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Letters From A Pastor to His People April 21, 2019
I came across a quote from Saint Gregory the Great, the Pope from the 6th Century.It made me think of Easter.But before unveiling the quote, a word or two about Gregory.
Gregory, born in 540 to a wealthy patrician family, was elected prefect of Rome in his late 20s, an incredible feat.Dissatisfied with this life, he resigned and became a Benedictine monk.Renowned for his holiness and his discipline, the clergy and people of Rome elected him Pope at age 50.
As Pope, he removed unworthy priests from office, lived in monastic simplicity, used funds from the papal treasury to care for victims of the plague, famine, and war, dealt with the Lombard king who was attacking Rome, converted Great Britain to Catholicism, introduced Gregorian chant and other prayers into the Mass, and wrote a book, On Pastoral Care, which is still read today.
From Latin, triduum translates as three days and in our faith, is used to signify the three days preceding a liturgical feast. Most commonly it refers to the final three days at the end of Lent and our liturgical year. Easter Triduum services recall the passion, death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus, as portrayed in the gospels.
What happened on Holy Thursday? Here are some of the things the Gospels record for this day (including events that happened after midnight).
- Sent Peter and John to arrange for them to use the Upper Room to hold the Passover meal.
- Washed the apostles feet.
- Held the first Mass.
- Instituted the priesthood.
- Announced that Judas would betray him.
- Gave the new commandment to love one another.
- Indicated that Peter had a special pastoral role among the apostles.
- Announced that Peter would deny him.
- Prayed for the unity of his followers.
- Held all the discourses recorded across five chapters of John (John 1318).
- Sang a hymn.
- Went to the Mount of Olives.
- Prayed in the Garden of Gethsemane.
- Was betrayed by Judas.
- Stopped the disciples from continuing a violent resistance.
- Healed the ear of Malchus, the high priests servant, after Peter cut it off with a sword.
- Was taken before the high priests Annas and Caiaphas.
- Was denied by Peter.
- Was taken to Pilate.
This Liturgy of the Lords Supper is the final Eucharistic celebration of our Paschal Triduum. Representatives from the parish participate in a ritual washing of the feet by the concelebrant priests, and music is provided by the choirs. All are invited to participate in Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament at any time following Mass until 1100pm.
Please join us for the Mass of the Lords Supper Holy Thursday at 700pm with Eucharistic Adoration following at 830pm
Good Friday is the day on which Catholics commemorate the crucifixion of Jesus Christ. Catholics are joined by almost all other Christians in solemn commemoration on this day. It is also a legal holiday around much of the world.
Please join us for the events on Good Friday in the Church. The day begins with a morning prayer service at 900am including scripture readings, music and prayer, immediately followed by Stations of the Cross at 1130am. Confessions will be heard from 121pm. The solemn services of the Lords Passion at 300pm are a fitting climax for the penitential season; meditative music is played and the offertory is for the benefit of shrines in the Holy Land. Stations of the Cross follow at 700pm.
What happened on the first Holy Saturday?† Here on earth, Jesus disciples mourned his death and, since it was a sabbath day, they rested. Luke notes that the women returned home and prepared spices and ointments. On the sabbath they rested according to the commandment (Luke 2356). At the tomb, the guards that had been stationed there kept watch over the place to make sure that the disciples did not steal Jesus body.
How do we commemorate Holy Saturday? According to the main document governing the celebrations connected with Easter, Paschales Solemnitatis 73. On Holy Saturday the Church is, as it were, at the Lords tomb, meditating on his passion and death, and on his descent into hell, and awaiting his resurrection with prayer and fasting. It is highly recommended that on this day the Office of Readings and Morning Prayer be celebrated with the participation of the people (cf. n. 40).
Please join us for Morning Prayer on April 20, Holy Saturday, at 900am in the Church.
The Easter blessings of food owe their origin to the fact that these particular foods, namely, meat and milk products, including eggs, were forbidden in the Middle Ages during the Lenten fast and abstinence. When the feast of Easter brought the rigorous fast to an end, and these foods were again allowed at table, the people showed their joy and gratitude by first taking the food to church for a blessing. Moreover, they hoped that the Churchs blessing on such edibles would prove a remedy for whatever harmful effects the body might have suffered from the long period of selfdenial.† Today the Easter blessings of food are still held in many churches in the United States.
Please join us for Blessing of the Baskets on April 20, Holy Saturday, at 1100am in the Church.
The Easter Vigil
The Easter Vigil liturgy is the most beautiful liturgy in the Roman Catholic Church. This walks through the Easter Vigil, and includes the words to the Exsultet.
Most Catholics attend Easter Vigil at midnight, although the services can be lengthy because many sacraments are performed, such as baptisms and Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults, during the Mass.
Although celebrated Holy Saturday evening, it is the dramatic Easter vigil liturgy that marks the beginning of Easter. We are awaiting our masters return with our lamps full and burning, so that he will find us awake and seat us at his table (cf. Luke 1235ff). All Catholics should try to attend this beautiful service. The vigil is divided into four parts
1.Service of Light
2.†Liturgy of the Word,
3.Liturgy of Baptism, and
4.Liturgy of the Eucharist.
The culmination of the Easter Triduum is the solemn Easter Vigil. This most significant celebration for Catholics is a beautiful experience we wait in darkness, bless a fire, process with candles and hear stories of our salvation through the scriptures, with much music, splendor and joy. Holy water will be available following the service. Please provide your own containers.
Join us for the Easter Vigil on Saturday, April 20, 700pm in the Church.
Easter is the celebration of Christs resurrection from the dead. It is celebrated on Sunday, and marks the end of Holy Week, the end of Lent, the last day of the Easter Triduum (Holy Thursday, Good Friday and Easter Sunday), and is the beginning of the Easter season of the liturgical year.
As we know from the Gospels, Jesus Christ rose from the dead on the third day following his crucifixion, which would be Sunday. His resurrection marks the triumph of good over evil, sin and death. It is the singular event which proves that those who trust in God and accept Christ will be raised from the dead.
Since Easter represents the fulfillment of Gods promises to mankind, it is the most important holiday on the Christian calendar.
Join us on Sunday, April 21 for Easter Mass at 730am, 930am or 1100am in the Church.
Please join us on Divine Mercy Sunday April 28 in Church for the Divine Mercy Sunday Prayer Service from 300pm to 400pm.† During this service we will sing and pray the Divine Mercy Chaplet with the Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament.
Please feel free to join us in the Divine Mercy Novena to start on Good Friday. Divine Mercy Novena booklets are available by the Divine Mercy presentation at the back of church.
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