The Passionist General Synod Blog has started putting up the daily Summary from the Drafting Commission. Yesterday’s (on the Day of Formation and Reflection for Synod members on the Themes of Justice, Peace and the Integrity of Creation – JPIC) was written by Father Adolfo Lippi and translated into English by me; today, the opening day of the Synod, we changed roles – I wrote the text and Father Adolfo translated it into Italian.
The day got off to a good start because we began our day’s work by praying out in the fresh air, which helped to wake me up for what was to follow.
The Passionist paparazzi were there too!
There must be something about Passionists and processions. Saint Paul of the Cross, especially in his early days as a mission preacher, used to organise penitential processions as part of the mission. At Stone, Blessed Dominic Barberi held the first Corpus Christi Procession in England since the Reformation. Here at Saints John and Paul , the Opening Prayer of the General Synod was set within a procession. We gathered in front of the large crucifix in the cortile or courtyard between the retreat house and the monastery where, after prayers and scripture readings, we each received a special (yellow) Synod lanyard.
The procession then moved off through the garden to the statue of Saint Paul of the Cross.
Here, after some words of explanation, each of the co-ordinators of the six configurations (the new groupings of provinces and vicariates) received a piece of the Synod logo as a Symbolum Fraternitatis. After singing Salve, Sancte Pater, we then continued our procession down the hill to the aula.
In the aula, the pieces of the logo were placed together and each of us came forward to attach our lanyard to the logo (-I presume we’ll get them back at the end).
We then concluded by singing the Veni, Creator. I must say that it was all done in a very prayerful way, with good singing and obvious preparation.