Lent conferences
Posted on 18/12/2012 in 2013

All the Sunday from February 17 to March 24 2013 at 4:30 pm

Every Sunday from February 17 to March 24, 2013 at 4:30 p.m.

Developing the theme: "To believe, a chance for all", they will be given by Cardinal Twenty-three, Archbishop of Paris, and his five vicars general: Monsignor Jérôme BEAU, Auxiliary bishop, Monsignor Renauld de DINECHIN, auxiliary bishop, Monsignor Éric de Moulins-BEAUFORT, auxiliary bishop, Monsignor Michel AUPETIT and Monsignor Bruno LEFEBVRE-PONTALIS.
Together they will implement the mission of announcing the Gospel to all men who is the first task of the bishop according to the Tradition of the church, proclaimed by the Liturgy of ordination and reaffirmed forcefully by the Second Vatican Council. Attentive to the doubts and questions of a world where the existence of God is not obvious, the cardinal and his vicars general will share their conviction that, in a secularized world, it is relevant to believe, and to believe in Jesus the Lord.

 

Unlike in previous years, conferences will not be followed by a debate. But at the end of each, Cardinal twenty-three will lead a time of prayer by meditating from the Conference heard. Prayer will be supported by Eucharistic adoration and accompanied by the singing of the mastery and the organ. It will be followed by Vespers and then Mass.
During the mass, at the time of the "I Believe in God" (or "Creed"), the Archbishop will invite the faithful to proclaim the faith of the church by emphasizing every Sunday a particular aspect of the act of faith.

Program

February 17, 2013 : Believe, a gift, a decision? By Monsignor Bruno LEFEBVRE-PONTALIS, vicar general
February 24, 2013 : Believe in the Church? By Monsignor Jérôme BEAU, auxiliary bishop
March 3, 2013 : Christians, light of the world? by Monsignor Renauld de DINECHIN, auxiliary bishop
March 10, 2013 : Believing and doubting By Monsignor Michel AUPETIT, vicar general
17 March 2013 : God, an option? by Monsignor Eric de Moulins-BEAUFORT, auxiliary bishop
March 24, 2013 (twigs) : The world sings the glory of God by Cardinal André Twenty-three, Archbishop of Paris.

 

 

In this "Year of faith", the Lenten lectures take on a new figure. Two unpublished aspects characterize them:
– Developing the theme: "To believe, a chance for all", they will be given by Cardinal Twenty-three, Archbishop of Paris, and his five vicars general: Monsignor Jérôme BEAU, Auxiliary bishop, Monsignor Renauld de DINECHIN, auxiliary bishop, Monsignor Eric de Moulins-BEAUFORT, auxiliary bishop, Monsignor Michel AUPETIT and Monsignor Bruno LEFEBVRE-PONTALIS. Together they will implement the mission of announcing the Gospel to all men who is the first task of the bishop according to the Tradition of the church, proclaimed by the Liturgy of ordination and reaffirmed forcefully by the Second Vatican Council. Attentive to the doubts and questions of a world where the existence of God is not obvious, the cardinal and his vicars general will share their conviction that, in a secularized world, it is relevant to believe, and to believe in Jesus the Lord.
– Unlike previous years, conferences will not be followed by a debate. But at the end of each, Cardinal twenty-three will lead a time of prayer by meditating from the Conference heard. Prayer will be supported by Eucharistic adoration and accompanied by the singing of the mastery and the organ. It will be followed by Vespers and then Mass. During the mass, at the time of the "I Believe in God" (or "Creed"), the Archbishop will invite the faithful to proclaim the faith of the church by emphasizing every Sunday a particular aspect of the act of faith.
These lectures are held in the cathedral Notre-Dame de Paris which celebrates this year the 850 years of the laying of its first stone. It is in itself the fruit of the faith of our ancestors, those who built it and those who have come to pray over the centuries.

The lectures are broadcast live on France-Culture and on the Catholic television KTO, in slight delay on Radio-Notre-Dame.

The lectures will take place from 4.30 pm to 17:15; The time of prayer and adoration between 17:15 and 17h45, Vespers at 17h45. Mass at 6:30.

 

Sunday, February 17
Believe, a gift, a decision?

By Monsignor Bruno LEFEBVRE-PONTALIS, vicar general

The question crosses the history and the hearts of men. Scripture and Tradition show that God speaks the first and makes glow for man the light of truth that "opens his eyes to the heart". Faith is first of all a gift and a work of God himself in the life of man. But at the same time, reason, will and sentiments unite to receive this grace from God and do not stop giving their own answer. Faith is also a decision of the man who engages freely and advances him on a path of conversion.

 

 

Sunday, February 24th
Believe in the Church?

By Monsignor Jérôme BEAU, auxiliary bishop

Every Sunday we profess our faith in the one, Holy, Catholic and Apostolic Church. During this conference, we will deepen the identity of the church as the "Body of Christ" which gives us already to live from the resurrection of Christ and to be carried, in our condition of sinners, by the mercy of God. The Holy Church calls us to the adventure of holiness; And the Virgin Mary, on our way, is the model and the support.

 

 

Sunday, March 3
Christians, light of the world?

by Monsignor Renauld de DINECHIN, auxiliary bishop

Christians, light of the world? In chapter 6 of the Book of Isaiah, the author tells a dream, a vision in which he receives his vocation as a prophet. Before giving his consent for this new mission, he experiences the choice of God on him, so-called election. He understands that while being like the people of his generation, he is set apart for the mission. For him it is a new relationship to the world around him. In the eyes of the mission, however, there will be in the Bible, one before and one after Jesus Christ. The view that the believer bears on the world is transformed by the Incarnation of the Word of God. This conference allows to grasp the originality of the disciple of Christ in his relationship to the world. The election of the prophet and the Incarnation of the Word of God lay the foundations of the Christian mission in the world.

 

 

Sunday, March 10
Believing and doubting

By Monsignor Michel AUPETIT, auxiliary bishop of Paris named

Can we believe today with certainty? Is the truth accessible to human reason? The scientific method had suggested that she could say the true absolute. But today the scientists themselves show that uncertainty is a given of reality. Under these conditions, doubt can lead to a questioning that allows to grow in knowledge and to bring true fertility. But believing is not only the product of a certainty of logical reason. It's also the trust given to someone. When it comes to God, this trust can only be based on an interpersonal relationship with the one who came to reveal the truth of God by assuming our humanity: Jesus Christ. The doubt becomes then suspicion and alters the relationship. The welcome of this incarnate Word is called faith. This faith that opens our human reason to the intelligence of divine things leads us to enter into the Trinitarian communion to realize what is our true vocation: to Love as God loves.

 

 

Sunday, March 17
Believing and doubting

by Monsignor Eric de Moulins-BEAUFORT, auxiliary bishop of Paris

Believing in him or not believing, could it be an option that one takes or which one does not take, or which one renounces after trial? Of course not. Believing in God or not believing in him commands all the way to understand living. That is why a believer has difficulty in representing the mentality of the one who does not believe and the non-believer that of the believer. In reality, believing is not just having a few more opinions and not believing in having less. Believing in God or not believing in him requires everyone to confront the seriousness of life. The act of faith, in its very structure, requires our commitment to existence, in the substance of life. Whether we want it or not, we have to choose. There, in this seriousness, God comes to meet us. We welcome him or we refuse him, but he is always looking for us.

 

 

Sunday, March 24th
The world sings the glory of God

by Cardinal André Twenty-three, Archbishop of Paris

For half a century, the world has entered a time of spiritual crisis. Can he still sing the glory of God? by incarnating, Christ accomplishes the work of the creation and "capacity" of the World: "Mundus capas Dei". The world is capable of God. He sings the glory of God to the Nativity, and this glory is revealed to those who welcome the world as a word.

 

 

 

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