Thursday, April 27, 2006

Feast of St Joseph the Worker and Labour Day 1st May 2006

Feast of St Joseph the Worker and Labour Day 1st May 2006

I led a prayer service at St Mary's South Brisbane prior to the Labour Day march. For those who don't know much about the Catholic community at South Brisbane and it's ability to stir more than the possum, I suggest you visit Dreadnought, whose frenzied attack on our local Church includes a descriptor of me as a "communist crank". Well, it's a lot to live up. I'm more comfortable with "Holy Irritant".

For our prayer, we gathered around our new community banner and an open copy of the Scriptures. We silently used the sign of the cross as our gathering ritual and acknowledged the Indigenous Owners of the land on which we gathered. We sang They'll Know We Are Christians, an old favourite which enough of us could sing from memory. The readings of the day for the feast of St Joseph, the Worker provided food for reflection. Our prayers and petitions included those used in the Church last week for the International Day of Mourning:

We concluded our prayer in a circle around the banner singing "We Shall Overcome" for as Paul reminds us in the Letter to the Romans: "Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good" (12:21) and nothing can separate us from the love of God, neither legislation, nor exploitation, nor injustice.

I have uploaded my collection of images from Monday's Labour Day Celebraton. If you need ahigher resolution copies, please feel free to let me know. Any use of the images in the public domain, should include the caption: "Tony Robertson, Community Photographer"

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