of silence.


The Liturgy of the Word is to be celebreated in such a way as to favour mediation, and so, any kind of haste such as hinders recollection is clearly to be avoided.  Brief periods of silence are appropriate, by means of these, under the action of the Holy Spirit, the Word of God may be grasped by the heart and a response made through prayer. 

Periods of silence are appropriate:

  • before the Liturgy of the Word itself begins,
  • after the First Reading before the Responsorial Psalm
  • after the Second Reading before the Gospel Acclamation
  • and lastly at the conclusion of the Homily.

Easter Season



These words of St Augustine have meaning for Christians of every era. 

No other feast is celebrated with such preparation, solemnity and duration as is Easter.

For fifty days, beginning with Easter, the church celebrates until Pentecost Sunday. 

The Paschal Candle stands very prominently in the sanctuary of the church. It is a reminder that Christ our Light has led us out of darkness and slavery of sin into the light and freedom of the children of God.

[cf Romans 8]


The Passover or Easter is the summit of the Liturgical Year, from which all the other parts draw their efficacy of salvation, it is the fulfilment of the redemption of humanity and of perfect glorification of God: it is the destruction of sin and of death, communication of resurrection and of life.

The Easter season is a period of 50 days, with the feast of Pentecost, the coming of the Holy Spirit, marking its end.  Ascension Thursday occurs 40 days after Easter Sunday, although it may be celebrated on the Following Sunday.

Readings during the Easter season focus on Jesus' teaching after the Resurrection.

The liturgical colours used during the Easter season are white, the color of joy and victory, and gold.  Easter is the most important season in the Church's calendar.


Sunday, 13 May
The Ascension of the Lord - Year B

First Reading 

Acts 1:1-11

Jesus is taken up into heaven.


Responsorial Psalm

Psalm 46:2-3. 6-9. R. v.6

(R) God mounts his throne to shouts of joy: a blare of trumpets for the Lord.

Second Reading

Ephesians 1:17-23

Live a life worthy of your calling.

Gospel Acclamation

Mt 28:19. 20


Mark 16:15-20

Jesus commissions the eleven, ascends to heaven.

Feastdays This Week

  • Saturday, 12 May: Saints Nereus and Achilleus, Martyrs
  • Monday, 14 May: Saint Matthias, Apostle
  • Friday, 18 May: Saint John I, Pope and Martyr