EASTER SUNDAY Resurrection of the Lord Mass 7:30AM in the Church Masses at 9AM & 11AM in the Church and school courtyard. May this Easter draw you ever closer to Jesus, that you may experience, perhaps in a new way, the unfailing love and mercy of God. ... See MoreSee Less
Tonight we welcome with gladness, through the Easter Sacraments, our newest brothers and sisters in Christ: Douglas Younglove Angela Henken Elizabeth Hill Michael Bartnick Joseph Berry Sean Carr Cristina Garcia Sierra Carlos Inzunza Paola Silva ... See MoreSee Less
Most our lives are spent in #HolySaturday. In other words, most of our days are not filled with the unbearable pain of a Good Friday. Nor are they suffused with the unbelievable joy of an Easter. Some days are indeed times of great pain and some are of great joy, but most are…in between. Most are, in fact, times of waiting, as the disciples waited during Holy Saturday. We’re waiting. Waiting to get into a good school. Waiting to meet the right person. Waiting to get pregnant. Waiting to get a job. Waiting for things at work to improve Waiting for diagnosis from the doctor. Waiting for life just to get better. • • But there are different kinds of waiting. There is the wait of despair. Here we know—at least we think we know—that things could never get better, that God could never do anything with our situations. This may be the kind of waiting that forced the fearful disciples to hide behind closed doors on Holy Saturday, cowering in terror. Of course they could be forgiven; after Jesus was executed they were in danger of being rounded up and executed by the Roman authorities. (Something tells me, though, that the women disciples, who overall proved themselves better friends than the men during the Passion, were more hopeful.) Then there is the wait of passivity, as if everything were up to “fate.” In this waiting there is no despair, but not much anticipation of anything good either. • • Finally, there is wait of the Christian, which is called hope. It is an active waiting; it knows that, even in the worst of situations, even in the darkest times, God is at work. Even if we can’t see it clearly right now. The disciples’ fear was understandable, but we, who know how the story turned out, who know that Jesus will rise from the dead, who know that God is with us, who know that nothing will be impossible for God, are called to wait in faithful hope. And to look carefully for signs of the new life that are always right around the corner--just like they were on Holy Saturday. • • (Image: "The Two Marys Watch the Tomb of Jesus," by James Tissot.) #Repost @jamesmartinsj ... See MoreSee Less
The Easter Vigil concludes the Sacred Triduum Liturgy which began on Holy Thursday: here is a reflection from Pope Benedict XVI I. Liturgy of Light First there is the fire that becomes light. As the procession makes its way through the church, shrouded in the darkness of the night, the light of the Paschal Candle becomes a wave of lights, and it speaks to us of Christ as the true morning star that never sets – the Risen Lord in whom light has conquered darkness. The great hymn of the Exsultet, which the deacon sings at the beginning of the Easter liturgy, points us quite gently towards a further aspect. It reminds us that this object, the candle, has its origin in the work of bees. So the whole of creation plays its part. In the candle, creation becomes a bearer of light. But in the mind of the Fathers, the candle also in some sense contains a silent reference to the Church,. The cooperation of the living community of believers in the Church in some way resembles the activity of bees. It builds up the community of light. So the candle serves as a summons to us to become involved in the community of the Church, whose raison d’être is to let the light of Christ shine upon the world. II. Liturgy of the Word The Church wishes to offer us a panoramic view of whole trajectory of salvation history, starting with creation, passing through the election and the liberation of Israel to the testimony of the prophets by which this entire history is directed ever more clearly towards Jesus Christ. In the liturgical tradition all these readings were called prophecies. Even when they are not directly foretelling future events, they have a prophetic character, they show us the inner foundation and orientation of history. They cause creation and history to become transparent to what is essential. In this way they take us by the hand and lead us towards Christ, they show us the true Light. III. Liturgy of Baptism & Confirmation Baptism is more than a bath, a purification. It is more than becoming part of a community. It is a new birth. A new beginning in life. The passage of the Letter to the Romans which we read says, in words filled with mystery, that in Baptism we have been “grafted” onto Christ by likeness to his death. In Baptism we give ourselves over to Christ – he takes us unto himself, so that we no longer live for ourselves, but through him, with him and in him; so that we live with him and thus for others. All present renew their baptismal promises while our newest brothers and sisters celebrate the sacraments of initiation. IV. Liturgy of the Eucharist We celebrate Mass as a community gathered, it is the day for encounter with God through Jesus Christ who as the Risen Lord encountered his followers on the first day, Sunday, after they had found the tomb empty. The structure of the week is overturned. No longer does it point towards the seventh day, as the time to participate in God’s rest. It sets out from the first day as the day of encounter with the Risen Lord. This encounter happens afresh at every celebration of the Eucharist, when the Lord enters anew into the midst of his disciples and gives himself to them, allows himself, so to speak, to be touched by them, sits down at table with them. ... See MoreSee Less
O God, who make this most sacred night radiant with the glory of the Lord's Resurrection, stir up in your Church a spirit of adoption, so that, renewed in body and mind, we amy render you undivided service.
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FRIDAY OF THE LORD'S PASSION (GOOD FRIDAY); It is finished—and it has just begun... We can look high and low but we will not find a Catholic Mass celebrated anywhere on this day. There is a Good Friday service, to be sure, but there is no Mass. However, we will gather in churches throughout the world to hear scripture tell of the trial, death, and burial of Jesus. We will pray the universal 10 prayers of intercession for the world. We will walk in procession to venerate the cross Or pray the Chaplet of Divine Mercy. And, on this second of the three sacred days this week that are known as the Triduum, we will receive the Eucharist, consecrated at the Mass of the Last Supper the night before. On this solemn day of prayer and remembrance, do one thing to imitate the love and compassion of Jesus.
Photos: 1)Here on the Via Dolorosa you pass through the walls of the City, toward Golgotha and the Church of the Holy Sepulcher, 2)Golgotha Chapel, built on the rocky place of crucifixion which you can see under the glass, and touch under the altar. ... See MoreSee Less
It was in the Passion, says Saint John of the Cross, that Christ “finished that supreme work which His whole life, its miracles and works of power, had not accomplished: the union and reconciliation of human nature with the life of God.” There is a marked contrast between the first phase of Jesus' ministry with its confident movement within the natural world; mending what is wrong with it, using what is right in it and sharing the social life of men, and that after the Transfiguration, the second phase, with its sense of a deepening conflict with that easy, happy world; the conviction that what is deeply wrong with it can only be mended by sacrifice; that the suffering servant is the one who serves His brothers and sisters best. “Take up the cross if you wish to follow me!” The spiritually natural life is charming, but it stops short of all that god asks for the really surrendered soul. Here we learn all that it means to acknowledge Him as our Way, our Truth, and our Life. I suppose no soul of any sensitiveness can live through Holy Week without an awed and grateful sense of being incorporated in a mystery of self-giving love which yet remains far beyond our span. ... See MoreSee Less