Dear sisters and brothers in the parish of Our Lady in the Faroe Islands, it is Father Peter speaking to you through the kindness of our Deacon, Christian.
I was supposed to celebrate this Mass with you, but last Sunday’s flight from Copenhagen was cancelled because of the weather, so I came on Wednesday and I have to stay in quarantine for three more days. Here you are used to praying and worshipping when no priest can be with you, so I am sure you will have a worthy service in Mariukirkjan today.
It is the Second Sunday in Lent, and today’s readings present the mysterious way God tested Abraham, our father in faith, the incredibly strong hope Saint Paul had, and the amazing gift God gave Peter, James and John when they had the privilege of seeing who Jesus really is; the tradition of the Church is that God wanted to strengthen their faith for the terrible days to come, when Jesus would be put on trial and executed on the Cross.
Every year, the Pope sends us a message for Lent. This year, he concentrated on the three pillars of our Christian religion: the virtues of faith, hope and love. I want to share with you one sentence from his message on each of these things…
Download and read the full message from Fr. Peter here: Lent 2021 (pdf)