A celebration Mass, Benediction with a Bishop, one day, then the next day a Confirmation and a church meal together with four birthdays being celebrated, … what a varied and joyful time we had in a short period.
It’s been a time of rejoicing, not only for these public church events, but also people have been celebrating more personal events too – the end of exams, family celebrations etc.
It’s always good to name the positives, it’s good as Christians to share good news and celebrate.
We have been “conjubilant!” Now there’s a splendid, and rather rare, word. It appeared in the last hymn at Mass on Sunday. At the end of Mass Fr Ian repeated the word encouraging us to be conjubilant, and afterwards he challenged a group of young adults gathered after Mass to see if they could weave the word into normal conversation during the week – it became a St Chrysostom’s word for the week!
When priests stand at the altar together at Sunday Mass they ‘concelebrate’ – celebrate together. Of course, in one sense, we all celebrate at Mass. The priests focus of our celebrating.
As we give thanks for many things either happening at our church, or in our personal lives we can share in that too. We can be jubilant together – we can be conjubilant.
As St Bernard of Cluny contemplated heaven he saw it as a wonderful city, and in the hymn we sang, based on his words, spoke of it as Jerusalem the golden. The halls of heaven, he wrote are ‘Conjubilant with song.’ Now, let’s hope that at times here on earth we get glimpses of God’s kingdom, God’s city. Perhaps at times when people of different ages, and outlooks come together and are conjubilant we have a glimpse of the ‘sweet and blessèd country’ of which St Bernard writes.